4th December 2013

Tarn Hows, Black Fell and around Holme Fell


Walk Overview
Time 10:15am to 2:15pm
Duration 4 hr
Distance 6.6 mile
Ascent 1350 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Glen Mary Bridge - Tom Gill - Tarn Hows - Iron Keld Plantation - Black Crag - Low Arnside - low Oxen Fell - High Oxen Fell - Hodge Close - Holme Ground - Shepherd's Bridge - Glen Mary Bridge
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

Yewtree Tarn; taken as we left the car in the lay-by next to the main road. A couple of hundred yards down the road you pay to park. Leave it here and you don't need to start taking pound coins out of your pocket; not one of life's most difficult choices.

Heading up to Tom Gill waterfall.
and here's the waterfall.

A short walk up from the waterfall and you reach Tarn Hows and today, that coincided with getting into the sunshine. Very nice while it lasted.
Ah well,it looks like I'm carrying the rucksack again!



A close up of Lingmoor Fell and the Langdale Pikes which were catching a little bit of sunshine.

For a short distance we walked along this good broad track. It actually runs all the way from the main A593 (Coniston / Ambleside) road to Knipe Fold, but we turned off and headed into Iron Keld Plantation.

Wetherlam in the distance.

That's us two as we commented on the sorry looking trees on the route through Iron Keld Plantation.

Looking ahead to Black Crag.

A long distance view of the fells between Lingmoor Fell / Langdales on the left and Fairfield on the right.

Sunshine on Black Crag.

Black Crag summit.

Ambleside and Windermere seen from Black Crag summit.

Black Crag in front of Wetherlam and Coniston Old Man.

Sunshine on Lingmoor Fell. The unmistakable Langdale Pikes are behind.

Low Arnside.

Here comes the rain.

Up the lane we go towards Low Oxen Fell.

Low Oxen Fell, the house, not the hill behind.


The rain caught up with us so we took shelter in this barn which had plenty of straw bails for us to sit on for ten minutes. Jennifer was getting comfortable sitting there until mentioned that the place was probably full of rats and mice. It was then told go check if the rain had stopped!

Walking through the farmyard at High Oxen Fell.

It looks like the pot of gold is right behind that tree.

Hodge Close.

The Old Forge. Mmmmm, I wonder what this building was used for when the quarry was in its heyday.

Careful you don't slip.

On the route between Hodge Close and Shepherds Bridge we passed by Holme Ground. I'm not sure if the the farm is named after the fell (Holme Fell) or if the fell is named after the farm.

and again.

We leave the road at Shepherds Bridge and begin the half mile walk to Yew Tree Farm.

Looking ahead
and looking back.

Yew Tree Farm used to have a nice tea room which closed down a few years ago. I guess there just wasn't enough money to be made for the effort it must have taken to keep the place running.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks