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by johnkaysleftleg » Mon Nov 23, 2015 2:08 pm
Wainwrights included on this walk: Froswick, Harter Fell (Far Eastern Fells), Ill Bell, Kentmere Pike, Mardale Ill Bell, Shipman Knotts, Yoke
Hewitts included on this walk: Froswick, Harter Fell (Far Eastern Fells), Ill Bell, Kentmere Pike, Yoke
Date walked: 03/10/2015
Time taken: 6
Distance: 21.5 km
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Kentmere Fells from High Lane by Anthony Young, on Flickr
Start of the Climb up Shipman Knotts by Anthony Young, on Flickr
Looking back by Anthony Young, on Flickr
The Ill Bell Ridge by Anthony Young, on Flickr
Goat Scar by Anthony Young, on Flickr
Looking back to Shipman Knotts by Anthony Young, on Flickr
There was indeed to be inversions on the Lake District on this day, problem was I was to be to low to take advantage as the mist had stared to pour over the fells from the North plunging me into a soup of clag by the time I reached Kentmere Pike. Harter Fell, the Nam Bield Pass, Mardale Ill Bell, the head of the Kentmere Valley and Froswick all came and went with me seeing bugger all, before I had a leisurely lunch to see if things might lift, drop, clear or do anything other than obscure the views.
Nan Bield Pass by Anthony Young, on Flickr
Clag on the Ill Bell Ridge by Anthony Young, on Flickr
Lunch over I wandered up to Ill Bell and as I was still way ahead of schedule I stopped again this time to have a coffee and a pastry, The sound of distant morons breaking the speed limit on two wheeled death machines far below was the only thing of note and eventually, having gave up on the chance of any views trudged off towards Yoke. On the way to Yoke I noticed sunlight in the top of Rainsborrow Crag, with little else to do I followed the edge of the crags down to the tarn and actually was rewarded with a very hazy view of the whole walk. This is a lovely spot and I whished I'd saved my last snack for here but after lingering I slogged my way back up to Yoke over open fell to at least complete the days fells.
More Clag on the Ill Bell Ridge by Anthony Young, on Flickr
Tarn on Rainsborrow Crag by Anthony Young, on Flickr
Kentmere Valley from Rainsborrow Crag by Anthony Young, on Flickr
Kentmere Reservoir by Anthony Young, on Flickr
Rainsborrow Crag by Anthony Young, on Flickr
Infinity Tarn by Anthony Young, on Flickr
I soon made the Garburn pass which is a truly horrible pedestrian route and made my way back to a surprisingly sunny Kentmere. As it turned out had I turned up later I could have parked in Kentmere as a farmer had opened one of his field for parking at £2 a go
Castle Crag from the Garburn Pass by Anthony Young, on Flickr
Kentmere Church by Anthony Young, on Flickr
No day in the fells, injury apart, is a bad one although I must admit to this day being just a touch disappointing.
by dav2930 » Mon Nov 23, 2015 9:29 pm
by trailmasher » Tue Nov 24, 2015 8:32 pm
by johnkaysleftleg » Tue Nov 24, 2015 8:53 pm
dav2930 wrote:One of my favourite rounds that. Kentmere is a very beautiful valley. The parking situation is pretty dire isn't it? But then a dirty great NT car park would surely be unthinkable !?
It's a lovely place for sure, I think if the council stopped being huffy about the farmer opening his field things might well be a whole lot better.
trailmasher wrote:Damn decent report Anthony and despite the bad light conditions some good pics there A great round but you missed out Thornthwaite Crag mate
Cheers TM, I also missed out on High Street if you're going to be picky I'd had enough of claggy cairns by then and with three more to go my motivation was sadly lacking, very glad I visited the top of Rainsbarrow Crag however, beautiful wee spot.
by ChrisW » Wed Nov 25, 2015 12:44 am
by johnkaysleftleg » Thu Nov 26, 2015 10:47 am
ChrisW wrote:It might have been disappointing to you JK but it looks bloody lovely to me, you really did grab some great shots, I reckon you're disappointment comes from the fact that you could have had that 2 quid parking and missed it
The start and end of the walk was indeed lovely, just the main bit in the middle that was a touch pants.
As it was I parked for free, but I would have gladly paid £2 to avoid reversing down a very narrow 1 in 5 slope and having to finish the day by going back up hill.
by 37201xoIM » Tue Jul 23, 2019 9:27 am
I was slightly (but not much!) luckier in that Harter Fell, High Street and Thornthwaite were all somewhat claggy, but coming back along the ridge from Thornthwaite to Ill Bell and co. was really rather splendid - and remarkably quiet again. The views down towards the rather shapely Froswick and out towards the sea, emerging from the mists momentarily, were lovely.
Anyway, I thought I'd just post that once at the bottom of the pass back in Kentmere, you can cut off a little of the last tedious bit you referred to, JKLL, by bearing across the local paths and bridleways north of the village to reach a footbridge over the young River Kent and then by a couple of field paths to reach the road just a couple of hundred metres short of the parking-place. Probably only saves a little altitude but less tedious than road walking. For what it's worth my GPX track is attached.