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Snowy Stockghyll Lane Walk, Ambleside

December 15, 2010

One of the most popular walks from Ambleside is to Stockghyll Waterfall. A nice little circular walk suitable for all ages. But why not extend this and take in more of the Stockghyll Valley.

Winter Light, Stockghyll Lane, Ambleside

Starting at the back of Barclays Bank walk up the lane and enter at the bottom gate which takes you in to the woodland surrounding the falls. There are picnic tables and disabled access further up the lane at the top gate.

Victorian Circular Gate

You can do a circular walk round the falls, but why not go through the top circular gate and head up to your left in the direction of Wansfell. This is a nice walk at any time of year, but really lovely when it has been snowing.

Towards the Langdales

As you walk up the lane you come to this bench with stunning views of Loughrigg and the Langdale Pikes. Opposite is the path to climb up Wansfell, with stunning views of Windermere, and on to the Troutbeck Valley.

Wansfell Ambleside

The lane is not used much by traffic so is a lovely peaceful walk up the Stockghyll Valley.

Stockghyll Lane

On the day I was there there were lots of icicles forming on a disused barn.


Carry on up and then you have a choice to either cut across the valley past Round Hill Farm and back down Kirkstone Pass, or carry on up the lane past Grove Farm Holiday Cottages, eventually this takes you out at the top of Kirkstone Pass, conveniently beside the Kirkstone Pass Inn.

Looking up Kirkstone Pass

Perhaps a break for a pint of local ale and locally sourced bar snack, before heading back down the lane.

Stockghyll Lane

Wrap up warm in the winter as it can be quite open and windswept at bits.

windswept hillside

This whole walk is on the level with a few up hill sections, but just bear in mind it’s all downhill on the way back!

Berries and Snow

As you walk down the views are stunning in all directions, it can be particularly beautiful at sunset.

Sunset Stockghyll Lane

This would make a nice family Christmas or Boxing Day walk.

Christmas berries

And if it doesn’t snow this Christmas (although it’s looking increasingly likely) well, you could always make your own!

Instant snow


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