Sunday, 25th May 2008


Walk: Kentmere, Garburn Pass, Yoke, Ill Bell, Froswick, Thornthwaite Crag, Mardale Ill Bell, Nan Bield Pass, Harter Fell, Kentmere Pike, Shipman Knotts, Green Quarter
Start Point: Kentmere Grid Ref: NY 458 039
Distance:  13.5 miles Ascent:  3,400 feet
Weather: A dry and mild day but with a strong wind that became very, very strong during the day
Accompanied by:

Marie (leader), John L, Sheila, Karen, Meriel, Sue, Tony, Chris, Steve,

Comments:  It was a fine and dry day with good views but the wind became increasingly strong and it was hard to stand up at times. After struggling down a rocky, exposed path from Ill Bell we saw that there was an alternative route that looked much easier. Whilst there were some good views it was so windy that it was hard to hold the camera still. By the time we got back to Kentmere the wind had dropped and the sun was quite warm.


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Time for a brief pause on the way to Yoke - quite a few new faces in the group today


The three cairns on Ill bell with Thornthwaite Crag on the left


All smiles on the first of 8 Wainwrights - Yoke . . .


but it is soon time to leave


Today we have a clear view of Kentmere Reservoir and the Nan Bield Pass


Ascending Ill Bell . . .


we soon reach the summit, the middle cairn being the highest


We find a steep rocky descent - I'm sure there is another one somewhere!


Taking a breather after the descent


Troutbeck Tongue, to the right of the walkers, looks very small from up here


It was a long way down from Yoke - this walk is like a roller coaster


Time for another quick break


Everyone spreads out to find shelter from the wind on Thornthwaite Crag


Another horseshoe - from Grey Crag on the left, to Thornthwaite Crag and down to The Knott on the right


The Three Peaks - Yoke, Ill Bell and Froswick


The view from Mardale Ill Bell is much better today . . .


but it is hard to hold the camera still for this view of Small Water and Haweswater


The wind on Nan Bield Pass isn't as bad as I thought it would have been


Our penultimate climb over, time for a drink on Harter Fell . . .


and the wall at Kentmere Pike provides shelter for an afternoon break


I'm sire that little cairn wasn't here a couple of weeks ago!


Some of the group seem eager to get back to the cars . . .


I wonder if they spotted the lonely clump of Marsh Marigolds?

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