Sunday, 25th May 2008




Walk: Garburn Pass, Yoke, Ill Bell, Froswick, Thornthwaite Crag, Mardale Ill Bell, Nan Bield Pass, Harter Fell, Kentmere Pike, Shipman Knotts
Start Point: Kentmere Grid Reference: NY 458 039
Distance: 12.5 miles Ascent: 3,400 feet
Time: 7 hours    
Weather: Fine, mild, hazy sunshine and very, very, very windy!
Comments: It was nice to see several new faces amongst the 13 strong group and all coped well with the very difficult conditions caused by the gale force winds which never abated. Visibility was excellent throughout and on our way back it was possible to see the horseshoe of all eight summits which looked very impressive.

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Time for a brief pause on the way up to Yoke


Ascending Yoke we can make out the three cairns of Ill Bell with the cairn on Thornthwaite Crag visible to the left


Don't get too comfortable on Yoke, there is still a lot of climbing to do


Getting ready to set off


Kentmere Reservoir with the Nan Bield pass we will be crossing later


Having descended from Yoke it is time to climb again


The middle cairn is the highest one on Ill Bell and provides a little shelter from the wind


There is quite a drop from Ill Bell and by the time we reach the bottom . . .


we are ready for a short break


Troutbeck Tongue just to the right of the walkers, with Windermere in the distance


Looking back to Ill Bell from the route to Froswick . . .


which provides another chance for a brief rest


Lunch at Thornthwaite Crag - the group spreads out to find shelter from the strong, blustery wind


Leaving Thornthwaite Crag we get a good view of Hayeswater with Grey Crag to the left and The Knott to the right


'The Three Peaks' - of Yoke, Ill Bell and Froswick (not the better known mountains!)


It's only just possible to get a picture of Haweswater from Mardale Ill Bell as the wind has now gained in strength


Wedging myself on the banking I can just manage to hold the camera still for a shot of Small Water and Hayeswater


The group seeks shelter again at Nan Bield Pass


Time for a quick drink after climbing onto Harter Fell


The wall at Kentmere Pike provides some shelter from the wind . . .


and Sue makes sure she holds the camera still on Shipman Knotts


The group stretches ahead on the way to Green Quarter . . .


I wonder if they spotted the lonely clump of Marsh Marigolds?

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