Holme Fell, Black Fell and Electric Eyes
Pete and John both injured and others not available,
Boot Boys were down to two. The mist was down also with
the threat of driving rain and 50 mph winds on the tops
so Bryan and I tested one of his bad weather walks.
And what a cracker it turned out to be, despite
hardly breaking 1,000 feet above sea level.
parked on the road from Skelwith Bridge to Coniston
where the stream comes down from Tarn Hows. Crossing
the road, we turned onto the fell by the famous farmhouse
with the spinning gallery, to be met by a herd of belted
galloways, one of which could rival namesake George
for the intensity of its stare. Click on the the
picture below to judge for yourself. Sorry the
quality is not great but the light level was very low
- so much so that with all the mist around I took no
start off the path was very easy I was beginning to
think that Bryan had gone soft. And then it turned
into a typical Hardaker route in miniature, pretty steep
up to the top of Holme Fell where the weather was getting
nasty- rain and wind. Linger we did not but got
off fast and headed off past a tarn looking a bit like
a miniature Tarn Hows and over to the quarries at Hodge
Close- a remarkable massive pit where roofing slate
had been mined for 200 years but now is a theme park
for lunatic climbers and divers. You wouldn't
catch me going down there. Although the wind did
have a sudden try to make me.
then had a gentle stroll over to High Oxen Fell and,
on reaching the road along which we had travelled, I
was utterly confused and would have gone quite the wrong
way. North we headed, ignoring the even more confusing
sign to Arnside and just after reaching the Skelwith
sign turned right onto a path up the hill. The
path turned into a bridle path, which we followed for
some distance before having our lunch stop prior to
the second major ascent of the day. At this point
it seemed that the mist was clearing but it wasn't so.
We left the bridle path to tackle what my map
calls Black Fell but Bryan thinks is Black Crag. Whichever,
it's a proper peak and a Wainwright (as is Holme Fell).
Not quite as steep as Holme Fell but again, today
was not the day to linger. Indeed we didn't even
bother going to the viewpoint- one bit of mist looks
pretty much like another.
retraced our steps to the bridle path and made our way
over to Tarn Hows, where the route is remarkably undulating
and helped clock up our feet of ascent, and then down
the steep path back to the car.
assures me that, in the right conditions, the views
are superb. I certainly intend to try it again
one sunny day.
Holme Fell, Black Fell
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