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Ill Bell
757m (2484ft)

The Far Eastern Fells, The Lake District, Cumbria, England


Record Ill Bell as Bagged, Climbed & Conquered


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English Mountain
66th highest in England,
114th in England & Wales

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Wainwright
(No. 60)

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English Nuttall
80th highest in England,
138th in England & Wales

Walk Ill Bell walking UK Mountains in The Far Eastern Fells The Lake District National Park Cumbria, England

Ill Bell Summit

Photo: David Mulvey

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OL7 The English Lakes - South Eastern area


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You can walk to the top of Ill Bell by using any of these 3 easy‑to‑follow route maps:
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Walk c332 The Hagg Gill Round from Troutbeck

Superb ridge walk with wonderful views

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Vital Statistics:

Length: 11ml (17.5km)
Ascent:3,410ft (1,039m)
Time:7½ hrs
Grade:Walk Grade 7 Icon (Hard)
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Walk c257 The Kentmere Skyline from Kentmere

A classic lakeland horseshoe walk

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Vital Statistics:

Length: 11.5ml (18.5km)
Ascent:3,378ft (1,030m)
Time:7½ hrs
Grade:Walk Grade 7 Icon (Hard)
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Walk c153 Thornthwaite Crag from Troutbeck

Superb ridge walk - unmissable

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Vital Statistics:

Length: 12.25ml (19.5km)
Ascent:4,194ft (1,278m)
Time:8.75hrs
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Other walkers who hiked, climbed, bagged and summited Ill Bell Fellow go4awalkers who have already walked, climbed, summited & bagged Ill Bell

Paul Roddam walked up Ill Bell on March 17th, 2024 [with] Barber [weather] Cloudy coming into sun

Sarah Moore climbed Ill Bell on February 24th, 2024 [from/via/route] c332 / The Hagg Gill Round from Troutbeck. Loads of parking options & the route was well defined. Only thing to watch for is the path down when on the ridge. Most continuing on from Froswick but I needed to go left - it's clear if you look for it! Nice to go along the path once down at the Gill / stream - the road / track would be easier if there was a hurry. [with] On my own [weather] February frost, but dry although low visibility for most of the walk - particularly once past Sallows until coming down from Froswick. Glad of layers today! - 10 months since I've been in The Lakes - & it was so so good to be back. Not as cold as I expected & the sun made an appearance but visibility was rubbish. Coming down from Froswick was lethal & I went full length twice - but very glad for the poles & nothing that the washing machine can't fix! (Disappointing given how clear it was later in the day & the next day!)

David Higginbottom bagged Ill Bell on February 9th, 2023 [from/via/route] Route 332 [with] Carolyn [weather] Good

Martyn Howarth hiked Ill Bell on August 15th, 2023 [from/via/route] From Kentmere Institute, as part of the Kentmere Horseshoe. [with] Tilly Howarth. [weather] Gorgeous August day, after some dreadful weather the days before! - Tough 14.5 mile walk - 3600ft of ascent! Brilliant effort by 14 yr old Tilly!

Richard Fulcher summited Ill Bell on April 18th, 2023 [from/via/route] No parking spaces in Kentmere! Parked off road (almost in a ditch, next to farm track). Set off up to the Garburn Pass, turning right at Garburn Nook & then walked up to Yoke. From Yoke we walked around the Kentmere Horseshoe & completed Ill Bell, Froswick, Mardale Ill Bell, Kentmere Pike & Shipman Knotts. We descended via an old shepherds path passing 3 derelict buildings (shepherds huts?) & then walked along the roads back to the car. 12.14 miles. [with] Jen [weather] Sunny, blue skies, very windy in exposed places.. gusts of 30 to 40 mph. Visibility was okay but hazy. - Tiring because of the distance & total ascent of 3,500 feet.

Ian Ashton conquered Ill Bell on April 7th, 2023 [with] Solo

Pete George scaled Ill Bell on May 3rd, 2022 [from/via/route] Troutbeck [with] Roco [weather] Overcast. Wet on tops

Christine Shepherd walked up Ill Bell during August, 2004 [from/via/route] Walked from Kentmere [with] Rebecca and Will [weather] A bit dull but dry to start with, driving rain by mid afternoon. - Climbed this again with my other daughter, Hannah, from Kentmere in very misty conditions. One day I will have a good view from this summit. Finally did this solo on a glorious March day on 6.3.22 using walk c257.

Geoff Hand climbed Ill Bell on November 10th, 2021 [from/via/route] c332 The Hagg Gill round from Troutbeck [with] Alone with Tess [weather] Warm & Dry - Set out from Church Bridge. Ill Bell is the fourth Wainwright on the walk. Two large stone pillars on the top & one cairn nearby. Had lunch looking South towards Windermere.

Jonathan Bevan bagged Ill Bell on July 19th, 2018 [from/via/route] Started KENDAL [with] Solo [weather] Brilliant sunshine

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More Photographs & Pictures of views from, on or of Ill Bell

Troutbeck Tongue, Thornthwaite Crag, Yoke and Ill Bell from Lowther Brow

Troutbeck Tongue, Thornthwaite Crag, Yoke and Ill Bell from Lowther Brow

Photo: Don Gorman (7)

Froswick and Thornthwaite Crag seen from Ill Bell

Froswick and Thornthwaite Crag seen from Ill Bell

Photo: Ivor Bennett (8)

Looking north to Baystones with Thornthwaite Crag (left) and Ill Bell (centre) beyond from Wansfell Pike as the sun catches a passing shower

Looking north to Baystones with Thornthwaite Crag (left) and Ill Bell (centre) beyond from Wansfell Pike as the sun catches a passing shower

Photo: Andy Malcolm (74)

Froswick (right) and Red Screes (back) from Ill Bell

Froswick (right) and Red Screes (back) from Ill Bell

Photo: Matt Delemare (4)

Looking South from the summit of Ill Bell across cloud trapped by a temperature inversion

Looking South from the summit of Ill Bell across cloud trapped by a temperature inversion

Photo: Paul Johnson (14)

Yoke, Ill Bell, Froswick and the shoulder of Lingmell End (Mardale Ill Bell) above Kentmere Reservoir from Harter Fell (Mardale)

Yoke, Ill Bell, Froswick and the shoulder of Lingmell End (Mardale Ill Bell) above Kentmere Reservoir from Harter Fell (Mardale)

Photo: Andy Malcolm (240)

Red Screes (left), Thornthwaite Crag, Froswick, Ill Bell and Yoke from Baystones (Wansfell)

Red Screes (left), Thornthwaite Crag, Froswick, Ill Bell and Yoke from Baystones (Wansfell)

Photo: Art Howe (1)

The Kentmere Horseshoe (Yoke, Ill Bell, Froswick, Thornthwaite Crag, Kentmere Pike and Shipman Knotts) from Hollow Moor

The Kentmere Horseshoe (Yoke, Ill Bell, Froswick, Thornthwaite Crag, Kentmere Pike and Shipman Knotts) from Hollow Moor

Photo: Andy Malcolm (183)

Ill Bell from Froswick

Ill Bell from Froswick

Photo: Ivor Bennett (9)

Yoke, Ill Bell and Froswick from High Street

Yoke, Ill Bell and Froswick from High Street

Photo: Phillip Houlton (14)

Stony Cove Pike (Caudale Moor) (left), Thornthwaite Crag, Froswick, Ill Bell and Yoke (right) from Garburn Road near Troutbeck Park

Stony Cove Pike (Caudale Moor) (left), Thornthwaite Crag, Froswick, Ill Bell and Yoke (right) from Garburn Road near Troutbeck Park

Photo: Philip Butler (1)

Me on Mardale Ill Bell summit

Me on Mardale Ill Bell summit

Photo: Christine Shepherd (464)

Ill Bell and Froswick from Sleddale Forest

Ill Bell and Froswick from Sleddale Forest

Photo: Mike Knipe (130)

Lake Windermere from the summit of Ill Bell

Lake Windermere from the summit of Ill Bell

Photo: Rob Barklamb (37)

Cloud trapped by a temperature inversion clawing at the eastern slopes of Yoke, Ill Bell and Froswick as seen from Thornthwaite Crag

Cloud trapped by a temperature inversion clawing at the eastern slopes of Yoke, Ill Bell and Froswick as seen from Thornthwaite Crag

Photo: Paul Johnson (16)

Trout Beck, Thornthwaite Crag, Froswick and Ill Bell from Troutbeck Park

Trout Beck, Thornthwaite Crag, Froswick and Ill Bell from Troutbeck Park

Photo: Don Gorman (1)

Kentmere with Yoke, Ill Bell, Froswick and Thornthwaite Crag above from Hollow Moor

Kentmere with Yoke, Ill Bell, Froswick and Thornthwaite Crag above from Hollow Moor

Photo: Andy Malcolm (177)

The Westerly aspect from Hollow Moor includes a distant view of Crinkle Crags with Yoke, Ill Bell, Froswick and Thornthwaite Crag above Kentmere

The Westerly aspect from Hollow Moor includes a distant view of Crinkle Crags with Yoke, Ill Bell, Froswick and Thornthwaite Crag above Kentmere

Photo: Andy Malcolm (180)

*Baystones (Wansfell) in the foreground with Red Screes (left), Stony Cove Pike (Caudale Moor), Thornthwaite Crag and the Froswick, Ill Bell, Yoke ridge silhouetted on the skyline from Wansfell Pike

*Baystones (Wansfell) in the foreground with Red Screes (left), Stony Cove Pike (Caudale Moor), Thornthwaite Crag and the Froswick, Ill Bell, Yoke ridge silhouetted on the skyline from Wansfell Pike

Photo: Andy Malcolm (72)

Mardale Ill Bell and High Street from Harter Fell (Mardale)

Mardale Ill Bell and High Street from Harter Fell (Mardale)

Photo: William Ringwood (52)


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