Black Crag and Holme Fell

Name of walk Black Crag and Holme Fell
Date of walk 2007-09-12
Distance walked (miles) 7
Duration of walk 4 hours 0 minutes
Weather overcast
Peaks on walk Black Crag, Holme Fell
Walked with On own
Parking Tom Gill car park

I decided to revisit Black Crag 1056ft and Holme Fell 1040ft. I had done these with Janet in July but the day had been rainy and misty and there had been no views at all from the summits just a total white-out. The visibility forecast for this morning was very poor to poor, but due to change to moderate by mid-morning leading to good by the afternoon. So I didn`t bother to set off until half nine. I drove through Coniston and on to Tom Gill car park and was there for half ten.

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I walked up through the woods to Tom Gill waterfall. Autumn must now be here as the leaves were falling off the trees in droves.

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The route comes out at Tarn Hows. The sky was still very cloudy and grey, not a good day for photos, as it makes the colours very washed out.

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Looking south down the length of Tarn Hows.

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Taking the path leading to Little Langdale I set off up the fell.

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Through the Iron Keld Plantation which is looking a bit sorry for itself, most of the trees having been cut down.

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The summit cairn of Black Fell can just be seen and off to the left the Windermere cairn.

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The views from the summit were a big improvement from last time. Windermere and the Low Wood Hotel could be seen clearly. Wansfell Pike can be seen sticking up, but all the other mountains were obscured by low cloud.

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The Langdale Pikes can be seen to the west with Lingmoor Fell just in front. Tom and I hiked this fell a couple of weeks ago.

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Wetherlam can be seen and in front of it is Holme Fell my next destination.

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The summit cairn and views out to Tarn Hows and beyond that is Coniston Water.

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The Windermere cairn.

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Walking towards high Arnside, the autumn colours are starting to show in the bracken and grasses

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Heading towards the stone hut on the horizon that we missed last time.

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The stone hut. A barn down below with storage above.

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This time I took the road to High Oxen Fell to find the route to Holme Fell. Last time we walked to Hodge Close and went up from the west side. I planned to go from the north and go up and down over the fells keeping Yew Tree Tarn in view. There were more ups and downs than I expected, many of the ups turned out to be hand hold climbs. The Hodge close route is definately easier, but today`s route would be impossible in mist. Today`s route had pretty good views too. Yew Tree Tarn and Coniston Water beyond. To the right is Holme Fell summit.

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Many of the ups and downs were through shoulder high bracken with no tracks, I kept an eye out for ticks and was glad that I had my trousers tucked in my socks and that I hadn`t worn my shorts! Ivy Crag cairn in view, another climb to reach it!

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Ivy Crag summit cairn looking out to the Langdale Pikes and Lingmoor. A small tarn in the foreground.

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Looking down Coniston Water.

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On the left is the rocky outcrop that is the summit of Holme Fell.

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Unlike last time I found Uskdale Gap on my way up to the summit. This is the only safe descent...last time we did the unsafe way! So I retraced my steps back to the gap and started my way down which after a change in direction should lead down to the north end of Yew Tree Tarn.

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Looking down Yew Tree Tarn from the north.

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Looking up to Holme Fell.

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The ups and downs of Holme Fell can be seen on the horizon! I stopped fpr lunch at the end of the tarn. It was now nearly half past two, the walk had taken four hours.

By the time I had got down to the tarn the sun was starting to come out and some bits of blue sky could be seen.
This is a nice short walk of about 7 or so miles and if you enjoy climbing, do the route I did today, if not walk to Hodge Close.
Jo
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