Public Transport based walk with Martin Carpenter.
A further attempt to see if the genus loci of the Eastern fells has forgiven the group our apparent trepasses.
This walk is quite different from last years Troutbeck walk - it pushes significantly further towards the head of Troutbeck and reaches considerably rougher terrain. The scenery compensates up to Woundale, which represents a massive branching point. I've climbed of all of Wansfell Pike, Red Screes, Fairfield and the Kentmere fells from here at different times.
We'll decide which based on how we're going and the weather.
The distances & ascent/descent given here are for climbing to Caudale moor, a descent off rough edge then round to Ambleside by Caiston glen and Scandale.
There is a strong chance of finishing in Ambleside, from where getting a bus back to Windermere makes much more sense than the walking options.
Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport
We’ll use public transport from Manchester to travel to and return from the walk start/end.
Itinerary is below - click station links for map and further information.
07:25: Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 07:44. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.
Return to Windermere. The train out changes at Oxenholme, arriving at 9:31.
If needed, the buses from Ambleside to Windermere are frequent, take a few minutes and cost ~4 pounds.
Seemingly plentiful parking at Windermere station.
07:44: Train departs for the walk start at Windermere.
09:45: Walk starts at Windermere.
Return from Windermere. Sane trains back at 17:07, 18:03 and 19:06, with 19:58 an unpleasant backstop.
Waypoints: Windermere railway station, Orrest head, Longmire Road, bottom of Troutbeck tongue, summit of Troutbeck tongue, Woundale beck, Woundale, Stony Cove Pike, sundry options for return routes.
This walk is least moderately serious, with no genuine bail outs.
There's a period of off path walking round troutbeck tongue and a distinctly rough climb by Woundale beck with a styleless dry stone wall to clamber. Potential for fallen branches post Ophelia and a strong likelyhood of some rather wet ground in places.
The descent off Rough edge is not remotely exposed but is grassy, steep and requires properly grippy footwear. We'll likely do something else if its properly wet underfoot.
Head torches definitely a good idea to carry (as always this time of year), along with plenty of warm clothing despite the semi alpine start. There have been a few decent weather windows amid the recent carnage and if we hit one this could turn out to be quite a long day at height.
If the weather is truly terrible there's an option of getting buses to/from Thirlmere for the rather nice waterfalls & woodland to serve as cover.