22nd January 2006

A day in the clouds - Nan Bield Pass and the Ill Bell ridge from Kentmere.


Walk Overview
Time 08.50 to 14.05
Duration 5 hr 15 min
Distance 11.2 mile
Ascent 3287 ft
Walking with Andrew Leaney
Kentmere - Overend - Nan Bield Pass - Mardale Ill Bell - Thornthwaite Crag - Froswick - Ill Bell - Yoke - Garburn Pass - Kentmere
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Roadside parking, Kentmere village

Parking is at a premium in Kentmere, with the early bird generally being the one who gets the space. I should add that apparently, one of the fields near the village is occasionally opened for parking, but I've yet to come here on such an occasion.

I imagine many people come here to walk the Kentmere Horseshoe route, which is all well and good, and I've enjoyed this walk many times myself. However, there are also lots of other walks that can be undertaken from Kentmere, not lest, a simple out and back walk to Kentmere Tarn.


Route Map

Low Lane track, just outside Kentmere.
This picture was taken before we had started to gain any real height and as you can tell, it was already quite misty. I know you don't get the nice views on days like this, but it still makes for an enjoyable walk. The fells seem to have a different feel to them in these conditions, although it can be a little eerie at times.

A little stone footbridge over one of the many streams we had to cross on the route up to Nan Bield Pass.

Nan Bield Pass shelter. The wind was howling through here today, making it very cold and because of the cloud, very damp.

Mardale Ill Bell summit cairn.

Next stop was Thornthwaite Crag.

Looking down the other side of the wall on Thornthwaite Crag at the remains of a snow drift.

Yoke summit cairn.

We just managed to drop below the cloud base as we approached Garburn Pass. We turned left here to drop back down into Kentmere. The track leading off to the right takes you down to Troutbeck.

Looking down to the lower section of Garburn Pass.

And again taken from the section marked on the map as Crabtree Brow.

Looking across to The Nook from the end of the walk.

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