24th February 2013

Holme Fell and Black Crag


Walk Overview
Time 09.20 to 14.10
Duration 4 hr 50 min
Distance 7.1 mile
Ascent 2000 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Yew Tree Tarn - Glen Mary Bridge – Yewtree Farm – Uskdale Gap – Holme Fell – Holme Ground Tarns – Hodge Close – High Oxen Fell – Low Oxen Fell – Low Arnside – Black Crag – Iron Keld Plantation – Tarn Hows – Tom Gill Waterfall – 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

Yew Tree Farm.

We've got two options here, walk through the middle of the cows or walk through the middle of the, , , , , , ,
"what's the problem, it'll easily wash off"

Big rocks on the way up to Uskdale Gap.

At Uskdale Gap we turned left and headed up to Holme Fell summit (both of them)

This is the first of the two tops we visited on Holme Fell. In the background are the easily recognisable Langdale Pikes, strangely lacking in snow and in front of them is Lingmoor Fell.

This is the real summit. It's not much higher than t'other one but there is a short down and up separating the two of them.


A close up of Seat Sandal, Grisedale Hause, Fairfield under cloud, Great Rigg and Stone Arthur.

Down at Holmeground Tarns now and while the sun was out it felt quite spring like.   And here we are next to the frozen tarn. It had a good covering of ice but it wasn't very thick.
How do you know?
I threw a big stone in when Jennifer wasn't looking.
What did she say?
I can't repeat it on here. Not every one likes that kind of language.

Walking through the woods towards Hodge Close Quarry.

Here's another picture of Wetherlam. This one was taken from the spoil heaps at Hodge Close. Okay, I admit it's not much of a heap, but spoil hole or spoil level don't have the same ring to them.

Rather him than me !!

Hodge Close   and a little way up the road is High Oxen Fell.

Wetherlam, seen from the other side of High Oxen Fell.

It might be taken from an unusual angle but this longer distance view shows most of the Fairfield horseshoe (the ones with the snow on). Also in the picture are Silver How and Loughrigg Fell.

Low Oxen Fell.


After getting across the main A593 unscathed, we headed up Hollin Bank. What a great view from such a small hill.

Low Arnside farm in front of, or rather to the side of Wetherlam.

Next stop is Black Crag; the little pointed bit to the right of the trees on the skyline.
And to get there, , , , carry on along here for a bit, turn left and head for the gate in the far wall, walk around the left side of the prominent hill and then straight up to the top.

Feeding time.

Windermere seen from Black Crag summit.

Use a little bit of camera zoom and you see Ambleside, Wansfell Pike and the snowy Ill Bell ridge behind.

And the summit itself. Wetherlam, Brim Fell and Coniston Old Man are behind (left).


Just across from the summit and you reach this fine cairn with a fine view down to Windermere.

A close up of Hawkshead and Esthwaite Water.

"Right, pass me the pliers while there's no one about"
"What pliers"
"The ones I asked you bring along; just in case"
"You didn't ask me to bring any pliers"
"Yes I did"
"No you didn't"
"Yes I did"
, , , , , and we went home with empty pockets!

"Hurry up, it's starting to melt over there"

Heading down towards Tom Gill waterfall.


Tom Gill Waterfall.

Given that we haven't had much rain for a few weeks I was surprised to see this much water running down here today.

It was also nice to see a few groups of people had taken the time to walk down from Tarn Hows to see the falls. Of the many, many thousands of folk that visit Tarn Hows every year the percentage that take the short walk down here must be incredibly small.


David Hall -
Lake District Walks