Trout Beck

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Trout Beck from Thresthwaite Mouth

The Trout Beck is a fast flowing river eight miles long on Westmorland, coursing through the Lake District. It is one of the main streams feeding Windermere, entering the lake at Calgarth.

The name of the stream appears in documents from 1292 as Trutebyk.

The river rises between the peaks of Stony Cove Pike and Thornthwaite Crag in the High Street range, at a height of about 1,970 feet.

Several tributaries flowing from the crags to the west of the High Street Roman road combine to form the young Trout Beck. The river descends rapidly, more or less in a southerly direction, through Troutbeck Park and to the west of Troutbeck Tongue. At a height of about 650 feet the Woundale Beck, draining the eastern flanks of Broad End and Pike How, is subsumed. The engorged Trout Beck then skirts Hird Wood on its eastern side before subsuming Hagg Gill at the 460-foot contour. This latter tributary drains the fells around the course of the old Roman road.

The river passes under Ing Bridge as it continues in a southerly direction down the Troutbeck valley through the tranquil fields of the valley bottom. The hamlets of Town Head and High Green are just to the west of the river as it enters Limefitt Park. On emerging from Limefitt the river is bridged by the A592 Kirkstone Pass road. Troutbeck village stands on the west side of the valley.

Continuing through a narrow area of mixed woodland the river eventually reaches the A591 road at Troutbeck Bridge near the town of Windermere. After less than a mile, the river enters Windermere, on its eastern shore at a point close to Calgarth Hall.

From its source the Trout Beck descends some 1,840 feet in a distance of about seven miles. The river is a trout fishery where brown trout can be caught, with a proper rod licence.