Holme Fell and Black Fell

Back down via Tarn Hows and the very pretty Tom Gill Falls.

Saturday, 18 March 2017
6.96 miles/11.2 km
1,437 ft/438 m ascent
3 hours 35 minutes

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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.

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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.  33515326265_b4aef4b366_oThe 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.

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Walla Crag to Armboth Fell

Monday, 2 January 2017 TBA miles/TBA km TBA ft/TBA m ascent 4 hours 19 minutes As you descend the Whinlatter Pass in the direction of Lorton you catch glimpses of a beautiful pointed peak – this is Ladyside Pike (2,306ft/703m), our first hill of 2017 on a route over Hopegill Head (2,526ft/770m), Hobcarton Crag (2,425ft/739m), […]

Walla Crag to Armboth Fell

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View to Eel Crag from Bleaberry Fell

Thursday, 5 January 2017
9.94 miles/16.0 km
2,362 ft/720 m ascent
5 hours 10 minutes

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Great day for this walk – last night’s hard frost made the bog surrounding High Tove hard enough to walk on.  Starting from Ashness Bridge we had beautiful clear skies for a walk down the fells between Derwent Water and Thirlmere.

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Maiden Moor and Derwent Water

Good paths all the way to High Seat passing over Walla Crag and Bleaberry Fell, before following the fence to High Tove.  Cold wind and met a man with wet boots and bog up to his knees.  Avoided getting the boots wet by mostly sticking to the well trodden path – it’s tempting to try and find a way around some of the mires, but the paths are OK when frozen solid.

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Two shadows standing on Armboth Fell (Birkett) looking north towards Raven Crag.
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Descent to Watendlath on the stepped path and then down the road in lengthening afternoon shadows.


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Coniston Fells

Monday, 2 January 2017 TBA miles/TBA km TBA ft/TBA m ascent 4 hours 19 minutes As you descend the Whinlatter Pass in the direction of Lorton you catch glimpses of a beautiful pointed peak – this is Ladyside Pike (2,306ft/703m), our first hill of 2017 on a route over Hopegill Head (2,526ft/770m), Hobcarton Crag (2,425ft/739m), […]

Coniston Fells

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Wednesday, 4 January 2017
8.20 miles/13.2 km
3,091 ft/942 m ascent
5 hours 40 minutes

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Ascending The Old Man of Coniston (2,635ft/803m) up a quiet scenic route away from the quarries, appearing right at the summit.  Another sunny day as the sun rose over Coniston Water, we discovered later that it was the 50th anniversary of Donald Campbell’s fateful attempt to beat the world water speed record.

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Scafell from the slopes of Wetherlam

 

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On Summit of Wetherlam

A brisk walk across Brim Fell (2,612ft/796m) and then to Swirl How (2,631ft/802m) in a bitter cold north wind.  Superb views of everything!!
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Adrian using new walking poles on the steep decent to Swirl Hause, before climbing Wetherlam (2,503ft/763m).  Descent back to Swirl Hause and then Levers Water and down the easy Boulder Valley path to the car park.


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Baystones

Monday, 2 January 2017 TBA miles/TBA km TBA ft/TBA m ascent 4 hours 19 minutes As you descend the Whinlatter Pass in the direction of Lorton you catch glimpses of a beautiful pointed peak – this is Ladyside Pike (2,306ft/703m), our first hill of 2017 on a route over Hopegill Head (2,526ft/770m), Hobcarton Crag (2,425ft/739m), […]

Baystones

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Tuesday, 3 January 2017
4.29 miles/6.9 km
1,096 ft/334 m ascent
2 hours 12 minutes

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The second of our walk of two halves from Troutbeck, this time on the West side of the valley.  Baystones (Wansfell) (1,597ft/487m) is the highest point of this hill, but very quiet compared to Wansfell Pike (1,581ft/482m), which lies at the top of the stepped path from Ambleside.  We visited both tops on our circular walk.


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Sour Howes and Sallows

Monday, 2 January 2017 TBA miles/TBA km TBA ft/TBA m ascent 4 hours 19 minutes As you descend the Whinlatter Pass in the direction of Lorton you catch glimpses of a beautiful pointed peak – this is Ladyside Pike (2,306ft/703m), our first hill of 2017 on a route over Hopegill Head (2,526ft/770m), Hobcarton Crag (2,425ft/739m), […]

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Sour Howes and Sallows

Tuesday, 3 January 2017
5.22 miles/8.4 km
1,421 ft/433 m ascent
2 hours 29 minutes

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The first of two walks from Troutbeck, one on either side of the valley.  Sour Howes (1,585ft/483m) is a low collection of grass covered bumps and the higher Sallows (1,693ft/516m) a boggy fell.  They make up for their dull appearance with views up the valley to the undulating ridge of Yoke (2,316ft/706m), Ill Bell (2,484ft/757m) and Froswick (2,362ft/720m), and down the valley to Lake Windermere.

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Windermere from Sour Howes

A dull cloudy day, but no rain despite the clouds.


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Ladyside Pike

Monday, 2 January 2017 TBA miles/TBA km TBA ft/TBA m ascent 4 hours 19 minutes As you descend the Whinlatter Pass in the direction of Lorton you catch glimpses of a beautiful pointed peak – this is Ladyside Pike (2,306ft/703m), our first hill of 2017 on a route over Hopegill Head (2,526ft/770m), Hobcarton Crag (2,425ft/739m), […]

Ladyside Pike

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Ladyside Pike and Hopegill Head

Monday, 2 January 2017
7.27 miles/11.7 km
2,398 ft/731 m ascent
4 hours 19 minutes

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As you descend the Whinlatter Pass in the direction of Lorton you catch glimpses of a beautiful pointed peak – this is Ladyside Pike (2,306ft/703m), our first hill of 2017 on a route over Hopegill Head (2,526ft/770m), Hobcarton Crag (2,425ft/739m) and Grisedale Pike (2,595ft/791m) from Hobcarton car park.

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Set off early in bright sunshine and clear skies with a heavy frost making the ground white.  Very cold and icy for the scramble at the top of Hopegill Head.  Reached the summit of Grisedale Pike just before a blanket of mist.  Stopped for coffee at the Whinlatter Visitor’s Centre.


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