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Mardale Ill Bell

Mardale Ill Bell



Grid Reference: NY 44760 10118
Height: 760 metres/2493 feet

"Of the many excellent climbs available from Mardale Head the direct ascent of Mardale Ill Bell ranks high, the walk being favoured by striking views of two of the finest tarns in Lakeland, each set amongst crags in wild and romantic surroundings."
A.Wainwright

Although only a short stroll across a grassy plateau from the summit of High Street, Mardale Ill Bell offers much more, especially when climbed from the Mardale Valley, here rocky ridges climb through spectacular scenery, between some of the most picturesque tarns in the Lake District.

An easier approach from Mardale is via Small Water and Nan Bield Pass, the fine col linking the valleys of Mardale and Kentmere, from here a good path leads to the summit of Mardale Ill Bell.

  1. High Street across Haweswater

    High Street from Mardale: Private Guiding

    Difficulty:
    Exposure:

    Quite a pull up but once on the High Street ridges easy walking on good paths

    Distance: 14km / 9 miles
    Ascent: 930m / 3300ft
    Duration: 6 hours
    Maximum Group Ratio: 10:1
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  2. Froswick and Ill Bell

    Kentmere Horseshoe: Private Guiding

    Difficulty:
    Exposure:

    One of the best horseshoe walks in the Lake District, a long hard day with no exposure

    Distance: 20km / 12 miles
    Ascent: 1200m / 4000ft
    Duration: 8 hours
    Maximum Group Ratio: 10:1
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  3. High Raise in sunshine

    The Cross Lakeland Challenge: Private Guiding

    Difficulty:
    Exposure:

    A long walk, crossing the Lake District from East to West, from Wasdale Head to Wasdale Head

    Distance: 50km / 31 miles
    Ascent: 2300m / 7500ft
    Duration: 2 days
    Maximum Group Ratio: 10:1
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