Kelly Hall Tarn

Name of walk Kelly Hall Tarn
Date of walk 2019-01-31

The following blog shows the same walk on two consecutive days, one in low cloud, one in sunshine and blue skies. Naturally most of the photos come from the second day. I had been in Ulverston in the morning, for brass band practice, so I was already half-way there. The weather was too good not to head on to Torver and redo the walk for the views I had originally gone for the day before.

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The view from my desk. Unusually, it was snowing on Walney Island, meaning that conditions would be far worse in the lakes. So this morning's walk was cancelled.

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But as the morning wore on it started to get brighter. I could see Blackcombe from my window, then the sun came out and it was blue skies and sunshine! So I rang Ged and we decided on a short walk from a main road.

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Typically, as I left Walney Island in glorious sunshine and approached Ged's house in Great Urswick, low cloud descended. Our destination was Kelly Hall Tarn and Torver Common. We parked in the parking spaces on the hill approaching the Land Rover dealership at Torver. In the field opposite the parking space were alpaca. Surprisingly little snow and ice here, there was far more back home.

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All alpaca remind me of film star Bette Davis.

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Cute little ones.

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I head up the hill to the car park opposite the dealership, going through the gate at the back. The tarn is 25m further on. Kelly Hall Tarn with no mountains behind!

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What a difference a day makes! ("...24 little hours...." thanks Paul!) The same view the following day looking over to Dow Crag and Coniston Old Man in full snow conditions.

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Buck Pike and Dow Crag.

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Coniston Old Man.

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The tarn looking black and white on the previous day.

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Coy, posing sheep, showing me her best side.

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And again from the previous day.

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I head up the hill behind the tarn. Looking over to Beacon Fell.

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Very soon Long Moss Tarn comes into view.

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The track for the views to Coniston Water.

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Coniston Water ahead.

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The previous day's view down Coniston Water is very atmospheric.

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Long Moss Tarn from the far end.

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I head north along a track to a peak with a view. I displace the sheep.

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View north.

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South.

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View back the way I have come. I shall head up the snowy track on the right to look down on another tarn.

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Wetherlam.

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Dow Crag.

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Brown Pike and Buck Pike with Blind Tarn in the higher dip.

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Looking back to the little peak I was on.

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Looking down on the unnamed Tarn and back across to Long Moss Tarn.

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All the hills from the top of another grassy hill.

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I head down and around the tarn.

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Then around by the wall.

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The route leads back to Kelly Hall Tarn. I've just walked a circle. I return to my car.

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I walk past the alpacas again.

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Sunbathing!

The walk was a couple of miles at most. The second time I did it in an hour and a half. Very easy, and much better with the views to the snowy hills!

Jo.

 

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