Visiting Yoke, Ill bell, Froswick, Thornthwaite, High St,,Mardale Ill bell, Harter Fell & Kentmere Pike
1 Start. Parking is limited around here to about 6 cars. If the Hall is reserved for an event a field is sometimes open to cars for a charge (but not in winter)
Kentmere gets its name from the small elongated lake just to the south of the village. Mere means shallow Lake that is broad but this one must have changed shape over time as it is not broad! It has also had a chequered history as it comes and goes and was even filled in during 1840 to provide pasture.
Cuckoo here in Spring and Greater Spotted Woodpecker
2 Kentmere Hall is famous for its tower house; a fortification built for status in the 13th - early 14th centuries - ostensibly to guard against raiding parties from Scotland. Similar towers occur elsewhere in northern England and southern Scottish counties. Kentmere Hall's tower has 5-foot-thick (1.5 m) walls, tunnel vaulted ceilings, acrenellated roof with turrets and a spiral staircase. Find the path signpost just before and to the right of the house
After leaving the house you will pass two rhyolite (volcanic) boulder stones
Badger Rock Boulder Stone
3 Either go right here and soon stay to the left of the wall, for the quieter but wetter GPS route or carry on 100m and turn right on the main path to Yoke. They converge later on
Lots of Skylark with Meadow Pipit and some Wheatear
4 There is a good view of the reservoir from here. It is fed by the headwaters of the R Kent and was built in 1848 after the mill owners on the banks of the River Kent decided they needed a regular supply of water to drive their water wheels. The main protagonists in the effort to build the reservoir were the James Cropper paper mill at Burnside and they still own it
5 Carry on to Racecourse Hill trig point on High Street (Roman Road) or take the shortcut. They really did have racing up here on the annual fairs day of July 12th!
Yoke, Ill Bell and Froswick from Mardale Ill Bell
Looking Back from Kentmere Pike
6 Stay with the wall on the left here rather than be sucked down to the valley - Shipmann Knotts are an interesting contrast to the featureless moor (which I like) of Kentmere Pike. Walk free through the Knots and check the GPS route just as you are getting down to get back on track
7 Good view of the horseshoe walk from here
8 The turning here is easily missed as there is no stile - just steps projecting from the wall so it is easily missed and the same is for the continuation across the farm track. This section has turned into a good attraction in Spring with new trees planted and a nice 'bowl' of Bluebells. Willow Warbler and Goldfinch here
Updated Sept 2017 with revised quieter route at point 3
Basic Equipment for Hiking
- Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
- Layered, moisture wicking clothing
- Hiking socks
- Rucksack (with rain cover)
- Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
- Hiking poles
- Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
- First aid kit
- Kit para bolhas
- Bivy / survival bag
- Survival blanket
- Pocket knife
- Cell phone
- Navigation equipment / map and compass
- Emergency contact details
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