Tarn Hows and Black Fell

Name of walk Tarn Hows and Black Fell
Date of walk 2013-01-26

Yesterday Ged, Kas and I drove to the lay-by at Yew Tree Tarn for a walk up Black Fell (1056ft) via Tom Gill and Tarn Hows. The road here is on a bus route so was clear of ice. We made a late start as the weather was due to get better after lunch.

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Frozen Yew Tree Tarn with the visibility not too good, yet.....

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Walking up besides Tom Gill.....

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Ged testing the ice on Tarn Hows......

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Ged attempting to supplement his pension at the money tree. Money is hammered in all the way up the trunk too.....

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The non frozen end of Tarn Hows....

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Behind this seat is the stile we go over to reach the Mountain Road that leads to Iron Keld....

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Starting up Iron Keld....

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Kas leads the way up. There are no footprints here, we are the first!

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Heading for the summit cairns, the first is to the left the second on the right. Only sheep footprints, no humans! The weather is improving!

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Summit with Coniston Old Man and Wetherlam behind me......

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View out to Wetherlam, Pike o`Blisco, Crinkle Crags, Bowfell, Lingmoor Fell and the Langdale Pikes.......

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Looking at The Fairfield Horseshoe, Scandale Horseshoe and part of the Kentmere Horseshoe.......

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Who has stolen my fishing rod and pond?

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We head for the second cairn. Esthwaite water beyond.....

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Lake Windermere.....

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Second cairn....

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Cloud back on Wetherlam and we head back down.....

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Now the Langdale Pikes are much clearer.....

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Back at Tarn Hows we continue its circuit.....

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Heading towards the car park, there is only one 4x4 as the road up is treacherous!

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You'd never know there was a tarn here!

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Back at the start. The top of Tom Gill is just on the left through the gate.......

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Heading back down Tom Gill....

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Icicles.....

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Yew Tree Tarn looking a bit better than when we started!

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On the drive home we stopped off at Kelly Hall Tarn (Parking near the Land Rover dealership if you can find a space!) Great view now over to Dow Crag and Coniston Old Man.

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The tarn in full.....

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Nearly time for sunset.....

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A good little walk for an afternoon. About seven miles long and takes about four and a half hours.

Jo.

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