Mardale Ill Bell, Kentmere

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Mardale Ill Bell is a fell in the English Lake District, rising to the south west of Haweswater Reservoir. It stands on the watershed between Mardale and Kentmere and is the highpoint of the south-eastern ridge of High Street, midway on its course to Harter Fell.TopographyThe head of the Kentmere valley lies to the south-west of the fell with rough slopes leading down over scree to Kentmere Reservoir. Mardale Ill Bell sends out a short grass-topped spur, Lingmell End, which splits the head of the valley into two.The north-eastern face of Mardale Ill Bell forms the craggy backdrop to Blea Water. This perfect corrie tarn is the deepest in the Lake District at 207 ft. Its outflow feeds Haweswater, joining with that of a second tarn, Small Water. Between the two, Mardale Ill Bell throws out the rocky spur of Piot Crag. Two tiers of crag drop down to the confluence at Mardale Waters.South-east of the summit a rough narrowing ridge drops to Nan Bield Pass at 2,100 ft, before rising again over rocky steps to Harter Fell. Nan Bield was the ancient trading route between Kentmere and the now drowned village of Mardale Green, submerged by the raising of Haweswater in the 1940s. Near the shore of Small Water on the descending path are a number of stone shelters, pointers to the earlier importance of the pass. These each provide refuge for one person in extremis, entrance being via crawling.
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  • I have passed Mardale I’ll Bell on 3 previous occasions a This only the second time I deviated to the summit cairn.Sadly, low cloud led to poor visibility.  more »
  • A beautiful little remote fell overlooking Mardale and Haweswater Reservoir. A fantastic climb from Haweswater Reservoir (Mardale Head Car Park) with mostly gradual slopes but some steep inclines and ...  more »
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  • Another great sight. How lovely to be able to climb to such views.
  • Great peak on the Kentmere Round
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