Wansfell stands on the long southern ridge of its parent peak, Caudale Moor, at an elevation of 487 m (1,597 ft) and with a prominence of around 148 m (485 ft). It was listed as one of Wainwright's Far Eastern Fells. There are two summits linked by a dry stone wall, of which Baystones, the one to the north, is higher; however, views from the lower one (called Wansfell Pike, 484 m / 1588 ft) to the south across Windermere are better. It is an easy walk up Wansfell from Ambleside below. The fell is also on the route of the Windermere Way, a long distance path that circles Windermere.