GLW1603: The Greatest of Great Little Walks?

Monday 7th March 2016

"One of the Greatest Great Little Walks" declared Margaret and it would be hard to disagree with her.

After 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.

We 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.

What a panorama!  

And Blackpool Tower as well!

Our 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.

Now 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.

It 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.

The drive back, in glorious winter sunshine, was enhanced by arriving at the ferry without any queuing.  The views up the lake were equally stunning.

Spot the seagull above.

It had been glorious. I am not sure whether it was The Greatest of Great Little Walks but it was certainly one of them.

Don, Monday 7th March 2016


Distance: 6.4 miles           Height climbed: 1,108 feet


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