Black Fell via Tarn Hows

Name of walk Black Fell via Tarn Hows
Date of walk 2022-01-05

On Wednesday Ged and I drove to the Glen Mary NT car park for the walk up beside Tom Gill to Tarn Hows, and then on to Black Fell. My first mountain walk of 2022, and first since having Covid before Christmas. An easy six mile walk on a beautiful day.

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The first car in the car park. Ged crosses the bridge and we head up into the woods.

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Tom Gill waterfall.

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We continue up beside Tom Gill.

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Not far now until we come out at Tarn Hows.

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The sun is just rising over the hills. We decide to do an anti-clockwise route so the sun will be behind us, and head up to the Scott Memorial.

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Panorama view of Tarn Hows from the Scott Memorial. Left click to enlarge and left click again to return. Snow on the summits of Coniston Old Man and Wetherlam on the left.

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Wetherlam.

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The north end of Tarn Hows where we cross the stile and head for the mountain road and the turn off for Iron Keld.

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Belted Galloways on the path leading up through Iron Keld.

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After the top gate we immediately turn right and head up the fell. View to the two summit cairns of Black fell.

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Panorama of the view before we head up to the summit. Left click to enlarge and left click again to return.

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Summit view to include tarn Hows and Coniston Water above it.

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Ta da!

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We will do a there and back walk over the stile for the views north.

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View of Windermere and the far cairn on the right.

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Ambleside below.

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Cold Pike, Pike o'Blisco, Crinkle Crags and Bowfell. Blake Rigg in the foreground, and down below the farm at Low Arnside.

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Above our shadows Blea Rigg, Helm Crag, Dunmail Raise, then Helvellyn in cloud, Dollywaggon Pike and Fairfield etc..

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To the left of our shadows is Lingmoor and the Langdale Pikes.

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We could see the Howgills in the far distance.

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A closer view towards Fairfield.

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A closer view of the Langdale Pikes.

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Cloud still on Helvellyn.

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Closer view of Crinkle Crags and Bowfell.

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A view from Black Fell's summit tarn.

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We have an early lunch and then head for the far cairn.

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The Belted Galloways are still on the path as we head back down Iron Keld.

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We decide to head back via the Scott Memorial now that there is sunshine on the tarn, in places.

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Panorama at 12.40pm, three hours after the last one.

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We head around Tarn Hows and find a seat to sit on and I finish my coffee.

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Then we head back down beside Tom Gill back to the car park. The walk was 6.6 miles and took us four and a half hours.

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On the way home we stop off and do a circuit of Kelly Hall Tarn. Always good views to Dow Crag and Coniston Old Man.

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Ged just needs a fishing rod! Then its time to go Gnome!

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An against the light shot.

It was good to be back up in the hills again! Maybe up above the snow line next time?

Jo.

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