Lake District Walks
Date: 24th March 2006
Distance: 1.7 miles
Ascent: 546 feet
Time: 50 minutes
With: On my own
Start Grid Ref: NY315016
A short and sodden visit to the top of Holme Fell.
Route Summary: Hodge Close Quarry - Ivy Crag - Holme Fell - Hodge Close Quarry.
1. Wetherlam from the parking area by the quarry
2. Looking into the depths of Parrock Quarry
3. Holme Fell Tarn
4. Looking back down to the tarn (actually a reservoir)
5. Holme Fell from the top of Ivy Crag
6. The summit of Holme Fell
Walk Detail: Earlier in the month I'd enjoyed great weather during a long family weekend in Chapel Stile. Unfortunately the same cannot be said for this particular weekend I spent in Coniston. A short circuit of Holme Fell, one of the lowest Wainwrights, was my first walk and what a wet and miserable affair it was.
The cloud was low and the rain heavy. If that wasn't bad enough the rain turned the snow on the ground into a horrible wet mush meaning that in the short distance it took to reach Ivy Crag, the subsidary top of Holme Fell, my boots were already sodden. I squelched up to Holme Fell but the cloud got even lower obscuring what little there was on view. It was such a depressing experience I decided not to continue my planned route and so made my way back to the car. Definitely one to try and do another time in better weather.