Holme and Black Fells is a 7 mile loop trail located near Coniston, Cumbria, England that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching.

Length7.0 miElevation gain2,181 ftRoute typeLoop
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This route starts from the very highest point on the A593 between Skelwith Bridge and Coniston at High Cross where there is an ample lay-by. The delightful Smithy Brow lane is followed to the farm of High Oxen Fell where a bridleway continues to Hodge Close. The Hodge Close Quarry has long since been abandoned but its legacy is a huge flooded 'hole' with impressive rock scenery - the preserve of experienced climbers. There are good tracks to the old reservoir, equally appealing as Tarn Hows, but much more intimate and secluded. A good spot to relax on a 'hot' day! It is then an easy climb to Holme Fell which has a number of cairns along its rocky ridge and views over to Coniston Old Man and Wetherlam. The Uskdale Gap needs to be reached before descending to Yew Tree Tarn, where drivers stop for a quick photo opportunity before they're gone again. Tom Gill is followed to Tarn Hows and the many people populating the area. It is a delight to escape the crowds by climbing (just a little) to the quiet ridge of Tom Heights. Here the views are far more extensive than around the tarn. Descending Tom Heights the fell road is reached and followed to the Iron Keld turn-off. Easy gradients lead to Black Fell and the craftsman built lower viewpoint cairn for delights overlooking Lake Windermere. From the summit of Black Fell all is now downhill on easily followed tracks via Low Arnside back to the A593 with great views all the way - what better finish could you wish for?

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Lucy Holmes
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Katie Johnson
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Jen Whittle
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andrew mcmillan
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Michelle McHugh
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HikingMuddyOff trail

We found this trail to be quite tricky- no signposts, no paths or trails in some instances. Muddy and marshy for much of it. Lovely up till Holme Fell, but less enjoyable afterwards. Would have taken us 5/6 hours plus to complete, but perhaps we’re not experienced doing off trail hikes.

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Sean Davenport
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Mark Lovatt
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Excellent and varied route, one of the best!

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Leanne Kirkby
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Paul Harris
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Martin Porter
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Carl Little
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Kenny Peers
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Emma Prince
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Adam Taylor
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Jamie Riseley
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