Holme Fell is a fell in the Lake District located
between Coniston Water and Little Langdale, almost isolated from the
neighbouring Coniston Fells by Yewdale Beck.
Holme Fell is an
eastern outlier of Wetherlam, although the topographical connection via
Great Intake and Low Tilberthwaite is rather tortuous. Further east,
beyond Oxen Fell High Cross, the high ground continues to Black Fell.
The fell itself is a ridge running broadly north south and about a
mile and a half long. The summit is at the southern extremity, a flank
guarded by Calf and Raven Crags.
Immediately to the north is Ivy
Crag, a second top sporting a large cairn, followed by the depression of
Continuing northward are a succession of lower tops,
gradually descending toward the final knoll of Great How (692 ft). A
swift descent to the floor of Little Langdale then follows.
boundaries of the fell are all formed by roads and tracks, giving ample
opportunity for circular walks. The main Ambleside-Coniston road lies to
the east and the minor road along Little Langdale to the north.
Yewdale Beck runs around the southern perimeter with the narrow access
lane to Hodge Close hugging its bank. From Hodge Close a bridleway runs
north to Little Langdale.
The southern half of the fell is
covered with natural woodland, mostly deciduous species but there are
also some larger artificial plantings to the north.
bears the remains of quarrying as does Uskdale Gap and to the west of
the Gap are two small tarns. These were built as reservoirs for the
quarry, with the water used to operate a funicular to raise slate to
A further artificial water body is Yew Tree Tarn
beside the Ambleside to Coniston road. This was dammed in the 1930s to a
depth of 10 ft by James Marshall, the local landowner. The original
intent was to provide fishing and trout are still plentiful today.
Despite its diminutive stature, the hill's relative isolation means
it still commands good views to north, south and east. It includes
almost the full length of Coniston Water with Wetherlam and the rest of
the Coniston fells preventing distant views in the south-western
The fell can be climbed by a number of routes, notably
those starting at Holme Ground, Hodge Close quarry, Yew Tree Tarn and
Yew Tree Farm, the last two easily extended back to the popular Tarn
routes near Holme Fell