2nd February 2013

Yoke to Troutbeck Tongue


Walk Overview
Time 08.30 to 14.10
Duration 5 hr 40 min
Distance 9.7 mile
Ascent 2800 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Church Bridge - Garburn Pass - Garburn Nook - Yoke - Ill Bell - Froswick - Scots Rake - Troutbeck Tongue - Hag Bridge - Ing Bridge - Ing Lane - Truss Lane - Troutbeck Church - Church Bridge
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

Early morning at the bottom of Garburn Pass.

A sort of close up picture showing Coniston Old Man rising up in the distance.

Looking across to Wansfell Pike and part of Troutbeck.

And a wider picture showing almost all of Troutbeck. On the left of the picture you can see part of Windermere and in the background are the Coniston Fells.

We're at the top of Garburn Pass now, and at last we can take advantage of the sunshine that was on offer.

The Brothers Stones, found at the top of Garburn Pass.
Legend has it that there were two brothers in Troutbeck who both fell in love with the same girl from Kentmere. As she couldn't decide which one of the brothers to marry, she sent word that she would marry the first one to arrive at Kentmere church on the following Sunday. Both the girl and the congregation waited all day and the brothers never turned up. When she travelled over to Troutbeck to find out what had happened, the bodies of the brothers were found next to these two stones. Hence the name!


Actually, I just made all that up. But you have to admit it does show you how easy it is to start a rumour.

That's me taking a picture of Red Screes.

Yoke summit. There wasn't half a cold breeze blowing across here. I say across, but it was actually blowing right towards us the whole way along the ridge.


Over on our right hand side we could see Kentmere Reservoir, Mardale Ill Bell and Harter Fell. The low point in the centre of the picture is the top of Nan Bield Pass.

Heading to Ill Bell.
The low point over there is still the top of Nan Bield Pass.

Almost at Ill Bell summit and the cairns come into view.

I wouldn't get too comfortable, it's far too cold to sit about up here.

Windermere seen below two of the three cairns on Ill Bell.

And now Red Screes, Stony Cove Pike and the eastern fells seen behind the third cairn.

I would tell you the old tale about the three brothers from Kentmere but I can't see you falling for it twice in one day.

Leaving Ill Bell to head across to Froswick.

Froswick summit.
Wait for me !

Looking back from the lower, northern end of Troutbeck Tongue.

Troutbeck Tongue summit.

Time for a bite to eat. Once we'd lost all that height and found ourselves out of the wind it was actually nice and warm walking through the valley.

A view back up to Troutbeck Tongue.

Troutbeck Park.

Ing Lane.

Looking over the valley bottom to Yoke, Ill Bell and Froswick.


Just one more photo looking back along Ing Lane.

Yoke and Ill Bell seen from Truss Lane.

And as if by magic, there's now a footpath between the top of Truss Lane and Limefitt Park (avoiding the road).

Troutbeck Church.

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Lake District Walks