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On Holme Fell

November 8, 2014

A very autumnal day as we set out from the Glen Mary car park near Coniston to climb Holme Fell – one of those Coniston heights that had been omitted from my expeditions to higher peaks.

Yew Tree Farm (c) John Bainbridge 2014

Yew Tree Farm (c) John Bainbridge 2014

The cloud level was just a couple of hundred feet above its summit and the mightier tops of the Old Man and Wetherlam were quite invisible.

We took the path from Yew Tree Farm – that iconic Lakeland farm house, as featured in the Miss Potter film – up to Uskdale Gap.

Distant Coniston Water from Holme Fell (c) John Bainbridge 2014

Distant Coniston Water from Holme Fell (c) John Bainbridge 2014

After all the rain we’ve had in England most of the paths were becks, the water tumbling down over the stones, our boots seeking paths up watercourses.

This is a very wooded walk for much of its journey, the trees broken only by some huge boulders, tumbled down from the higher ground over the centuries.

Up through the gap, in sight now of tarn-like reservoirs, built for the quarries nearby.

Up then past Ivy Crag to the rocky summit of Holme Fell itself.

Despite the hazy day, we got a view along the entire length of Coniston Water. I can’t think of another top around here that offers such a generous vista of the lake. We could

On the summit of Holme Fell. (c) John Bainbridge 2014

On the summit of Holme Fell. (c) John Bainbridge 2014

even make out the steam of the old Victorian steamboat Gondola, sailing a course around the head of the lake.

We returned much the same way, though diverting to take on Yew Tree Tarn, built by the Victorian owner of the Monk Coniston estate to improve his fishing.

Yew Tree Tarn. (John Bainbridge 2014

Yew Tree Tarn. (John Bainbridge 2014

A really lovely, though wet underfoot, autumn walk.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. November 9, 2014 7:35 am

    We did Holme Fell and Black Crag last autumn as Richard had never been up them but in very miserable weather. I’ve never been up from that side though… Your tarn photo at the end is lovely…

  2. November 9, 2014 5:03 pm

    thank you, still have to do Black Crag but waiting for weather that will offer some views!!!

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