HAWESWATER HIKE - 27.5.12

                                                                              DESCENDING TO KENTMEREILL BELL

Leader Martyn reports –

 

A beautiful morning greeted nine of us, including myself as walk leader, at the start. We set off at 8.35am to tackle Harter Fell - the first climb of the day. As one of the group said…not the best way to start a walk after a full breakfast! I replied by saying…by the time this walk’s over you’ll be glad you had one. From the summit we had excellent views across the Lakeland fells.

 

We proceeded over Kentmere Pike and down towards Green Quarter and the idyllic small village of Kentmere with lovely flower and shrub gardens everywhere. Tucked away in the Kentmere valley we then turned south alongside Kentmere tarn passing factory and farms to finally reach the Dubbs road. This is a long old drover’s road which finally meets up with the very rough Garburn track.

 

Up ahead we could see the three next big climbs – Yoke, Ill Bell and Froswick – in the hottest part of the day. So a few rest and drink stops were needed and we had a welcome break at 5pm on Ill Bell before moving onward for the last climb past Mardale Ill Bell and the long descent to Small Water and the stepping stones.

 

After finishing with the last section to Mardale Head everyone agreed they had had a good day with hot conditions but a cooling breeze. 22 miles, 6300 feet of ascent in 11 hours and as another of the group said…can we do it again sometime!

                                                                                               KENTMERE HALLLUNCH ON HUGILL FELL