Holme Fell and a Toad Orgy

Name of walk Holme Fell and a Toad Orgy
Date of walk 2011-03-24
Distance walked (miles) 2
Duration of walk 2 hours 0 minutes
Weather Sunshine
Peaks on walk Holme Fell
Walked with On own
Parking Hodge Close

This morning the weather was too good to stay home, so I drove to Hodge Close for a quick walk up Holme Fell (1040ft).

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Looking down into Hodge Close Quarry from the route up. I would return to it later.

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I headed up towards the old reservoirs. Ivy Crag and Holme Fell behind.

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There was a lot of movement in the water and quite a lot of noise coming from the thousands of toads mating.

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Room for a small one on top!

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Everywhere there were toads, both in and on the edges of the pond.

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Quite idyllic in the sunshine! No one was around for the whole walk!

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I headed off to the other smaller reservoir. It was full of toads too.

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Looking back along the reservoir wall.

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Time to head on up

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Ivy Crag summit. The hills are very hazy today. It was really warm too. I was just in a T-shirt, with fleece and coat stashed in my ruck sack.

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The Langdale Pikes on the left. It is always very boggy in the section from here to the reservoirs!

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Looking along Coniston Water. I then headed for the summit cairn on Holme Fell.

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From Holme Fell summit looking down on Tilberthwaite and over to Wetherlam. I then head back down.

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Hodge Close Cottage. I head for the quarry depths

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Down in the quarry.

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Looking back up to where I took the first photo from. The water is always still so you usually get good reflections.

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A group of absailers above, with one coming down the quarry wall.

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Back at the top looking down to where I took the previous photo from.

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On the way back home I stopped off at Kelly Hall Tarn which is in Torver opposite the Landrover Dealership. The views beyond to Dow Crag and Coniston Old Man are superb!

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I didn`t see a single toad!

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Then I stopped on the shores of Coniston Water. Pity it was so hazy!

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A good little walk, only two miles, plus the detours to the quarry and tarn. I was back home for lunch!
Jo.
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