Coniston - Holme Fell

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The walk is to the north of Coniston, through an attractive woodland by a permitted path, followed by more open land rising to the rocky summit of Holme Fell. After passing some tarns, Tilberthwaite Ghyll can be seen at close quarters by a short detour, before a stream crossing takes you into a shallow valley below the flanks of Wetherlam. This area is full of old mine-workings, with a great deal of visible remains and the walk makes use of tracks constructed by the miners for their own use. These have sunk back into the bog in some places, but for the most part make for very easy walking. There are numbers of waterfalls on the final stretch into Coniston.

Please note on some parts of this hill walk a compass or GPS may be required to aid navigation. Please also take the recommended 1:25 000 scale map.

England - North England - Cumbria - Lake District - South East

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Birds, Church, Flowers, Food Shop, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Lake/Loch, Mountains, National Trust, Pub, River, Tea Shop, Toilets, Wildlife, Woodland
16/07/2014 - Robert Hughes

This walk appears to have been improved since 2005 (as described in previous comments). As well as outstanding views from Holme Fell in particular, but also close up to Coniston Old Man on the final descent – there is also opportunity to explore fascinating quarry workings on the ascent from Tilberthwaite. It does seem to fall into the broad moderate category in that there are some places where the paths are not so clear – but, overall the route was not difficult to follow. Some sections are steepish but not difficult and there are longer interludes of more level ground between for respite. There were no fallen trees nor was the ground too boggy to tackle - though it's probably best to do this route on a clear summer's day rather than after rain. These additional navigation points might help. WM4-6: The woodland path has been upgraded and extended so that you can now avoid the main road altogether - join it before you reach WM4 by cutting up between the two groups of houses on the minor road. Then just before WM5 keep on the upgraded path which then joins the minor road just before WM6. WM7: There is no longer a gate here nor a short length of wire fence - there is however a yellow arrow pointing the way. Soon after this you pass through a kissing gate straight after which you should keep next to the wire fence on your left for 20m - after this the path ahead is clearer. WM9: Both arrows are now yellow - though the next arrow to the tarn is white. Follow the left arrow between two boulders and the follow the upwards tracking path. WM11-13: There are a plethora of paths around the summits of Ivy Crag and Holme Fell so you do need to keep the landmarks in mind as you go between these WMs. I missed the second tarn after WM15 but it wasn’t a problem as all descending paths meet the stony track and wall mentioned in WM15. WM16/17: The “structure (water filter?)” is not obvious but the junction of paths where your route doubles back is. WM 24-25: Having crossed the beck at WM24 there are again various paths – you want to bear left (not bear right as I did) so that you keep the beck you have just crossed in sight to the left albeit below your height. If you do bear right then you will come to a footbridge – go no further, but turn left and you’ll re-join the correct path soon enough. Finally there is now good parking at the Sports Centre on the minor road between the A593 and B5285 on the North East side edge of Coniston.

12/10/2005 - anita lowe

Anita and Chris Lowe - Did this walk after one night of very heavy rain so very muddy in parts and over-flowing becks which are parts of path ways. A very demanding trek. On parts of the walk were large fallen trees blocking pathways making it difficult so had to divert from the guide making it very difficult to follow. We missed the water feature where we had to double back so ended up in a quarry and could not find the steps as instructed. Would like to try this in the summer when it is dry. View of Coniston at the top of Holme Fell fantastic.

20/02/2005 -

Sorry Jim Grindle but I didn't consider this walk to be moderate although very enjoyable. I found it hard going in some areas.

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