|Walk:||Low Bridge, Shipman Knotts, Kentmere Pike, Harter Fell, Nan Bield Pass, Mardale Ill Bell, Thornthwaite Crag, Park Fell, Garmin Road (Track), Garburn Pass|
|Start Point:||Kentmere||Grid Reference:||NY 456 041|
|Distance:||16 miles||Ascent:||4,000 feet|
|Weather:||Sunny all day but a very strong wind which made severely lowerd the temperature.|
|Comments:||Pat and Marie joined me on this walk when the plan was to do the Kentmere Horseshoe in an anti-clockwise direction. We enjoyed the rocky sections on the way to Shipman Knotts then began to feel the strength of the wind as we continued on to Kentmere Pike and Harter Fell. We took a short pause at the Nan Bield Pass where Marie and I recalled another very windy day when Phil lead a walk from Sadgill over the passes to Kentmere and back to the car. By the time we reached Thornthwaite Crag the wind was strong enough to blow us off the path at times. It was then decided that the wind was too strong for us to finish off the Horseshoe route so we descended across Park Fell and along the Troutbeck Valley, climbing above the caravan park to regain the Garburn Road and head back to the car. This route added 3 miles and 400 feet to the walk!|
Shipman Knotts . . .
where Pat, Marie . . .
and I take a short break
Kentmere Pike . . .
where Marie and Pat . . .
check out Yoke, Ill bell and Froswick
Harter Fell . . .
with its ironworks decoration
Leaving Harter Fell Kentmere Reservoir comes into view . . .
as does Small Water and Haweswater
Marie and Pat hide from the wind behind the shelter
Small Water and Haweswater . . .
as we approach Mardale Ill Bell . . .
and pose for . . .
a couple of summit photos
Just a pond - but the colour is amazing
Yoke, Ill Bell and Froswick
Thornthwaite Crag . . .
with its impressive cairn
Kentmere Reservoir with Yoke and Ill Bell to the right
but we decide that the wind is too strong . . .
and descend into the Troutbeck Valley instead of risking crossing them
Looking back up the Troutbeck Valley to the Wainwrights we didn't do today