Black Crag with Blue Skies and Snow!

Name of walk Black Crag with Blue Skies and Snow!
Date of walk 2010-12-08
Distance walked (miles) 7
Duration of walk 4 hours 30 minutes
Weather Blue skies
Peaks on walk Black Crag
Walked with Ged and blind Kas
Parking Lay-by beside Yew Tree Tarn

All the schools were shut again yesterday and as it was a blue sky day Ged and I were determined to go somewhere. Especially since due to the weather it had been over a week since our last fell walk. Finding somewhere with access to park would be the most difficult decision, as most of the car parks and side roads are under a foot of snow. There was supposed to be 40mph winds on the high fells so I thought we would go for Black Crag (1056ft), parking in the lay-by next to Yew Tree Tarn. The road is on a bus route so it should be clear. I had a shovel and grit in the boot just in case! Thankfully the lay-by was reasonably clear which was more than could be said for Tom Gill car park where you couldn`t even make out the entrance!

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We walked to the dam of Yew Tree Tarn. No chance of sitting to admire the view!!

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Looking along the frozen tarn.

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We walked back along the road for a short way to the Tom Gill car park and headed on up the gill that leads to Tarn Hows.

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This little guy kept making an appearance.

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Tom Gill waterfall with metre long icicles.

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It was all fresh snow and no ice as we headed on up.

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We kept stopping to feed some Robins that followed us all the way up the gill.

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Kas likes the snow providing it doesn`t go over his head! It was -6C today, but wearing my thermal trousers I was warm. An ideal day for wearing microspikes too!

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Just about to reach the Tarn Hows path

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A frozen Tarn Hows. As the car park for Tarn Hows is inaccesible it was totally devoid of people. If only it was always like this!

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The Robins were very tame. They would take food from my hand!

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Winter wonderland!

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Not many available perching places!

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The path alongside the tarn.

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He kept following us zipping from tree to tree.

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We head for the stile at the far end of the tarn.

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The stile is just behind me which leads across the field to a gate for the track to Iron Keld.

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Heading up through Iron Keld. Some bullocks on the path. Ged takes Kas on a detour. I`m happy to walk through them.

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......closely observed!

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We head up the fellside eventually reaching the view to the two summit cairns.

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Windermere.

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The wind is quite strong on the summit and is blowing all the snow.

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Looking across to Crinkle Crags, Bowfell and the Langdale Pikes.

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The south cairn. We stop for lunch behind the cairn out of the wind.

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The Fairfield Horseshoe.

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We head back. We would normally do a circuit via High Arnside and Holme Fell, but time was getting on and trudging through deep snow is tiring! It was knee high in some places!

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We return the way we came to continue the Tarn Hows circuit.

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Looking back down the length of Tarn Hows.

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Kas leads the way.

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View across the tarn to Wetherlam and Holme Fell.

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The Robin is back again.

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We return back down Tom Gill.

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Finishing with a circuit of Yew Tree Tarn. Looking across the tarn to the car in the lay-by. The sun is starting to set.

The walk took four and a half hours and was about seven miles long. A good day! It definitely beats working!
Jo.
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