3rd March -- Coniston, Lake District
A fine day, mostly sunny. Good walking weather and some splendid views
Plenty of snow on Swirl How as the A walkers (without Derek) make a wide circuit around Wetherlam and the Old Man
A gentle start
scrambling up to Swirl How
and sliding down
Summit shot
Nothing like a small gauge railway for bringing out the small child... Meanwhile in another part of the (Grisedale) forest, Derek was on a lone detour
Woody woodpecker The irresistably photogenic Tarn Hows...
Tarn Hows
- Freshfield Ramblers on the march at Tarn Hows
- Tarn Hows

The B+ walk first headed up to Tarn Hows, around the Tarn, then down the beck and its waterfalls towards Yew Tree Tarn. We then took the scenic route up over Holme Fell and back down into Yewdale. From there most of us opted for an extra climb over Yewdale Fells, with a couple of dissenters returning along the lower fellside path.
Holm Fell from the Yewdale valley
Through the woods climbing towards
Tarn Hows Down again
past a series of waterfalls (the C walk came this way too) Quick snack before tackling the climb up Holm Fell
Yew Tree Tarn Half way up
Nice Japanese-print layers
Great panorama looking north from Holm Fell
Coniston Water from the top of Holm Fell After dropping down into the valley again, most of us voted for a third climb, up over Yewdale Fells That's the wrong way down!
Things were a bit too exciting for a while That's what we scrambled down (White Gill)

The B- walk did an anti-clockwise circuit of about 10 miles, with total ascent of about 1300 ft mostly from the start of walk. From Coniston we headed NW to Crowberry Haws via Miners Bridge, then S onto Walna Scar Road past some interesting quarries. Then on to Torver, and the Cumbria Way for a leisurely 2.5 mile walk along the Lakeside path back to Coniston.
Waterfall by Millers Bridge
Flooded quarry workings near Eddy Scale

The C walk went from Coniston to Tarn Hows, around the Tarn down past the waterfalls around to Yewdale and back to Coniston through the woods at the foot of Yewdale Fells.
The well-equipped leader
Tarn Hows and around
Just checking for any loose change!
A bridge at last!
Down past
the waterfalls
Holm Fell (again)

In the Black Bull..
The Chairman makes a point to a sceptical audience

Photos by Phil Cunningham, Diana Young, Derek Hesketh, John Hodgson, Bob Jackson and Colin Jacobs