Walk                           :  The Kentmere Round from Kentmere – Yoke (2,309ft), Ill Bell (2,476ft), Froswick (2,359ft),

                                        Mardale Ill Bell (2,496ft), Harter Fell (2,539ft), Kentmere Pike (2,397ft), Shipman Knotts (1,926ft)

Date                           :  16th April 2012

Weather                    :  Fair, variable cloud and dry

 

Distance                   : 12.5 miles round trip

Time Taken              : 90 mins to first summit (Yoke)

 

Which part of Lakeland is this walk situated

 

Terrain Overview

 

Overview

 

A challenging round of 7 Wainwright Fells with some steep ups and downs. Good paths throughout it is described as a moderate to hard circuit

 

 

The walk starts just near the church in the tiny hamlet of Kentmere. Car parking space is at a premium however a nearby farm offers one of its fields to use

for a £3 charge in a honesty bucket. Just near the church take the long stony track up to the Garburn Pass

 

 

The path continues through a handgate as it climbs more steeply towards the pass

 

 

Part of the track has been fortified by the “Fix the Fells” team

 

 

At the top of the pass and through the gate and the terrain changes from stone to boggy grass

 

 

The views start to open up now

 

 

From the gate take a right turn and cross the boggy ground and aim for the sloping stone wall seen here

 

 

When possible make your way right to run parallel with the wall for easier ground

 

 

The path leads to a wall stile that gives access to the summit approach to Yoke

 

 

Looking back towards Windermere

 

 

Over the wall style and the summit of Yoke comes into view

 

 

From this point now you get  abetter appreciation of the extent of the walk. Here the summits of Ill Bell and Froswick

 

 

Looking left towards the Helvellyn range

 

 

From the top of Yoke, the steep descent and equally steep climb up to the top of Ill Bell

 

 

The distinctive summit of Ill bell

 

 

Looking down to Kentmere Reservoir

 

 

At the head of the valley – High Street

 

 

The Nan Bield pass leading up to Harter Fell

 

 

The steep trek up to Froswick

 

 

At this point I have just dropped down from Froswick and looking back to the descent path which gives an idea of the severity of the drop

 

 

At the head of the valley towards Mardale Ill Bell looking back to Kentmere Reservoir

 

 

Looking back at the three peaks completed to now

 

 

Here a shot of Small Water sitting approx 700 feet above Haweswater from Mardale Ill Bell

 

 

Looking at the southern end of Haweswater Reservoir. From here follow the path right around to climb to the summit of Harter Fell

 

 

The summit of Harter Fell

 

 

Now take a 90 degree turn and head in the opposite direction of the horseshoe towards Kentmere Pike

 

 

From Kentmere Pike is the final descent back to the valley floor via Shipman Knotts

 

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