Sunday, 6th August 2017

Walk: Ing Lane, Troutbeck Tongue, Park Fell, Thornthwaite Crag, Froswick, Ill Bell, Yoke, Garburn Road (Track), The Howe
Start Point: Church Bridge, Troutbeck Grid Reference: NY 412 027
Distance: 12 miles Ascent: 3,600 feet
Time: 6.5 hours
Weather: A dry but overcast morning with strong winds and heavy rain in the afternoon.

Heading out along Ing Lane a steep climb took us to the summit of Troutbeck Tongue. Making our way along the Tongue we were treated to a display of sheep dogs, and people, rounding up a large number of sheep. A short stop for our morning break gave us the opportunity to check out our onward path ascending diagonally across Park Fell and eventually leading to Thornthwaite Crag where the wind was testing out its strength. Hurriedly moving on we made our way to Froswick for a quick group photo then it was on to Ill Bell. We were fortunate to get a group photo before the mist descended and the rain started. The rest of the walk was in rain, sometimes quite heavy, but at least it had eased off by the time we got back to the cars.

Low mist on the summits surrounding Troutbeck Tongue

What a bunch!! (The hay bales that is)

This is my favourite hay bale

Sheep jam

The lonesome stile . . .

which John decides to cross . . .

followed by . . .

the rest of the group

Troutbeck Tongue

Threshthwaite Mouth with Stony Cove Pike to the left and Thornthwaite Crag to the right

Walking along the ridge . . .

we were treated to . . .

a display of . . .

sheep gathering

Looking back over Troutbeck Tongue to Windermere . . .

as we climb the diagonal path across Park Fell

Ullswater can just be seen beyond Threshthwaite Mouth

Thronthwaite Crag is our half way point . . .

and is the windiest spot of the day

Heading for Froswick . . .

and a group photo . . .

plus one of the leader

The rocky face of Ill Bell looks quite daunting

Kentmere Reservoir . . .

seems to have a severe shortage of water!?!

Looking over Froswick to Thornthwaite Crag from Ill Bell

A quick shot of the three cairns . . . the third one just popping into sight

But we had better hurry up . . .

to get a photo before the rain reaches us

Having lunch on the sheltered north side of Ill Bell we watched the mist descend -
until nothing else could be seen!!

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