Kentmere Horseshoe

Fabulous day ridge walking in sunshine.


Sunday, 2 April 2017
15.41 miles/24.8 km
4,019 ft/1,225 m ascent
6 hours 54 minutes

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Early morning start from Kentmere, taking the last parking space by the church. Trekked up the Garburn Pass and then turning right to ascend Yoke (2,316ft/706m), and then the fabulous ridge over Ill Bell (2,484ft/757m), and Froswick (2,362ft/720m) to Thornthwaite Crag (2,572ft/784m).


From Thornthwaite Crag we decided to add on Gray Crag (2,293ft/699m) and then retraced our steps and up on to High Street (2,717ft/828m).  Then back to the classic Kentmere Horseshoe.

Mardale Ill Bell (2,493ft/760m) and the descent to the Nan Bield Pass for lunch in the wind shelter. Crowded with walkers and cyclists. After lunch climbing to Harter Fell (2,556ft/779m) and then the slightly boggy trail over Kentmere Pike (2,395ft/730m) and down to Shipman Knotts (1,926ft/587m).

The Knott

Sunday, 20 April 2014
10.8 miles/17.0km
2810ft/857m ascent
Wainwright #143 & #144

Today’s route was collecting Wainwrights.  We set off from Brothers Water and walked to Hartsop in the warm and then climbed up towards The Knott (2,425ft/739m).  The weather forecast was predicting high winds later in the afternoon – by which time we would be safely back in the valley.

HartsopHayeswater GillHayeswater

On reaching Hayeswater the wind started to pick up .. is it ever still at Hayeswater? We continued up the path ascending steeply on the way to High Street (2,717ft/828m).

Reaching the summit of The Knott we were wearing hats, gloves and windproof jackets as the East wind was getting even stronger.

The route following a wall down and then rising up to the next hill, Rest Dodd (2,283ft/696m) was a welcome relief, the sun came out and we were sheltered in the valley.  This all changed as we neared the grassy summit and from this point until we got close to Brock Crags (1,841ft/561m) the strong side-wind was whipping across the fell, blowing loose strands of grass, made standing and walking difficult.

Rest Dodd SummitThe Nab 2The Nab 1

We dropped off Rest Dodd with a Peregine Falcon swooping overhead, which would have been wonderful if the gale wasn’t blowing us over; and when we reached The Nab (1,890ft/576m), we both sat down to try and find some shelter and prevent being swept off our feet.

Brock Crags SummitBrock CragsHelvellynHigh Street

Thankfully the wind died down a little as we returned over Brock Crags and then past Angle Tarn to Boredale Hause and then back down the straight track to Hartsop.

Brothers Water


From the car park at Brothers Water (NY403134).

The Nab Route

Beda Fell

Wednesday, 16 April 2014
9.7 miles/15.6km
2950ft/899m ascent
Wainwright #137, #138 & #139

Today we thought we deserved a break from ten mile hikes and 3,000 feet ascents.  So we caught the Ullswater Steamer to Howtown and walked up and down Hallin Fell (1,273ft/388m); and up and down Steel Knotts (1,417ft/432m); and then up and down Beda Fell (1,670ft/509m).  We were quite surprised when this turned out to be about ten miles long and 3,000 feet climbing.

There was a cold wind on the lake, so we huddled with hats, gloves and coats for the half hour boat ride to the start of our walk.  Our first hill is Hallin Fell and we sped up the grassy slopes from the church in Martindale.  The huge pillar on the summit is quite distinctive and we were lucky to get a photo of the famous ‘Hound of Hallin Fell’ peering out from behind the cairn.

Ullswater SteamerHallin Fell

We hurried back the way we came and set off again along the ridge of Steel Knotts.  To the East the huge High Street range rising to Rampsgill Head (2,598ft/792m) fills the view; and Place Fell (2,156ft/657m) dominates the view to the West; but there are pleasant glimpses of Ullswater and The Nab (1,890ft/576m) as you climb to the summit (Pikeawassa) with it’s unusual pointed rock top.

HowtownThe Nab

We walked back down and some hours after we set off were on the valley floor less than a mile from the lakeside pier where we started our walk.  Our final, and highest  hill for the day is the long ridge of Beda Fell which forms the Eastern side of Boredale.

Beda HeadHelvellyn from Beda Fell

We followed the familiar route back down Boredale Hause to Patterdale in warm sunshine and managed to find the easier lower path.


Parked in Glenridding (NY389169) and caught the Ullswater Steamer to Howtown.

Beda Fell Route