Holme Fell

Date: 8 Nov 2018 Weather: 9’C, cloudy, light wind
Height gain: 689 ft Distance: 3.9 miles
Time taken: 1 hr 50 mins Wainwrights: 50 of 214

Route:  From layby on A593 opposite track to High Arnside farm past High Oxen Fell and a disused quarry up to top then head north off the top via disused reservoir and back onto original path back to the road.


The weather isn’t great but we’ve been living here for six days now and want to get into the hills!  Our first ascent following the move was up Loughrigg, partly because it’s always the first fell (my first on round one, our first on round two, used to be the first walk on each holiday until we got serious about completing a full round) and partly because it was right behind the holiday home we’re staying in for the next seven weeks before we complete on our house.

It’s done nothing but rain since we moved so, on a damp grey day we decide to head for a small mountain which we know is in a lovely setting.

It’s a short drive from the holiday home and there’s no problem finding a parking spot in the empty layby.  We boot up and start the walk to the disused quarry and through woodland before reaching the path upwards.  It’s steep but not difficult and it’s great to be getting the legs and lungs working again.

As we reach the shoulder of the mountain there’s a wide open area with great views of the Langdales, with Bowfell peeping out behind the ridge to the left:

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We pick up the upward path again and wind our way  up the final 200ft or so to the top:

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Even on a dull day it’s lovely up here with great views of the Langdales, Bowfell and Consiston Old Man.  Consiton Water is visible to the south of us:

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We enjoy the views as we wander around the undulating top before heading off down a path to the north.  It’s initially very steep but there’s enough grass for it not to be too scary.  It flattens out but becomes very boggy as we get to the little reservoir:

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We struggle to find the right path to get us back to our route in but eventually we find it and retrace our steps back to the car.  The countryside is really lovely around here, especially in its Autumn colours – we’re nearly down now and have good views across to Lingmoor Fell:

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We soon reach the car for the short journey home.  A lovely quick outing on a less than lovely day – but at this time of year the views look wonderful in most weathers.