23rd May 2012

Walking the Lakeland Passes - Walk 15 - Garburn Pass and Threshthwaite Mouth


Walk Overview
Time 07.00 to 16.10
Duration 9 hr 10 min
Distance 19 mile
Ascent 5300 ft
Walking with On my own
Troutbeck Church - Garburn Pass - Kentmere - Kentmere Reservoir - Thornthwaite Crag - Gray Crag - Hartsop - Pasture Bottom - Threshthwaite Mouth - Troutbeck Church
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Parking spaces, Church Bridge, Troutbeck

There isn't a great deal of room here; perhaps a few more than half a dozen spaces if you're lucky. Once these are taken however, people generally begin to park along the road near the church.

Parking is free

There are lots of walking on offer from this spot, but for myself, I find this an ideal place to head out onto the western arm of the Kentmere horseshoe.


Route Map

The sunny and settled weather continues so today I headed out to take in another of the longer passes walks. I've particularly looked forward to this one because it would take me to so many fantastic places that I especially enjoy visiting. Including them all on the same walk was a real treat.

This picture shows the bottom of Garburn Pass.

Early morning sunshine on Troutbeck and Wansfell Pike.

A close up of the Town Head area of Troutbeck.

Passing by the spoil heaps from the disused quarry. It strikes me as strange why this side of the route is called Garburn Road and the Kentmere side is the one actually called Garburn Pass.

What a gorgeous morning.
Over there on the skyline is Red Screes, Stony Cove Pike and Thornthwaite Crag.

Looking back down to see the long line of buildings that make up Troutbeck and very hazy long distance views beyond that.

This is more or less the highest point on Garburn Pass.

Zigzags on the Kentmere side of the pass.

This is Kentmere, one of the loveliest of all the Lakeland valleys.


Along the road between Kentmere and Hartrigg I passed this guy. No doubt he was eyeing up the lady next to him so I thought it best to give them room to do their courting.

Actually, I took the cowards way out and came up here just in case he took a dislike to me.

Walking towards Hartrigg Farm.

The lack of rain has left many of the steps on Kentmere Reservoir's weir bone dry. (I think this is classed as a weir)


The direct route up Lingmell End onto Mardale Ill Bell looked so inviting today, but after a bit of thinking out loud, I decided not to add this onto what was already a long route. There were far too many downs and ups still to do and it was getting really hot by now. Common sense prevailed.

Total peace and seclusion, just perfect.

Once past the reservoir you enter the fantastic area of upper Kentmere. My route followed the River Kent into Hall Cove and then one of its tributaries to its source high up on the fells between High Street and Thornthwaite Crag. A truly wonderful area.

Miniature waterfalls in upper Kentmere.

An unusual view of Froswick seen from a very refreshing River Kent.

Froswick then it's Ill Bell and Yoke is just out of sight behind Ill Bell.

This is the sheepfold found high up in Hall Cove. Behind me is the small stream I followed out of Hall Cove and up onto the High Street ridge.

and here's the route. Now it got really steep.

It wasn't half hot walking up this bit. Not a breath of wind and a natural sun trap if ever there was one.

Looking up to High Street.

Hayeswater comes into view as I make my way across to Thornthwaite Crag.

Thornthwaite Beacon.
It was here I met only the second person since setting out.

Heading down to Gray Crag now and time to look for a comfortable area of grass to sit on for something to eat.

Eastern fells seen from Gray Crag.

All the way down there is Hartsop. That's where I'm heading now. Then I'm going along the path you can see on the opposite side of the beck.

Living the high life.

Not far from Hartsop now and what is just about the furthest point from the car.


Looking across to Brock Crags from the path leading into Pasture Bottom.

Walking through Pasture Bottom and looking ahead to Threshthwaite Mouth; the low point on the skyline.
Yes, it's a long way.

Pasture Bottom with Brock Crags behind.

A long distance view back down Pasture Bottom.

This was the last steep up of the day and this one was done in first gear with a few mopping my brow stops.

Standing at Threshthwaite Mouth and looking up to Thornthwaite Crag.

A very hazy view down to Troutbeck.

Looking back up to Threshthwaite Mouth.

And again.

I had two options to get around to the opposite end of Troutbeck Tongue. I could have followed Trout Beck and walked around the western side of the fell, but decided to stick to the slightly easier Hag Gill side instead. It was seriously hot and at this point I'd already been walking in it almost non stop for about 8 hours.

Clouds were building surprisingly quickly up in the opposite side of the fells. I'm glad I'm here and not over there.

Today, , , , ,
I have been mostly re-filling my water bottle from streams.


Disused farm building below Yoke.


Troutbeck Tongue in the centre of the picture and Froswick, Ill Bell and Yoke runing across the right hand side.

You don't see many of these anymore. It must have been a right hassle if you were in a hurry. Mind you, when most gates were like this people weren't such a rush all the time.

Truss Lane.
Well what a fantastic walk that one was, and as for the conditions; I couldn't have asked for better. Sunshine for the whole walk, not a breath of wind and summer temperatures.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks