|Walk:||Coniston, Miners Bridge, Yewdale Fells, Low Tilberthwaite, Holme Fell, High Guards Wood, Yew Tree Tarn, Oxen fell High Cross, Tarn Hows, Hill Fell Plantation, Guards Wood|
|Start Point:||Tilberthwaite Avenue, Coniston||Grid Ref:||SD 303 975|
|Distance:||11 miles||Ascent:||2,820 feet|
|Weather:||Mild with frequent sunny spells|
8 members of the group
|Comments:||The weather forecast was quite good but the day turned out to be even better. Having walked on the higher fells in this area numerous times, it was great to explore the lower Yewdale Fells along paths I haven't travelled previously. On good tracks and grassy paths the route 'undulated' with only one steep climb - up the slippery scree slope (which can be circumvented if you don't fancy the excitement!) We were even treated to an afternoon siesta overlooking Tarn Hows, and the iconic profile of the Langdale Pikes. An easy route took us back down to Coniston, enjoying the late afternoon sunshine.|
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Blue sky and sunshine as we leave Coniston . . .
passing a contented family on the way
bridge over Scrow Beck
The waterfall just below . . .
Heading up the scree slope at Rigg Head . . .
the view over Coniston Water is rather hazy
A short pause is in order at the end of the climb . . .
then it's off across the Yewdale Fells . . .
before finding a good spot for elevenses
Heading towards Tilberthwaite . . .
we take time to check out the fells
A narrow gully leads to . . .
evidence of mine workings . . .
and Robb spots the drill lines (just above his head)
Spotting some rock climbers . . .
we discover a group of youngsters receiving instruction
Zooming in across High Tilberthwaite cottages, the Langdale Fells peep above the tree tops
A disused reservoir is home to . . .
countless frogs searching for partners
Sun highlights the Langdale Fells as we climb to Ivy Crag (named in Wainwrights' guide) . . .
a good spot for lunch, with views across Holme Fell to Wetherlam
An interesting discover? - No, hunting for Ian's glasses!
From Holme Fell the distinctive profile of the Langdales can still be seen . . .
and the group gathers for a photo . . .
and i have one 'for the album'
The it's down through Horse Guards Wood . . .
and the group waits for the straggler (otherwise known as the photographer!)
Continuing down to Yew Tree Tarn . . .
where we find a group of Belted Galloways
This one seems to have found something inviting in the tree . . .
while this one prefers the grass
The sun is still shining as we reach Tarn Hows . . .
and there are lots of opportunities . . .
for photos of reflections . . .
as Wetherlam broods over the scene
A short afternoon siesta . . .
with views back to the Yewdale Fells . . .
and across to the Langdales again
I wonder how long they will let the bushes grow on the roof of the toilet block in the National Trust car park?
Anything interesting to see?
No, just more reflections