Holme Ground - Black Crag

A pleasant hike, to the west of Ambleside, across hills overlooking Windermere and Coniston Lakes.

Technical sheet
No. 4098884
A Coniston (Cumbria) walk posted on 10/05/15 by Tamtraductions. Update : 23/06/20
Calculated time Calculated time: 5h25[?]
Distance Distance : 7.91mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 2064ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 2205ft
Highest point Highest point : 1220ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 361ft
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Area Area : Lake District
Location Location : Coniston (Cumbria)
Starting point Starting point : N 54.389648° / W 3.046317°
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Description

From Ambleside head towards Skelwith Bridge then, at the junction, take the A593 and park in the car park at the south end of Yew Tree Tarn Lake (D).

Go back heading north on the trail which is parallel to the road, cross at the southern edge of the lake (1). Walk along the left bank then start a good climb to the top of Holme Ground (2).

Walk downhill through the pasture then the forest heading to houses in Stang End (3). Then head east on a paved road leading to a junction on Cumbria Way (5).

Leave Cumbria Way on the right, and the road to take the track in front which rapidly heads south-est. Get to the junction which leads to Black Crag Peak (6). Pass the gate and go left to get to the top (7).

Take the trail with cairns to the left, then follow a track to the right leading to a junction. Veer left getting to the stream that flows into The Tarns Lake (8).

Follow the west bank along the lake to the left. Get to the stream outfall (9), follow the well-maintained but steep slope to the car park.

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 502ft
1 : mi 0.25 - alt. 492ft - Southern edge of Yew Tree Tarn Lake
2 : mi 1.38 - alt. 833ft - Holme Ground
3 : mi 2.62 - alt. 564ft - Stand End
4 : mi 3.05 - alt. 541ft - Slatter Bridge
5 : mi 4.39 - alt. 607ft - Cumbria Way junction
6 : mi 5.37 - alt. 1037ft - Black Crag junction
7 : mi 5.75 - alt. 1220ft - Black Crag
8 : mi 6.94 - alt. 801ft - The Tarns Lake
9 : mi 7.5 - alt. 853ft - The Tarns stream outflow
D/A : mi 7.91 - alt. 364ft

Useful Information

Hiking gear and hood as it tends to rain (it was the case today). Picnic area at Slatter Bridge junction.

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

During the walk or to do/see around

Lake District National Park

Opinions and comments

Average

Global average : 4.17/5
Number of opinions : 2
Description quality : 4/5
Routemap quality : 4/5
Walk interest : 4.5/5


Walker
on Mon 09 Sep 2019 09:57:58 CEST

Global average : 4 / 5

Date of walk : 08/09/19
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Good

A pleasant walk from a national trust car park, so as member of NT we were able to benefit from the free parking. Once we had walked around Yew Tree Tarn, we found it difficultly find the path going up the initial part of hill, but i put that down to our navigational skills! Once we got ourselves back on track we enjoyed the walk. The views from Black Crag trig point well worth it. The walk around Tarn Hows was very nice with plenty of day strollers, finishing off with a walk back to the car park with some impressive water falls.


Walker
on Wed 24 Jul 2019 22:05:41 CEST

Global average : 4.33 / 5

Date of walk : 24/07/19
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Very good

Very enjoyable walk. With lots of nice climbs

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