Kentmere Horseshoe

Kentmere Horseshoe

Far Eastern Lake District

Route: Kentmere Horseshoe

Area: Far Eastern Lake District

Date of walk: 25th July 2014

Walkers: Andrew

Distance: 13.3 miles

Weather: sunny and very hot

The Kentmere Horseshoe in the far east of the district is a classic lakeland round, taking in 7 fells in all, though a couple of others are also there for the taking without much extra effort

I parked near St Cuthbert’s Church Kentmere – parking here is very limited so I’d made an early start. A scorching hot day was forecast and I’d packed what felt like a ton of liquid, though it still wasn’t enough in the end. I followed the path towards Garburn Pass which took me to the west ridge of the horseshoe. The climb was at an easy angle and it wasn’t long before I was on the first summit – Yoke Fell

There then followed in order of appearance Ill Bell, Froswick, Mardale Ill Bell, Harter Fell (which is the highest point of the walk at 2,539 feet), Kentmere Pike and Shipman Knotts

It was a boiling hot day – around 27c – but luckily there was a cooling breeze and some cloud cover over much of the higher ground. These two friends deserted me on the long haul back from Shipman Knotts to the start and for the last three miles or so I thought I was going to fry. The extra water which I’d left in the car (thinking it was a sensible thing to do) was only fit for making tea, it was almost bubbling when I got back. This didn’t spoil what had been a memorable day out in the fells

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