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Holme Fell

 
   

 

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Height: 317m (1,040ft) GPS: NY 31528 00654 Walking Routes

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 Uskdale Gap.

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.

The 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.

Hodge Close 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 ground level.

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 quadrant.

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 Hows.

Walking routes near Holme Fell

 

 

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