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Fangs Brow and Holme Force

Date & start time: Thursday 29th July 2010, 2.30 pm start.

Location of Start :Fangs Brow, Loweswater , Cumbria, Uk ( NY 105 226 )

Places visited : The Coffin Road, Holme Woods, Holme Force, Watergate Farm, Maggie's Bridge.

Walk details : 3.8 mls, 450 ft of ascent 800 ft of descent, 2 hrs 30 mins.

Highest point : The track and fell gate below Burnbank Fell 960 ft - 295 m.

Walked with : Dee, John, Ann and the dogs, Harry, Bethan and their half sister Amber.

Weather : Overcast after a morning of rain.


 Fangs Brow and Holme Force at EveryTrail


After the success of Scafell Pike the weather has turned again and it has been damp and grey.

Two days later, Dee and John call round and we enjoy a local walk

that we often do closer to sunset

but one that would be a good one to do now, especially after the amount of rain that has fallen recently.

Ann, John and Dee at the start of the walk.

The gate onto the Coffin Road is just up the road from the delightfully names Fangs Brow Farm.

[ It even had a noisy farm dog that used to bark as you went past ]

Looking back, the clearer weather since lunchtime

allows us to see Scotland across the Solway Firth to the north of us.

Zooming in on Fangs Brow and the distant Galloway Hills, the larger one being Criffel of course.

" Independent Miss " in a world of her own.
" The Old Souk " waiting to play games with us.

Over the wall it seems that the higher fells beyond Loweswater are getting another soaking.

The Coffin Road traverses high above Loweswater and part way along there is a rather nice chair on which to relax.

Fortunately it has been repaired recently and is back in usable condition.

Looking this way it overlooks the northern end of the lake.

Harry and Bethan pose for a local shot.

The track continues on around the flanks of Burnbank Fell and soon reaches the Holme Beck valley.

Carling Knott is the high ground ahead.

We divert through the fell gate and enter the trees at the top of Holme Woods.

Holme Woods is a mixed plantation

with ancient broadleaf trees and more modern evergreens.


We take the steep footpath down

and turn onto the top forest track

as it makes its way down at a more gentle angle.


It would lead us naturally down to the bridge

over the lower section of Holme Beck

adjacent to the waterfalls.

This is the lower waterfall just before it disappears beneath the small bridge where we're standing.

With a faster shutter speed.

Further up there's a delightful water shoot, some may call it a spout.

[ Move your cursor over the photo to see it captured in time ]


Click on the short video to see the falls in action !

Down almost at lake level the Trust have been constructing a new footbridge,

re-positioned and raised to avoid the river backing up against it as it did with the older and smaller one.

John is one of the first to try out the new bridge as it was only completed today.

Ann seems disappointed at her way being blocked by red tape !

The Holme Woods Bothy

This holiday cottage seems to have a family in residence this week.

" Rowing Boats for Hire "

Please apply at Watergate Farm just up the track.

Overcast but fortunately it has been a dry walk.

The meadows have been allowed to mature and there is a wonderful sea of colour.

The weather is definitely improving

as Dee enjoys the sunshine outside Loweswater Village Hall.

Finally back home after a very pleasant local walk.

By the way, the phone box is not to let, the sign relates to the big house up near the farm,

the other side of the Kirkstile Inn.

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Technical note: Pictures taken with either Ann's Canon 75 or my Canon G10 digital camera.

Resized in Photoshop, and built up on a Dreamweaver web builder.

This site best viewed with . . . the last slices of our two daughters nice cakes to eat.

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