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Kentmere Horseshoe

7th June 2015

Route. Kentmere church - Garburn Pass - Yoke - Ill Bell - Froswick - Thornthwaite Fell - Mardale Ill Bell - Nan Bield - Harter Fell - Kentmere Pike  - Shipman Knotts - Stile End  - Kentmere Church

(about 12 miles 3000ft ascent)


A walk around an old favourite for myself and Sue today. We have walked the Kentmere round a few times between us but today was the first time we have had uninterrupted views all the way round.

Lovely weather as we set of from the church heading for the low point in the distance.

A look down past Badger Rock along the Kentmere valley.

looking back down the path over Kentmere village with Green Quarter fell behind.

 Just approaching the steepish bit of the path and the lights have gone out and it started to rain.

The lights are back on but it's still a little chilly in the wind as we start the climb to Yoke.

Windermere from the slopes of Yoke.

And a look along the ridge from Yoke summit.

 Kentmere reservoir and Nan Bield pass.

Heading for Ill Bell.

Rainsbarrow crag on the right with Kentmere beyond.

  The three cairns on Ill Bell.

Looking to the head of the valley.

Unmistakable Catstycam

We are heading for Thornthwaite Beacon.just visible in the distance.

Sue looks back to Ill Bell from Froswick

Lovely blue sky as we reach the beacon.

Hayeswater has shrunk a little since the dam was removed

Snoozing sheep and Ill Bell.

The great view of the first three fells walked.

On Mardale Ill Bell now.

Super view of Blea Tarn from just past the cairn on Mardale Ill Bell.

The great bulk of Harter Fell. The path climbing up is flattened by the camera but is quite a climb.

Small Water and Haweswater from the climb.

Kentmere reservoir and the Ill Bell ridge seen from the other side.

Sue reaches the top of the climb. The Coniston fells form the horizon.

There seems to be more stone than old iron in Harter fell's cairn now.

Lovely open ridge walking all the way to Kentmere Pike. This is looking back to Harter Fell.

Just over the wall is found Kentmere Pike's trig point. Those are the very far eastern and Shap fells in the distance and although we have recently walked them they are such featureless grassy mounds that it's hard to pick out one from another

A look into Longsleddale.

Next and last stop Shipman Knotts approaching.

Just follow the wall right to the top.

A nice display of Bluebells in Low Lane

A wide view of the Kentmere Horseshoe.

Last walk  - Six from the A6 - Next walk - Blencathra and Sharp Edge