|Hodge Close quarry - a long way down|
Holme Fell has caught me out once before. I stood proudly on top of Ivy Crag assuming it was Holme Fell and it wasn't until I uploaded the route to my computer that I saw the error of my ways.
I was a bit short on time today. I'm off work this week but we are trying to wean Lucy so it's good to be around to help out with that. Once I had dropped Hannah off at school, I set off to get some quick fells in. I drove to car park on the Kirkstone Pass with a plan to quickly ascend and descend Red Screes and Middle Dodd but on my arrival, they were covered in cloud. I continued down The Struggle to Ambleside, moped around some shops for a bit and then decided to head on to Hodge Close to knock Holme Fell out.
|quick up and down - less than 2 miles there and back|
I had gear and bags in my car so that I could choose to walk or run. In the end, I decided on a run. I set my compass to Holme Fell summit and followed it until I could see the two peaks on the skyline. The track through the woods is mostly runnable. I had to slow down to a walk on the final ascent.
I headed over to Ivy Crag summit first then picked out the path to Holme Fell. On Holme Fell, there is a small summit cairn but there is also a prominent rock which is exactly at the GPS point I had for Holme Fell.
From here, it was a nice downhill run to the car and back home.
|Hodge Close quarry - top diving spot|
|Ivy Crag on the left, Holme Fell on the right|
|heading up to Ivy Crag, being watched|
|on Ivy Crag, looking over to Holme Fell|
|this is the cairn on Holme Fell|
|the highest point of this rock was the exact GPS co-ordinates I had for Holme Fell|