Greatest of Great Little Walks?
7th March 2016
of the Greatest Great Little Walks" declared Margaret
and it would be hard to disagree with her.
a very pleasant stay at the Black Bull in Coniston we
parked at Tarn Hows in glorious sunshine. Mind
you, it was very cold, especially when in the wind.
It was almost Alpine, seeing the fells covered in snow.
walked the eastern side of the Tarn then ventured off
in order to climb Back Fell (or Crag, depending on which
you prefer), the first Wainwright we have done together
for quite some time.
Blackpool Tower as well!
descent was via Low Arnside and Hollin Bank following
which we took the Oxen Fell diversion to avoid having
to walk along the busy pathless A593. I always
forget how hilly this detour actually is.
we were on the Cumbria Way in the reverse direction
to that of CW03.
After a late lunch stop beneath Stone Chair Hill we
continued south to the western side of Tarn Hows.
is arguable that perhaps we should have done the walk
the other way round as by mid afternoon this path was
partially in the shade. However, at least we were
travelling towards the sun. I think we did do
it the right way round, it would have been rather frustrating
to have to lose height before climbing the hill had
we reversed the route.
drive back, in glorious winter sunshine, was enhanced
by arriving at the ferry without any queuing. The
views up the lake were equally stunning.
the seagull above.
had been glorious. I am not sure whether it was The
Greatest of Great Little Walks but it was certainly
one of them.
Monday 7th March 2016
Distance: 6.4 miles
Height climbed: 1,108 feet
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