26th March 2017

Tarn Hows, Black Crag and Hodge Close

Time 9:50am to 3pm
Duration 5 hr 10 min
Distance 7.5 mile
Ascent Somewhere about 1400 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Yew Tree Tarn - Tom Gill - Tarn Hows - Iron Keld Plantation - Black Crag - Low Arnside - Low Oxen Fell - High Oxen Fell - Hodge Close - Holme Ground - Shepherds Bridge - Yew Tree Farn - 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.

Weather Readings

The Gadget
All readings were taken using a Kestrel 2000 Weather Meter
Live temperature recorded at the time I press the hold key
Maximum Wind Speed Maximum wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location Average Wind Speed
Average wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location
Wind Chill
Combination of wind speed and temperature. The gadget does the calculations not me.

Route Map


Parking up and booting up at Yew Tree Tarn was lovely this morning. Without a breath of wind to ruin my hair or a ripple on the water to spoil the reflections, the only thing that confirmed that it wasn't the middle of summer was the lack of leaves on the trees. Then, as the morning advanced into afternoon the temperature climbed into the low 20s to give that feel good factor to everyone that was out and about.

Into Lane Head Coppice we go and this is the first of the waterfalls we passed on route up to Tarn Hows.

Not a bad view eh! Tarn Hows in front of Coniston Old Man and Wetherlam.

Panda Cows, more interested in their dinner than us two watching them.

Looking across to Black Crag.

Ambleside and Windermere seen from the very large and very neat cairn found a short distance from the actual top of the fell.


Black Crag summit with Coniston Old Man on the left and Wetherlam on the right.

"Tell you what, let's have something to eat down there"

and here we enjoying dinner with a view. Shortly after taking this a farmer arrived on his quad bike, quickly followed by a young looking sheepdog. Once the dog spotted us two it lost interest in chasing the bike and decided to sit with us, after nudging the both of us for a bit of attention.

Time to make a move but not before taking a picture of Low Arnside in front of Wetherlam.

A close up of Bow Fell.


A few times in the past we've sat in there for a bit of shelter from the cold, wind, rain or all three of them. No need to seek shelter today. Quite the opposite in fact, because the one place you wanted to be was out in the sunshine.

Passing by High Oxen Fell.

It's been a few years so today, we decided to head down into the quarry.


Water reflections on the roof.



Jennifer adding scale.

Holme Ground is passed and we continue steadily downhill to Shepherds Bridge.

Before actually crossing the bridge we turn left and follow the lonnin to Yew Tree Farm.



Pity the tea shop closed it's doors a few years ago. A "cuppa tea an a slice a cake" (as aunt Sally used to say) would have been most welcome.

and to finish, a close up of Yew Tree Farm, taken a short distance from the end of the walk.
"Who's aunt Sally" some of you might be asking. Don't you remember watching worzel gummidge on telly.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks