|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|
|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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