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Troutbeck in the Lake District National Park

Troutbeck valley runs northwards from Windermere, the road gradually climbing to Kirkstone Pass, then onto Ullswater. The village itself is on the west side of the valley, strung out along a narrow, undulating minor road. There is no real focus as the cluster of hamets were originally formed around a series of small wells, though there is a post office which sells tea and ice cream.

Troutbeck has been designated a conservation area since it still contains a number of buildings dating from the 16th to the 19th century that still retain original features. One of the oldest houses is Townend, originally built by George Browne in 1626 and lived in by his descendents until 1943. it is now a National Trust property. In addition to it's exterior charm with it's whitewashed walls, stone mullioned windows and old round chimneys, the inside has been restored to its former glory, with original furniture and fine oak panelling.

At the northern end of the village is the famous Mortal Man Hotel. Dating back to 1689, the hotel bears an interesting sign with the rhyme : "O mortal man, that lives by bread, What is it that makes thy nose so red? Thou silly fool, that looks't so pale, tis drinking Sally Birkett's ale". The hotel is closed during the winter, but otherwise is recommended locally for meals.

Several good walks to be had. Wansfell provides some wonderful views, or you can walk up along Trout Bebk and over Threshwaite Cove to Hartsop, or up onto High Street. There are smoe gentler strolls starting around the southern end of the village near the post office.

The nearest tourist information centre is at Windermere, a mere couple of miles away.

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