- Troutbeck Tongue
Name = Troutbeck Tongue
Photo = Troutbeck_Tongue_from_Troutbeck.jpg
Caption = Troutbeck Tongue as seen from the approach along Ing Lane
Elevation = 364 m (1,194 ft)
Lake District, Far Eastern Fells
Prominence = "c."70 m
Parent peak =
OS "Explorer" OL7
Grid_ref_UK = NY422064
Listing = Wainwright
Troutbeck Tongue is a small fell located in the English
Lake District, three miles (five kilometres) east of Ambleside. It is one of 214 hills listed in Alfred Wainwright's "Pictorial Guides to the Lakeland Fells", which makes it a popular attraction for walkers who are aiming to complete all the "Wainwrights". Because of it is moderate height and proximity to a main road it is a pleasant half-day excursion that can be done when the higher fells are in cloud.
Troutbeck Tongue branches off south westward from the main
Ill Bellridge, just north of Froswick. It separates Trout Beckfrom Hagg Gill, its main upper tributary. These two streams almost reconverge behind the fell, the col connecting to Froswick being at only convert|968|ft|lk=on. This depression carries a number of ancient cairns at the base of the long grassy back-slope of the fell. The character of this side is in marked contrast to the southern tip of the fell, which drops steeply over rocky outcrops to Troutbeck Park.
The fell is usually climbed from the village of Troutbeck on the
A592 roadthree miles (five kilometres) north of the town of Windermere. From the village it is a pleasant walk to the base of the fell following the course of the Trout Beckalong Ing Lane which leads to Troutbeck ParkFarm. This 1,900 acre (7.7 km²) sheep farm was bought by the children's book author and illustrator Beatrix Potterin 1923, it was in danger of development and so she decided to purchase it. When she died in 1943 she left the farm and its land to the National Trust, along with 13 other farms she owned in the Lake District.
At the farm the ascent of the fell begins, it is quite a steep climb with several rocky outcrops and walls and fences to negotiate but the modest height of the fell makes it a short ascent of less than 30 minutes. There is some evidence of quarrying near the top of the fell and this is marked on the
ummit and view
The summit is grassy with views restricted by the surrounding higher fells, however there is a good view due south down the Troutbeck valley with England's largest lake, Windermere, well seen.
* A Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland Fells, The Far Eastern Fells, Alfred Wainwright ISBN 0-7112-2455-2
* Complete Lakeland Fells, Bill Birkett, ISBN 0-00-713629-3
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