9th October 2004

A classic Lake District beauty spot, two lower fells and a quarry


Walk Overview
Time 07.40 to 14.10
Duration 6 hr 30 min
Distance 7.6 mile
Ascent 2172 ft
Walking with Jennifer, Jamie Lockie and Abbey the dog
Tarn Hows - Black Fell - Hodge Close - Holme Fell
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Car park, Tom Gill, near Coniston

This car park is found just down the road from Yew Tree Farm; one of the Lake District properties owned by Beatrix Potter. Aside from this obvious attraction, the car park is generally used as a starting point for a walk to Tarn Hows. It may be further away from Tarn Hows than its main parking spot, but it is easier to get to and the walk past Tom Gill waterfalls is well worth the effort.

This is a pay and display car park.

Should you get here at a reasonable time of day, you may be able to get a free space at Yew Tree Tarn. This is found about 5 minutes walk from the main car park. There is a narrow path linking the two together.


Route Map

Early morning at Tarn Hows.
We had our first frost this morning. It wasn't a hard winters frost, just a slight covering on the occasional clump of grass and the top of every step on a stile near Tarn Hows, But definitely a taste of things to come.

Coniston Old Man from the path around Tarn Hows.

Looking towards Black Crag from near Tarn Hows.
A couple of times we had commented on how a cold frosty morning was more than compensated by the sunny day that usually followed. At this point, this looked to be the case. Little did we know just how the day was going to change.

Tarn Hows.

Lingmoor Fell with the Langdale Pikes and High Raise behind from the path leading up to Black Crag.

Our route to Black Crag.

The higher southern fells from Black Crag summit.

Windermere and Ambleside from Black Crag summit.
As with quite a few of the smaller fells, Black Crag has excellent views in every direction.

Black Crag summit with the Coniston fells behind.

Looking south to Tarn Hows and Coniston Water.

Hodge Close Quarry.

Coniston Water from the cairn above Raven Crag.
Almost all the blue sky had gone by now. It didn't feel like the same day at all.

Holme Fell summit with the Langdales in the distance. This picture was taken just as it started to rain.

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Lake District Walks