Tom Gill – Tarn Hows – High Oxen Fell – Yew Tree Tarn

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Tom Gill – Tarn Hows – High Oxen Fell – Holme Fell – Uskdale Gap – Yew Tree Tarn

This walk starts near the Yew Tree Farm, which was the location used as Hill Top, Beatrix Potter's home in the film Miss Potter. The walk includes five tarns and begins by walking through a lovely woodland area and taking in some beautiful waterfalls. Although Tarn Hows is man-made it is truly picturesque. The walk includes some wonderful views of Coniston and Holme Fell. Part of the walk takes you by some disused quarries. These are spectacular; as you pass by the top of the quarry you can see that it plunges down into a deep hole filled with water and climbers and divers can be seen in the quarry. There are several lovely areas for picnics.

England - North England - Cumbria - Lake District - South West

Features

Great Views, Hills or Fells, Lake/Loch, National Trust, Waterfall, Wildlife, Woodland
06/09/2014 - Robert Hughes

This is a great walk with lots of variety. The detour to Ivy Crag from WM13/14 is well worth it as is the summit of Holme Fell just a few hundred yards further on. If you have more time then also consider an earlier detour to Black Crag from WM4 to get the best views of all. Nevertheless the basic route is excellent with good directions though the following additions might help. At WM8 the signpost directs to 'Hodge Close' rather than 'Holme Close'. At WM13 the least boggy path hugs the left hand crag - there are many, many paths in this area so look to the landmarks to keep in the right direction. After WM17 ignore the first set of two large boulders and descend to the ones on level ground. To be sure continue till you see the low post with various arrows. This is where you route almost doubles back. Finally the car park is labelled 'Tom Gill' though it is at Glen Mary Bridge! Glen Mary is another name given to Tom Gill.

17/07/2013 - Wendy Hoskin

16/7/2013 Fabulous, varied walk. Our enjoyment heightened by such a warm, clear day. Would highly recommend. We are full of admiration for your walk contributors and don't mean to be nitpicky so offer the following in the spirit of helping others who may try the walk. We easily found the two boulders (WP 17) but couldn't find the sharp turn left (WP 18). The white arrow was not evident maybe because of the amount of undergrowth. By heading in what we thought was the right general direction we eventually found a way down to the gate (WP19) leading to the path round Yew Tree Tarn. Also the car park is called Tom Gill not Glen Mary, at least the one we used was and we couldn't find another close by!

19/05/2013 - Caroline Johnson

A promising walk, starting with a climb up alongside the stunning waterfalls. However we had to turn round half way round as the path beyond the farm at point 7 was occupied by a herd of highland cows! Will try it again...

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