Saturday, 1 July 2000

Wansfell (Baystones)

Wansfell rising over Windermere
Height: 488m (1,601ft)
Prominence: 147m (485ft)
Region: Far Eastern Fells
Classifications: Wainwright, Birkett
Summit feature: Cairn
Times climbed: 1
Related trip report: 
Wansfell - 27/01/2015
The summit (possibly) of Wansfell - called Baystones
What Wainwright said:

"Wansfell, though its summit ridge is fairly narrow and well defined, the slopes on most sides are extensive, the fell as a whole occupying a broad tract of territory between Ambleside and the Troutbeck valley. A rocky bluff at the south-west extremity of the ridge is known as Wansfell Pike is often incorrectly regarded as the top of the fell".

Wansfell is part of the long southern ridge of Caudale Moor and occupies the swathe of territory between Ambleside and the Troutbeck valley. It has an extensive summit ridge with two tops, the highest point of the fell is called Baystones. The fell's name is thought to originate from the Old Norse language and can draw a parallel with Wansdyke in Somerset in that it is named after the main Norse god and means “Wodens Fell”.

Wansfell has strong connections to Ambleside and is seen as very much belonging to the town, with Bill Birkett saying “Wansfell is to Ambleside what St. Pauls is to London”.

The fell's two summits are linked by a dry stone wall, Wansfell Pike is the lower of the two but has a more attractive rocky top and a better view, with Windermere looking particularly attractive to the south.

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