Saturday, 18 March 2017
6.96 miles/11.2 km
1,437 ft/438 m ascent
3 hours 35 minutes
The weather forecast predicted heavy rain and gale force winds on the summits. So we headed for two smaller hills and walked up flooded paths that were more like streams.
Up to the summit of Holme Fell (1,040ft/317m), the path churned by a herd of Belted Galloway cattle that replace the more typical sheep on these fells.
View very limited due to the mist and the persistent fine rain. Then picked our way across the bobbly ridge following sheep tracks and cow paths back to the Coniston road near Arnside. The bridleway leads past Tarn Hows, through Iron Keld and up to the top of Black Fell (1,060ft/323m).
Very windy on the summit. Back down via Tarn Hows and the very pretty (and full) Tom Gill Falls to the car park.