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13th May 2018

Black Crag

Molly at The Top

Scroll down for photos and a description of the walk....

Langdale Pikes

It's holiday time in the Lake District and an early morning walk brought a look at a young lamb looking for greener grass and then a great view of the Langdale Pikes from the Skelwith Force area. We are off to Tarn Hows for a walk on Black Fell.

Lane Head Track

We parked at the National Trust car park near Glen Mary Bridge and walked a short way up the track to Lane Head before taking a footpath off to the left for a climb up to Tarn Hows.


Coniston Fells

Maybe not the most used path up to Tarn Hows, but a great route with wonderful views in retrospect, here Wetherlam dominates the skyline.

Tarn Hows

Tarn Hows

I've always regarded Tarn Hows as a little artificial and ideal for those not fit enough or willing to engage in proper fellwalking. It has to be said that it is a wonderful setting and ideal for young, old and all those inbetween. NT ask for dogs on leads, most were determinedly ignoring the request....

Tarn Hows


At the north end of the tarn, a footpath leads off in a northerly direction to join a track which if taken in an easterly direction, leads to a bridleway into Iron Keld Plantation. Such is one of the easiest ways onto Black Fell.

Iron Keld Plantation

Iron Keld Plantation

Lonely Tree

The summit is known as Black Crag and can be seen ahead of us; elsewhere the Langdale Pikes can be seen beyond Lingmoor Fell.

The Walking Party

Molly Black Crag Gary Black Crag



A large party is approaching, so we have to get on with the photos...

Gary & Aimee

My third and Karen's second time up here and certainly the best weather of the three visits.


"Cloudy" Bowfell

We took lunch on the westerly flank of Black Fell and then headed for the track in front of High Arnside.

High Arnside

High Arnside

Easy walking past this typical Lakeland farmhouse.

We walk around Hollin Bank to arrive at the A593 for the walk back to the car. Luckily walkers can stay off the road for nearly all the way down the route of the road.

Looking Back

A simple fence line encourages walkers to stay close the wall.


Yew Tree Tarn

Yew Tree Tarn is a fine setting and not many folk can walk past without stopping to take a photograph.


Outgate Inn

The Outgate Inn

Tea at the pub in Outgate.

Langdale Pikes Sunset

Sunset, Langdale Pikes

Walkers: Karen, Molly and Me with Gary & Aimee

Time taken: 4hrs over a distance of about 5.5 miles.

Route: Lane Head Coppice up to Tarn Hows; Iron Keld Plantation, Black Fell, Black Crag, High Arnside Farm, A593, Yew Tree Tarn and back to the car park.

Weather and conditions: Sunny and warm.

Refreshments: Good pub food at The Outgate Inn, Outgate near Hawkshead.

All photos copyright Richard Ratcliffe 2018 ©

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