18th April 2009

Early morning on the Ill Bell ridge, and Trout Beck to myself


Walk Overview
Time 07.00 to 13.30
Duration 6 hr 30 min
Distance 12 mile
Ascent 3900 ft
Walking with On my own
Troutbeck Church - Garburn Pass - Yoke - Ill Bell - Froswick - Thornthwaite Crag - Trout Beck - Slate Bridge - Troutbeck Tongue - Ing Lane - Truss Lane - A592 - 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

After only a couple of minutes walking I reached the bottom of Garburn Pass; the route linking Troutbeck and Kentmere. And while the beginning of the route may be very rough under foot, once I got out onto the more open fellside above Limefit Park, the track improved somewhat and the views back to Windermere, across to Troutbeck and through the valley were fantastic. This is definitely one of the most pleasant ways to gain 1000ft of height in the Lake District.

Looking across to Troutbeck (part of it anyway), Wansfell Pike and Nanny Lane.

Cloud spilling over from the Patterdale side of Kirkstone Pass; filling the gap between Red Screes and Stony Cove Pike.

8am at the top of Garburn Pass. Not a breath of wind, the sun was beginning to give off a bit of heat and I had the whole place to myself; fantastic.

The 'high' way to Yoke.

A long distance view towards the southern end of the Lake District.

Yoke summit with Ill Bell on the right hand side of the picture.

The view down to Kentmere Tarn.

Following the ridge path to Ill Bell.

One of the three large cairns on Ill Bell.

From the other side of the summit you get a clear view across the remainder of the ridge to Froswick and Thornthwaite Crag.

The unmistakable summit cairn on Thornthwaite Crag providing a foreground for the cloud on Stony Cove Pike.

Looking back, and looking ahead at the same time. Back along the Ill Bell ridge and ahead to Troutbeck Tongue.

Crossing Trout Beck. The lowest point on the skyline is Threshthwaite Mouth.

A welcoming party next to the beck. They didn't accompany me for long, but they did seem more than a little curious.

Another view up to Threshthwaite Mouth, this one taken from the large sheepfold next to the beck.


Walking alongside Trout Beck was just so peaceful today. In fact I'd go so far as to say that the walk through this lovely secluded valley was definitely the highlight of today's outing.


Like its eastern neighbour of Kentmere, Troutbeck is such a long valley with so much to see. A little to the north of The Tongue is decision time where you have three options. The one I went for today was to continue alongside Trout Beck, another would have been to take the track next to Hagg Gill or I could have walked straight over The Tongue. All three are equally enjoyable and eventually they all lead you to the area near Troutbeck Park.

A nicely silhouetted tree.

And the same tree photographed from the opposite direction.

The ancient bridge over Trout Beck made up of stone slabs.

And again, from the waters edge.

Troutbeck Tongue summit.

Still a long way to go, but first it was time for something to eat.

The steeper side of Troutbeck Tongue.

Troutbeck Park.

Troutbeck Tongue seen here from Ing Lane.

Stony Cove Pike on the left of the picture, Troutbeck Tongue in the centre and Thornthwaite Crag, Froswick, Ill Bell and Yoke forming the skyline on the right hand side of the photo.


The view back through a very warm Truss Lane indeed. If it's as nice as this in July and August I'll be more than satisfied.


"I take it you two are related then".

David Hall -
Lake District Walks