21st September 2008

Not just Holme Fell but here, there and everywhere


Walk Overview
Time 10.00 to 15.40
Duration 5 hr 40 min
Distance 8.7 mile
Ascent 2050 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Tom Gill Car Park - Yew Tree Tarn - Uskdale Gap - Holme Fell - Holme Ground Tarn - Hodge Close - Stang End - Tongue Intake Plantation - High Arneside Tarn - track to Knipe Fold - Hawkshead Hill - Wharton Tarn - Tarn Hows - Tom Gill Car Park
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 Tarn.
Some nice blue sky and clearer reflections would have been good, but I suppose you can't have everything. As Jennifer said at the time "think yourself lucky it isn't raining".

The outflow from the tarn.

Heading up the path through Harry Guards Wood leading to Uskdale Gap.
From here the path looks like it leads into an impenetrable tangle of trees and bushes, and even though the path does get quite narrow and a bit overgrown it is actually very easy to follow and doesn't last too long anyway.

Holme Fell summit seen from the nearby Ivy Crag.

Wetherlam. That's where I was yesterday in the cloud.

From the summit of Holme Fell, now looking back across to Ivy Crag.

Looking down into Tilberthwaite.
The car park is the one we set out from yesterday.

After leaving Holme Fell summit we headed back to the straightforward Uskdale Gap path over the fell. This would take us to Holme Ground Tarn (s).

The bigger of the Holme Ground Tarns. As with the earlier picture of Yew Tree Tarn, a little bit of blue sky and sunshine would have been nice.

Did someone mention sunshine? If I'd have thought the sun was going to stay out I'd have gone back to take some more photos of Holme Ground Tarn.

Hodge Close Quarry.

And again.


Lingmoor Fell seen here from the track to Stang End.

And through the square window, , , , we have two kids having a great time. And I'm not surprised, I would enjoy it I if I was being driven around in this all day.

I've no idea what happened here, but I like the outcome. If you slowly look around the edge of the picture you'd think the truck was moving towards you.
I opened the gate for them and asked if I could take a picture. One out of the three photos I took came out like this.

Stang End.

Lingmoor Fell and the lovely valley of Little Langdale.

High Park Farm.

Judging by the width of the track and the 'sensible' route it takes from Oxen Fell High Cross to Knipe Fold, I should imagine this was an important route at one time. Today however, it was nice and quiet with only the disruption to the peacefulness being the occasional mountain biker hurtling past.

A short de-tour from our intended route took us down to Hawkshead Hill so I could take some pictures.

Wharton Tarn.

Tarn Hows; an ever popular Lake District beauty spot, although I have to say the most popular place seemed to be the ice cream van next to the car park, and why not. The strawberry one was very tasty!

Almost back at the car now and passing Tom Gill Waterfall after a thoroughly enjoyable walk. Not quite one of my make it up as I go along walks, but we did seem to visit quite a few different places that you may not think of including in the same walk. As much as we enjoyed this walk today, one thing I would say is "keep it for a nice sunny day when the tarns and the countryside are looking their best". The end of October would be good when the trees are really starting to turn.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks