8th January 2011

Holme Fell, Black Crag and Tarn Hows


Walk Overview
Time 09.50 to 13.15
Duration 3 hr 25 min
Distance 6.9 mile
Ascent 1800 ft
Walking with On my own
Yew Tree Farm - Harry Guards Woods - Uskdale Gap - Holme Fell - Holme Ground Tarn - Hodge Close - High Oxen Fell - hollin Bank - Black Crag - Iron Keld - Tarn Hows - Tom Gill - Glen Mary Bridge
Fells visited
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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

Not the best picture, but it shows a snowy and sunny Wetherlam behind Yew Tree Farm.

Looking up to Holme Fell.

"If you say the path is yours and I have to move out of the way then that's fine with me"

Walking through the aptly named Uskdale Gap. Well, 'Gap' is aptly named anyway, I've no idea about the Uskdale bit of the name.

On top of Holme Fell and looking across to Bow Fell, The Langdales and Lingmoor Fell.

Looking a bit further round to the snow topped eastern fells.

I suppose I'd better make the best of the sunshine, by the look of this it isn't going to last much longer.
That's Wetherlam by the way.

A close up of Tilberthwaite.

Holme Fell, seen from the larger of the tarns found on route to Hodge Close.

The paths weren't half icy today. It wasn't so much the frozen snow type of ice than the rain has fallen on a cold surface type. Not long after taking this picture I met a couple walking in the opposite direction. They were taking 'fairy steps' on one side of the path and I was doing the same on the other, , , well that's what we called them when we were kids.


High Oxen Fell.

And again. In the background Wetherlam is now topped with cloud.


That's not water on the road, it was like a sheet of ice. Thank heavens for grass verges.

Now for the ascent of Black Crag. The summit is on the skyline, just to the right of the trees and the wall.

Low Arnside, but just look at the weather closing in.

Just after taking this picture the snow and the rain caught up with me.

Raining on Black Crag summit.

A view back to Black Crag.

Down at a frozen Tarn Hows now.

Heading down to the car park via, , ,

, , , Tom Gill waterfall.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks