3rd December 2011

Tarn Hows, Black Crag, Stang End and Tilberthwaite


Walk Overview
Time 10.30 to 14.20
Duration 3 hr 50 min
Distance 9.3 mile
Ascent 1900 ft
Walking with On my own
Yew Tree Tarn - Tom Gill - Tarn Hows - Iron Keld - Black Crag - Low Arnside - Low Oxen Fell - High Oxen Fell - Hodge Close - Stang End - Low Hall Garth - Tilberthwaite - Shepherd's Bridge - Yew Tree Farm - Yew Tree Tarn
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

Lane Head Coppice.   Tom Gill waterfall.

, , , , and the unsettled weather continues. Another week has gone by where we've had strong winds, more then our share of rain and cloud every day. What would I like for Christmas? Two weeks of dry calm weather.

Tarn Hows in flood.

I didn't expect any sunshine at all today, so the ten minutes I did get was most welcome.

Sunny Brow, , , , talk about wishful thinking.

Looking ahead to Black Crag. A couple of minutes after taking this picture it was bucketing down.

Windermere, seen from Black Crag summit.


Time to leave Black Crag now and get out of the wind. The next point I'm heading for is Low Arnside; the white farm near the centre of the photo.
The large fell dominating the middle ground is Lingmoor Fell. On the far skyline you have, amongst others, Crinkle Crags, Bow Fell and the Langdales.

Low Arnside, very easy to reach from Black Crag, even if it was a bit wet under foot today.

Another band of rain working it's way across towards me.

Low Oxen Fell.

and High Oxen Fell.

This just one of a whole web of paths, tracks and minor roads in this area which can be linked together to devise walks of a half decent length. Once you've been here a few times and you work out what links to what and what leads to where, you can easily come up with walks that take you to places you might otherwise think impractical to visit on the same walk. This section of track links Hodge Close and Stang End.

"You'll catch your death of cold laying on that wet ground"

Stang End.

Looking across Little Langdale towards Lingmoor Fell.

With this part of the valley being so low down and close to the River Brathay, a raised walkway has been built to allow people to cross when the river is in flood.
I didn't walk any further along here by the way. I only came this far to take a picture and to sit down for a bite to eat.

Turning around after taking the previous picture and you see the ford and how the walkway leads up to the footbridge.

A close up of the nearby Slater's Bridge.

Lingmoor Fell seen here above Little Langdale Tarn.

High Hallgarth.

Little Langdale Tarn and Little Langdale.

I took this picture looking across Little Langdale, through the Blea Tarn gap and across to the Langdale Pikes shortly after turning away from Little Langdale to make my way over to Tilberthwaite.

The road to Tilberthwaite or from it as was the case today.

Cottages at Tilberthwaite.

This could well be the first Shepherd I've ever seen crossing Shepherd's Bridge. I wonder if he thought I was a member of the tractor spotters society.

A view back along the lane between Shepherd's Bridge and Yew Tree Farm.

Yew Tree Farm, one of the many properties given to the National trust by Beatrix Potter.


Back at Yew Tree Tarn. I'm parked over there on the right.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks