Sunday, 27th March 2011

   

            

 

Walk: Yewdale Fells, Tilberthwaite quarries, Holme Fell, Tarn Hows and Guards Woods
Start Point: Tilberthwaite Avenue, Coniston Grid Reference: SD 304 976
Distance: 11 miles Ascent: 2,820 feet
Time: 7 hours    
Weather: Warm with broken cloud but hazy
Comments: 8 trusting soles followed my lead around the fells. The first and hardest ascent being up the flanks off Yewdale Fell. Once up, our path leads us through deserted feels until we finally reached Tilberthwaite quarries. The remaining walk took us to the summit of Holme Fell for lunch. All that remained then was to descend and follow paths for Tarn Hows and a mid afternoon break. Considering that Tarn Hows is relatively low, it still provides good views of Holme Fell, Wetherlam, the Langdale Fells and beyond. The final leg is an easy descent towards Coniston and Guards woods.

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Heading out of Coniston Village . . .

 

we soon pass some lambs enjoying the sun . . .

 

and pass the waterfall . . .

 

just below Miners Bridge

 

Looking up the short, sharp scree climb at Rigg Head . . .

 

and back over a hazy Coniston Water . . .

 

We enjoy the views from the top

 

before heading across the Yewdale Fells . . .

 

to find a comfortable spot for 'elevenses'

 

Continuing towards Tilberthwaite . . .

 

where we find good views of the distant fells

 

A narrow cleft leads to a cave . . .

 

which attracts much interest, as do the drill lines . . .

 

 just above Robb's head

 

We also spot a group of rock climbers . . .

 

who turn out to be a group of young people receiving instruction

 

Zooming in across High Tilberthwaite Cottages the Langdale Pikes appear above the trees

 

A disused reservoir attracts a lot of attention . . .

 

with its hundreds of frogs looking for a mate

 

After a hunt for Ian's glasses on Ivy Crag . . .

 

we make our way across to Holme Fell, with Wetherlam in the distance . . .

 

and take time out for a group shot

 

Heading down through Holme Guards Wood . . .

 

the group waits for the straggler (otherwise known as the photographer!) . . .

 

before heading down to Yew Tree Tarn . . .

 

and past some Belted Galloways

 

This one would prefer to eat the branch . . .

 

but another one enjoys the grass instead

 

The still waters of Tarn Hows provide some good reflections of logs . . .

 

and trees

 

A welcome siesta beside Tarn Hows . . .

 

where we can enjoy the daffodils and the Langdale Pikes

 

The 'conveniences' in the National Trust car park sport an eco friendly roof

 

Don't think we'll find any frogs in here!

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