Black Crag from Tarn Hows
1 January 2009
A frosty scene at Tarn Hows, with Black Crag behind
There is a heavy frost on the trees, with the temperature several
degrees below freezing
But suitably dressed it is a grand day to be out, as George will atest
The frozen tarn
Frost falls from the trees and coats the edge of the tarn with ice
Leaving the main, engineered, path around Tarn Hows, we make our way
towards the byway
Looking towards Wetherlam
From the byway, we make our way onto the bridleway through what remains
of the Iron Keld forest. In places the path was very icy, but these
patches were avoidable with care - George didn't bother.
Heading towards the summit
Continuing to ascend, a slightly misty look across Holme Fell to the
Coniston Fells, with the Old Man left, and Wetherlam appearing higher on
Across Little Langdale, with Lingmoor Fell almost centre, and the
Langdale Pikes beyond it on the right, with the Scafells and the other
Eskdale fells lost in cloud.
Looking north from the summit of Black Crag. We popped over the ladder
stile (which is in need of some repair work) to inspect the view from
further north, but I can't say that it was dramatically different.
Part of Windermere from the summit of Black Crag
360° degree panorama from Black Crag - click image for larger version
We returned to the bridleway and descended towards High Arnside. The
hoar frost on the stone wall and barbed wire fence was beautiful. Pike
O'Blisco is the high point towards the left.
Descending the farm road from High Arnside
Holme Fell as we near the main road
We then took to the footpaths either side of the main road, returning
through the woods. Another look at Holme Fell across Yew Tree Tarn.
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A delightful outing on a beautiful day. Total distance 9.2 km and 442 metres of
ascent in 2 hours 44 mins.