Thursday, 9th August 2012


Walk: Garburn Pass, Yoke, Ill Bell, Froswick, Thornthwaite Crag, High Street, Mardale Ill Bell, Nan Bield Pass, Kentmere valley
Start Point: Kentmere Grid Ref: NY 456 041
Distance: 12.5 miles Ascent: 3,000 feet
Weather: Overcast, becoming sunnier in the afternoon Time: 6.5 hours
Comments: After climbing up the Garburn Pass track I took the shorter route beside the wall to reach the track up to Yoke. This was boggy in places but quite passable even after all the rain we had had, A good track then led up to the summit of Yoke and on to Ill Bell with its three cairns. A steep drop was followed by the climb to Froswick then a gradual ascent to Thornthwaite Crag. From here I continued on to High Street before back-tracking a short distance then turning off to reach Mardale Ill Bell. As I descended to Nan Bield Pass the usual collection of cars could be seen at Mardale Head - always a busy spot. From Nan Bield Pass I took the zig-zagging gradual descent into the Kentmere Valley to eventually cross the River Kent to reach the car.

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Badger Rock


Windermere for the climb to . . .


Yoke, with Ill Bell in the distance


Kentmere Reservoir


Ill Bell's three cairns . . .


but the most northerly . . .


is the Wainwright


Looking back to Ill Bell from the climb to . . .


Froswick, with Thornthwaite Crag in the distance


Troutbeck Tongue and Windermere


Twin peaks of Froswick and Ill Bell


The towering cairn of . . .


Thornthwaite Crag . . .


with views across to the Helvellyn range


Hayeswater with Gray Crag on the left and Rest Dodd on the right


High Street . . .


and more views to Helvellyn


Mardale Ill Bell


The curving form of Haweswater


From my lunch spot, views of Harter Fell . . .


Branstree and Selside


Small Water sits 700 feet above Haweswater


Kentmere Reservoir


Nan Bield Pass


Looking back to Nan Bield Pass


Single file on this bridge . . .


but that's OK, there's only me


Looking back up the valley to the Kentmere Horseshoe

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