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The Ill Bell ridge and neighbours

The Ill Bell ridge and neighbours


Postby nigheandonn » Tue Jul 17, 2012 1:06 pm

Wainwrights included on this walk: Froswick, Gray Crag, Ill Bell, Sallows, Sour Howes, Yoke

Hewitts included on this walk: Froswick, Ill Bell, Yoke

Date walked: 25/05/2012

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This was the best weather we've had this year - really too hot for comfortable walking, but it would seem rude to complain! And I got a decent tan out of it, in places at least...

I had an early start to get the train down from Edinburgh, with just enough time in Carlisle to buy breakfast, then more shopping in Windermere - food, sunscreen and water! I could quite happily just wander down lanes all day, and the Dubbs road was very nice - flowers, birds and shade. The Garburn road is a bit stony, but the views are good.

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Troutbeck and Wansfell

Then onto Sour Howes and Sallows, which apart from being a bit steep to start with were better than I expected. They're still hills, after all, and the views were still improving.

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Sour Howes summit

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Sallows summit

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Yoke and the Garburn Pass

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Serrated skylines

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Changing colours, Kentmere

I stopped at the foot of Yoke for lunch - by this point all I wanted was some shade, but there was none to be found.

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Yoke

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Yoke summit

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Rusted machinery

The view of Kentmere reservoir this time was not quite as exciting as the first time I saw it, climbing Thornthwaite Crag in February, but with no hailstorms there was more time for identifying the hills on the other side!

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Kentmere Reservoir, High Street and Nan Bield Pass

The wind was trying pretty hard to blow me off the ridge, but not quite hard enough - and that just about cooled it down enough for comfortable walking.

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Rainsborrow Cove

Ill Bell has a good collection of cairns, and an even better collection of rocks at improbable angles.

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Ill Bell summit

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The ridge

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Froswick summit

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Ill Bell and Froswick, one hill cut in two

Rather than veering off for the High Street, I kept going in a straight line over Thornthwaite Crag and onto Gray Crag.

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High Street

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Gray Crag

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Gray Crag summit

Easy walking as far as the summit, but the descent to Hartsop wasn't much fun - so steep that what I was about to walk over was always hidden behind the curve of the slope. I went down a lot of it on my bottom, sheep droppings not withstanding - and at one point found myself going down something a bit steeper than I intended.

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The crag I climbed down by mistake

Slow, slow going, but I made it to the bottom in the end, to walk on to Patterdale and the youth hostel and a 9pm-ish dinner!

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Old building
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Re: The Ill Bell ridge and neighbours

Postby old danensian » Fri Jul 20, 2012 3:16 pm

Good to read a description of the "whole" ridge being done - having been on Sour Howes and Sallows myself recently I realised how much fuller such a day is rather than starting up Yoke et. al. from the Garburn Pass.

And you certainly got some belting weather.

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Re: The Ill Bell ridge and neighbours

Postby ChrisW » Fri Jul 20, 2012 11:32 pm

Another beauty, two consecutive sunny days in the UK....that must be a record for this year. Great shots again and good to see you had the place to yourself...hiking is always better that way :wink:
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