Holme Fell - Route One

 

Start - Glen Mary Bridge SD 321 998 Distance - 1.45 miles Ascent - 800 feet Time 55 minutes


The National Trust car park near Glen Mary Bridge
The National Trust car park by Glen Mary Bridge (pay & display) there is also a lay-by beside Yew Tree Tarn
A path from the car park avoids the need to walk along the road to reach Yew Tree Tarn
Yew Tree Tarn dam
Yew Tree Tarn dam, a wide path skirts the western side of the tarn
Yew Tree Tarn
Looking along the length of the tarn from the dam to the undulating north ridge of Holme Fell
Yew Tree Tarn
Another view from the path by the tarn
Yew Tree Tarn
Nearing the head of the tarn
Yew Tree Tarn
Looking back to the tarn from the fine stand of mature pine trees at its head
The path to Uskdale Gap
A gate at the left side of the pines gives access to a path coming from Yew Tree Farm.  A few hundred yards along it, by a group of huge boulders, a cairn indicates the start of a path that begins to rise towards Uskdale Gap
The path to Uskadale Gap
The path is well graded and has long been used as a way between High Yewdale and Hodge Close on the northern side of the fell
Looking down to Yew Tree Tarn
Looking down to the tarn from the path to Uskdale Gap
Uskdale Gap
Nearing the top of Uskdale Gap
Tom heights from Uskdale Gap
Looking back from the same point across to Tom Heights
The Langdale Pikes from Uskdale Gap
The Langdale Pikes from Uskdale Gap
Hodge Close reservoir from Uskdale Gap
Looking down to one of the small reservoirs above Hodge Close
Wetherlam from Uskdale Gap
Wetherlam from Uskdale Gap
Helvellyn from Uskdale Gap
 Looking towards Helvellyn from Uskdale Gap
Ivy Crag from Uskdale Gap
Looking over Uskdale Gap to Ivy Crag, the summit of Holme Fell lies beyond the rock outcrop on the right.
The Langdale Pikes from Ivy Crag
The Langdale Pikes from Ivy Crag
Coniston Water from Ivy Crag
Coniston Water from Ivy Crag
Black Fell from Ivy Crag
Black Fell with a snow covered Wansfell and the Ill Bell ridge beyond from Ivy Crag
Helvellyn and Fairfield from Ivy Crag
A closer view towards Helvellyn and Fairfield from Ivy Crag
The summit of Holme Fell from Ivy Crag
Looking across the summit rib of Holme Fell to Wetherlam from Ivy Crag
Looking north from near the summit of Holme Fell
The summit of Holme Fell
The summit of Holme Fell
Coniston Water from the summit of Holme Fell
Coniston Water from Holme Fell
Black Fell from Holme Fell
Looking over Ivy Crag to Black Fell, the long ridge of Wansfell beyond it with Ill Bell and Yoke on the horizon
Fairfield From Holme Fell
The view just east of north with a closer look at Fairfield, Hart Crag and Dove Crag on the horizon
The Langdale Pikes from Holme Fell
Zooming in over the quarries on High Fell to the Langdale Pikes
Dollywaggon Pike and Fairfield from Holme Fell
Another telephoto shot towards Grisedale Hause, Seat Sandal overtopped by Dollywaggon Pike on the left with Fairfield on the right. There was just time for a quick visit to the top of Raven Crag, which lies to the south of the summit, before the weather turned quite nasty. Thirty minutes after this photo was taken a prolonged and heavy snow shower swept in from the north west
Coniston Old Man from Holme Fell
Coniston Old Man from the summit
Coniston Water from Raven Crag
Coniston Water and the crags of the Yewdale fells from the top of Raven Crag. There is no safe way down from here so a return to Uskdale Gap is the most practical option

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