20th October 2010

Troutbeck to Troutbeck Tongue via the Ill Bell ridge


Walk Overview
Time 09.30 to 15.30
Duration 6 hr
Distance 9.9 mile
Ascent 3020 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Church Bridge Troutbeck - Garburn Pass - Yoke - Ill Bell - Froswick - Park Fell - Troutbeck Tongue - Hag Bridge - Hag Bridge - Ing Lane - Truss Lane - Troutbeck Church - Church Bridge Troutbeck
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 bottom of Garburn Pass.
It was almost like having three seasons on the same day today. Obviously the colours of the trees were showing us autumn, all the pools and puddles were frozen on the tops which gave us a hint of winter, and once we returned to the valley it was warm enough to walk in short sleeves feeling like summer. All in all a perfect day for the outdoors.

A view across to a very autumnal looking Troutbeck.

A close up of Troutbeck Tongue; our final fell of the day.

And another close up, this time of the Town Head area of Troutbeck.
Considering just how small Troutbeck is, perhaps 'Town' is a bit of an ambitious name. Ambitious or otherwise, you have to admit this is a gorgeous spot.

A long distance view across Troutbeck and Windermere to the Coniston Fells and Black Combe.

At the top of Garburn Pass now and looking ahead to Yoke.
Despite the height we'd gained and there being a bit more of a breeze, it was much warmer in the sun than it had been while we were walking up the shaded Garburn Pass.

Yoke summit in front of Ill Bell, High Street and Mardale Ill Bell.

High Street, Mardale Ill Bell, Nan Bield Pass, Harter Fell and Kentmere Reservoir.

All three of the cairns on Ill Bell.

Just two of them now, plus Jennifer adding scale

and one on its own.


Looking ahead to Froswick.

That's where we're heading; down to Troutbeck Tongue, the long low fell in the middle of the picture.

If you needed proof of just how cold it was last night, here it is.

Lunch with a view of Stony Cove Pike.

"So where are we parked at"
"Past the end of Troutbeck Tongue, but not as far as Windermere"

Looking back up our route.

A long distance view from the start of Troutbeck Tongue.
The low point on the skyline is Threshthwaite Mouth.

Troutbeck Tongue summit.


Troutbeck Tongue (the fell) and Troutbeck Park (the farm).

A little bit further along the the road and I took this picture showing all four fells we'd walked on today. Yoke, Ill Bell and Froswick on the ridge, and Troutbeck Tongue much lower down in the valley.

Truss Lane.

Before getting back to the car we had a look inside Troutbeck church, and , , ,

, , , outside the church.

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Lake District Walks