Saturday, 1 July 2000

Troutbeck Tongue

Troutbeck Tongue 
Height: 364m (1,194ft) 
Prominence: 73m (239ft) 
Region: Far Eastern Fells 
Classifications: Wainwright, Birkett 
Summit feature: Cairn
Times climbed: 1
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Troutbeck Tongue - 25/01/2015
Troutbeck Tongue's summit
What Wainwright said:

"There are many tongues in Lakeland, all of them wedges of high or rising ground between enclosing becks that join below the tip, but none is more distinctive or aptly named than that of the middle of the Troutbeck Valley".

Because of it is moderate height and proximity to a main road, Troutbeck Tongue represents a pleasant half-day excursion that can be done when the higher fells are in cloud.

It separates Trout Beck from Hagg Gill, its main upper tributary. These two streams almost reconverge behind the fell, the col connecting to Froswick being at only 295 m. This depression carries a number of ancient cairns at the base of the long grassy back-slope of the fell.

Troutbeck Park Farm is a 1,900 acre sheep farm which was bought by the children's book author and illustrator Beatrix Potter in 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.

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.

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