|Route from National Trust Car Park near Glen Mary Bridge|
|Path above Harry Guards Wood (© CCL David Brown Geograph)|
We set out for Holme Fell at 1512z on a little used path which headed north through Harry Guards Wood. Turning north west off the rough path we climbed up the Uskdale Gap before turning south to make the top of Holme Fell LDW-213 (LD-051) at 1550z, a 40 minute walk, which we were pleased with. Looking around I knew it would be difficult getting a signal out from this "next to the lowest" of the 214 fells. To the south west the bulk of Weatherlam and Coniston Old Man made us feel like we were at sea level, this cuts out the line of sight path to the Barrow direction. However, due south and around to the south east is not too bad. To the east/north east there was no hope from such a lowly fell of getting through the Helvellyn and Blencathra fells.
|The rugged Holme Fell Summit looking SSW to Coniston Water (© CCL Geograph Michael Graham)|
Climbing again we made for the farm at High Arnside on a tarmac lane. This part of the route came from Stuart Marshall's excellent book "Walking the Wainwrights" but route definition around the farm, which was not shown as a public footpath was sketchy. We decided to make for the farmyard, go through it, which would enable us to get on to Black Crag LDW-212. I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND THIS ROUTE! There may be a way around the south side of the farm, but this would need checking but I suspect the better way up Black Crag is via Low Arnside to the north. The best route is to come in from the south via iron Keld but this does not fit in well with a circular route which has already taken in Holme Fell. So we followed the track to the north side of the High Arnside to end up in the yard where our dog was attacked by a terrier and three sheepdogs. I managed to grab poor Treacle who was being bullied into submission by these four rough dogs and she slipped straight out of her harness. As she fell back to the ground I grabbed her quickly again from the melee and we moved off, leaving the farmer in the yard speechless, with a nasty look on his face which was full of chagrin. We couldn't blame him - we shouldn't have been there. There must be a better way of getting to the top of Black Crag from the west but neither us, or Stuart Marshall had obviously found it. I hope someone reading this blog one day can put me right.
|Trig Point on Black Crag (© CCL Paula Healey Geograph)|
It was July so after the late start we still had plenty of light and got straight into completing just four contacts, with ODX being Mike G4BLH in Nelson. This fourth contact was a lovely surprise! The other three regulars were G1OHH, G1CCL and G1KLZ.