Holme Fell from Coniston Water

Holme Fell from Coniston Water

Height: 1040 feet above sea level. Although this was an approximation of Wainwright’s, the spot height now marked on the OS Map corroborates it. It is the second-lowest Wainwright of all – only Castle Crag has a lower altitude.

Volume: Book 4 (The Southern Fells)

Date climbed: 16th September 2011 (walk 44)

Bagged as number: 137 of 214. [ << Yewbarrow (136)  (138) Black Fell >> ]

Route of ascent and descent:  Approached from, and returned to, the old quarry near Hodge Close, before going on to Black Fell.

Holme Fell summit

Holme Fell summit cairn

What Mr Wainwright says (from page 3 of his chapter): “A craggy southern front, a switchback ridge, a cluster of small, but very beautiful tree-girt tarns (old reservoirs), and a great quarry that reveals the core of colourful slate lying beneath the glorious jungle of juniper and birch, heather and bracken, make this one of the most attractive of Lakeland’s fells.”

What I say: Although slightly tarnished by doing it in drizzle, and not having a view from the summit, I did enjoy the walk up and down Holme Fell. Brief as it is, the quote above does give a flavour of the place, and there is the added advantage of low altitude, so the summit can be enjoyed without the feeling that one’s legs have fallen off as the price of reaching it.  The hole of Hodge Close quarry really has to be seen to be believed: a good 500, 600 feet long, say 100 feet deep – hard to judge for sure but there can’t be many bigger holes in the country, and it is both impressive and beautiful, in its way.

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