BB0834 : YIFT

Wednesday 29th October 2008

There’s an old army saying that if there is one thing worse than an officer with a map, it is two officers with two maps.

Stan and I managed to prove that today with a fairly pathetic attempt to get us onto the Garburn Road from Troutbeck Church via Limefitt Park.  

In amongst the “lodges” (which looked suspiciously more like brown caravans to me) there were no clues as to which way the bridle path ran and it certainly did not go the way shown on the map.

Troutbeck Church

Following the map just led us to the strangely ornate water tanks, looking more like goods wagons on an abandoned railway. Eventually we found the escape route onto the fell at the wrong side of the pub.  However if we had headed down the valley from the church rather than up the valley, we would not have had this problem.

Yoke from Limefitt Park

Water wagons

Our objective was YIFT.  “What’s that?” you might ask.  Well, some time ago I mentioned to Stan that I could never remember which way round were Froswick, Ill Bell and Yoke. I even made up a little mnemonic but it didn’t work.  Then Stan said “YIFT”.  By the simple device of adding in Thornthwaite Crag, not only did it become an easy word to remember, it actually works.  Add words to it if you like, e.g. “You in front there” or something much ruder, but for me, the simple YIFT works every time. This is important as the YIF part of YIFT represents three distinct hills in a line that can be seen from much of the South Lakeland Area.  But not today.

 Troutbeck Valley and YIFT

Daughter Emma and her fiancé Scott were with us and I wanted to take them on a route with good views. It was supposed to be a half decent day with the risk of showers coming in late in the afternoon.  For this reason, Stan advocated YIFT rather than TFIY.  That was good advice, as befits one who has just become a grandad.  However, the snow flurries through which we had to drive before even reaching Troutbeck took us by surprise.  They were supposed to be over in the west. Fortunately, they stopped before we set off walking. We eventually found the Garburn Road, which we took almost to its zenith before heading left towards Yoke.  As we got higher, the cloud lowered and we soon found ourselves in mist that turned into snow flurries.

Yoke is a steady climb but no views today.  After the drop, Ill Bell is rather steeper.  I tried to take a team photo at the summit but the camera kept falling over in the snow and wind.  Sensing that the party was getting cold and fed up with all the faffing around, I decided to postpone.  

Emma and Scott approach Ill Bell

Ill Bell Team Picture.  Not!

Another drop and steepish climb brought us to Froswick and still not much to see.  Down again and then a climb about which I had quite forgotten to the Roman Road and decision point.  To T or not to T?  The weather was getting worse but Thornthwaite Crag was not far off and offered a wall behind which to shelter for lunch. A full YIFT was agreed.

Thornthwaite Beacon Team Picture

Thornthwaite Beacon loomed out of the mist and I took the team photo there.  In so doing, my hands got perishing cold and I lost all feeling in my fingers. The wind blew along the wall which provided very little shelter. It was therefore a quite miserable lunch stop for me as I really struggled to open my butties.

In the end I thought I would resort to my emergency hand-warmers that I had brought along in case Emma needed them She seemed quite happy and my need was urgent so I broke the seals and put one in each hand.

I might as well have picked up a snowball for all the good it did.  


I was amazed as the ones we use when skiing are wonderful, but these just did nothing. So I gave up on lunch, packed up and struggled into my winter mittens.

By this time quite a crowd had built up at the Beacon, some quite unsure of how to get to Patterdale.  A nice Labrador seemed to sense I was in trouble and tried to comfort me.

It was now snowing and blowing quite hard.  It was the sort of day that, for once, made Tony's habit of sitting for hours in freezing water seem almost therapeutic.

Tony at play

A snow capped Emma

We set off to find the Roman Road down to Troutbeck.  We missed it at first as Stan was so busy chatting but, to be fair, he quickly realised we had gone too far and got us back on the right track, down out of clag.

The Roman Road down to Troutbeck

Troutbeck below the snow line

Troutbeck is a long valley and quite a walk back to the car.  Near the village, we tried the direct path but it was awash so we had to carry on with a road slog.

Then a strange thing happened- my hand warmers started to work.  


Nothing like the promised average temperature of 58°C.

Far Too Little and Far Too Late.  

If you see hand warmers in the shops that look like these in the picture be warned. In my experience they are rubbish.  I just wish I could remember from which shop I bought them. 

Useless Heat Pad

Back in the warmth and dryness of the car we all had second lunch, or in my case, more or less first lunch.  It had been a long walk.  At 12.8 miles and 3,670 feet of climbing it is the toughest we have done since BB0818.  I am little suspicious of these numbers as my Garmin doesn’t always record accurate positions- perhaps too sensitive to “body shadow” being first generation, but it is close to what I made it by a manual plot.

Emma and Scott kindly said that they had enjoyed the walk despite the length, the cold and the lack of views; it had been a bit of an adventure.  If you want to see what we missed, check out:          













Don, 29th October 2008




12.8 miles

Height climbed:

3,670 feet


Yoke, Ill Bell, Froswick, Thornthwiate Beacon


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2008 Outings

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    Avoiding the Graupel;  
    Wednesday 16 January
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    Lyth in the Old Dogs;
    Tuesday 22 January
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    That's Lyth;
    Sunday 27 January
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    Tony's Memory Lane;
    Wednesday 30th January
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    Thank You Mells
    Wednesday 6th February  
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    Wednesday 13th February
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    An Outbreak of Common Sense;
    Thursday 21st February
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    Thursday 13th March
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    Thanks to the MWIS
    Wednesday 19th March
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    High Street and Kidsty Pike
    but no Fairy
    Friday 28th March
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    Wednesday 2nd April
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    Spring in Lakeland
    Sunday 6th April
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    Thursday 10th April
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    What's It All About, Tony?
    Thursday 17th April
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    The Hidden Mountain
    Tuesday 22nd April
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    The Bowland CROW
    Thursday 1st May
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    High Cup Nick:
    The Gurt La'al Canyon
    Wednesday 7th May
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    Travelling Light
    Wednesday 14th May
  • BB0818 :  
    Pensioners’ Day Out
    Thursday 22nd May
  • BB0819 :  
    The Northern Tip
    Thursday 29th May
  • BB0820 :  
    The Bannisdale Horseshoe
    Wednesday 11th June
  • BB0821 :  
    Black, White or Grey Combe?
    Thursday 19th June
  • BB0822
    Thunder on the 555
    Thursday 3rd July
  • BB0823
    We'll Give It Five
    Thursday 10th July
  • BB0824 :
    Shelters from the Storm
    Thursday 17th July
  • BB0825 :
    The Big Wind-Up
    Wednesday 23rd July
  • BB0826 :
    Tony’s Third (and wettest) Alfie
    Wedmesday 30th July
  • BB0827 :
    A Visit to Mud Hall
    Tuesday 19th August
  • BB0828 :
    The Tale of Randy Gill
    Tuesday 27th August
  • BB0829 : Mosedale Cottage Revisited
    Wednesday 3rd September
  • BB0830 : Mist Over Pendle
    Wednesday 10th September
  • BB0831 : Luncheon Chez Monty
    Thursday 2nd October
  • BB0832 : Escape from the Madness
    Thursday 9th October
  • BB0833 : Only on a Thursday
    Thursday 16th October
  • BB0834 : YIFT
    Wednesday 29th October
  • BB0835 : Reflections on Thirlmere
    Thursday 6th November
  • BB0836 : Reet Grand Randonnées
    15th - 19th November
  • BB0837 : Back to Real8ty
    Wednesday 26th November


 The Comback Trail

  • CBT01 : Helm, direttissimo
    Monday 22nd September
  • CBT02 : Cunswick Fell and back in the dark!
    Monday 29th September



  • BskiB08 : Bootski Boys in the Sella Ronda  
    23rd February - 1st March


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If anyone wants to claim other peaks, please let me know and I will submit them to the adjudication committee!


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