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Kentmere Horseshoe - 50 bagged!
by Derek T » Sat Apr 16, 2011 8:47 pm
Wainwrights included on this walk: Froswick, Harter Fell (Far Eastern Fells), High Street, Ill Bell, Kentmere Pike, Mardale Ill Bell, Shipman Knotts, Thornthwaite Crag, Yoke
Hewitts included on this walk: Froswick, Harter Fell (Far Eastern Fells), High Street, Ill Bell, Kentmere Pike, Thornthwaite Crag, Yoke
Date walked: 16/04/2011
Time taken: 6
Distance: 21.5 km
Ascent: 1243mRegister or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
After spending 20 minutes driving around Kentmere looking for a parking space (not easy to find up there!) I set off from the car and headed for Garburn Pass. This is a nice start to a long walk as it's a good path and not too sharp an incline.
By the time I reached the pass I was once again in the fog and had no idea what was in front of me as this was my first walk in these Fells. I picked-up the old Roman road and trudged on knowing it would take me to the first 5 summits of the day. The ascent from Garburn to Yoke is quite steep in places and it didn't help my morale not being able to see the target. I didn't hang around on Yoke as it was quite cold and bashed on to the next summit, Ill Bell. I had read Wainwright's description and was slightly wary of what I would find up there but it was very straightforward both up and down, despite the lack of visibility. Foswick was the same story.
Just as I left Foswick the fog cleared and I got a good view of the ridge and the steep path up to Thornthwaite Crag and its magnificent tall cairn pillar. The fells behind me were still shrouded in mist so I ploughed on into the sunshine.
By the time I reached Thornthwaite Crag it was clear in all directions so I had my first view of what I had just come over. I'm glad it was foggy when I did
Next was High Street - a big disappointment really as it has no features to speak of. After a short break for tea and cake (very civilised) I set off for Mardale Ill Bell, which is more of a descent than a climb going in this direction. There is then a steep drop down the stone steps to the col before striking up the steep 500ft ascent to Harter Fell. This was a really nice part of the walk and the last serious ascent of the day.
The walk back over Kentmere Pike and Shipman Knotts (my 50th Wainwright ) is a bit dreary. Just a long trudge through some wet ground but has some magnificent views east and west and down into Kentmere Common. The descent from Shipman Knotts is straightforward but quite long on tired legs and feet. I was glad that the parking space I found was on the east side of Kentmere as it meant I didn't have to drop right down into the valley and back up towards the church. Worth bearing this in mind if you are doing the horseshoe clockwise.
Here's the route...
The batteries were dead in my camera when I took it out the bag so I only managed to get one clear photograph on my BlackBerry. This is Kentmere Common with Yoke, Ill Bell, Foswick, Thornthwaite Crag, the front face of High Street and Harter Fell from left to right.
by susanmyatt » Sun Apr 17, 2011 1:59 pm
by Derek T » Sun Apr 17, 2011 10:09 pm
by colgregg » Sun Apr 17, 2011 10:45 pm