Black Fell: Ness’ First Wainwright

Name of walk Black Fell: Ness' First Wainwright
Date of walk 2014-08-12
Distance walked (miles) 7
Duration of walk 3 hours 30 minutes
Weather Black clouds and strong winds
Peaks on walk Black Fell/Crag
Walked with Ness
Parking Yew Tree Tarn lay-by

On Monday my sister, Ness and I decided to take a walk up Tom Gill to Tarn Hows, and weather willing we would walk up Black Fell to Black Crag (1056ft), a Wainwright mountain! The county was feeling the effects of Hurricane Bertha and it was forecast to be 70mph gusts on the high mountain ridges, so we would need to play it by ear depending on the conditions. The walk is only about six miles and can be done in about three hours. I did this walk a couple of weeks back in much better weather, and it is one of the easiest Wainwright’s for beginners and the unfit to walk up. We did not leave home until after lunch.

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The Tom Gill/Mary Glen car park was full so we parked at Yew Tree Tarn and walked back to the start of the walk up Tom Gill. A swan on Yew Tree Tarn.

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View down Yew Tree Tarn.

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Tom Gill waterfall

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Walking up beside Tom Gill.

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We walk around the first section of Tarn Hows and take the stile across the bracken to the lane.

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After heading up through Iron Keld we walk up the grassy track towards the summit of Black Fell.

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Looking towards the summit. We meet a small OAP rambling group that have just been to the summit. They said it was very windy on the top. If 70-80 year olds could achieve the summit now Ness had no excuse!

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View over to the Langdale Pikes.

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Langdale Pikes closer view.

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Ness on the summit of her first ever Wainwright mountain It was quite windy on the summit, but not quite strong enough to blow you over. Ness was taking no chances and went up on hands and knees!

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Is it that windy? Or is it 'hug a cairn day'?

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Looking towards the Fairfield Horseshoe.

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Windermere.

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Esthwaite Water.

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Bits of sun shining through.

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We head back down and continue our circuit of Tarn Hows.

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Waterproofs on as there were a few short rain showers.

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Very black rainclouds!

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A short sit before the descent back down Tom Gill.

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It takes about 30 minutes to walk the Tom Gill path.

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It has lots of little waterfalls/cascades.

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For some strange reason we decide to return home again via the Coast Road, to Bardsea and Roy's Quality Ices. Thanks to Paul Bryden for his combo suggestion of Roy's Rhubarb Crumble and Honeycomb flavour ice cream.......most delicious! I am sure we can come up with another lame excuse to go somewhere via the Coast Road again very soon....Alan Dewar suggested Lemon Meringue and Black Forest flavour? Hmmmm......sounds a good excuse to me!

Jo.

 

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