4.5 of 5 (11 votes)

The Ill Bell Ridge and High Street

A moderate walk (mountain (above 600m)) in national park Lake District starting and finishing in Cumbria, England, about 16.42km (10.20 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 7:00h. It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Gain 684m (2244ft)
Loss 661m (2168ft)
Max. Elevation 820m (2690ft)
Elevation (total) 1345m (4412ft)
Troutbeck Church Bridge
Patterdale Hotel
Distance 16.42km
Duration ~7:00
Car Free Walks TeamCreated by Timwoods on 24 Dec 2010
A pleasant linear walk from Troutbeck to Ullswater over high ridges, made possible by the Kirkstone Rambler bus service. Highlights include the conical summit of Ill Bell and the picturesque Angle Tarn. Other peaks including Rest Dod, Kidsty Pike and Angletarn Pikes can be included as easy detours. NOTE: Lake District NE area map is also needed.

Walk Functions


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Walk Map


OS Grid NY413027
After heading south from the Church and over the bridge, follow the track on the left and ascend steadily across the hillside towards Garburn Nook.
Garburn Nook About 2.70 km (~1.68 miles) from
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Turn left off the Garburn track and follow the line of the ridge North over the summits of Yoke, Ill Bell and Froswick to the cairn on Thornthwaite Crag.
Thornthwaite Crag About 5.60 km (~3.48 miles) from
OS Grid NY431100
Follow the curving path east then north onto High Street. Detour over the grass to the east to reach the summit cairn of High Street.
High Street About 1.34 km (~0.83 miles) from
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Follow the path north then north west, gradually descending past The Knott, Satura Crag and Angle Tarn to Boredale Hause. Detours along the way can take in The Knott, Rampsgill Head, High Raise, Kidsty Pike, Rest Dodd and Angletarn Pikes if desired.
Boredale Hause About 5.68 km (~3.53 miles) from
OS Grid NY408157
Descend north west across the hillside to the valley floor, then cross the valley south west to Patterdale Village.
Patterdale About 1.10 km (~0.68 miles) from
OS Grid NY397158
Have a pint in the White Lion while you wait for the bus home.

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