Saturday, 1 July 2000

Holme Fell

Holme Fell hides in the shade
Height: 317m (1,040ft)
Prominence: 165m (541ft)
Region: Southern Fells
Classifications: Wainwright, Marilyn, Birkett
Summit feature: Cairn on rock outcrop
Times climbed: 1
Related trip report:
Black Fell & Holme Fell - 03/03/2013
View from the summit of Holme Fell towards Langdale
What Wainwright said:

"It is a characteristic of many of Lakeland's lesser heights that what they lack in elevation they make up for in ruggedness. Slopes a thousand feet high can be just as tough and steep as those three times as long, while crags occur at all levels and are by no means the preserve of the highest peaks"

Holme Fell (also (perhaps erroneously) known as Holm Fell) is an outlying fell of Wetherlam with the summit at the southern extremity of a north-south ridge a mile or so long. The fell is boarded on all sides by roads or tracks allowing circular walks for all.

A huge, abandoned slate quarry can be found on the slopes of Holme Fell, this being Hodge Close. Closed prior to WWII, the quarry now features flooded chambers used by cave divers, a dangerous pastime that has claimed the lives of several divers in the past. The quarry walls are, understandably, popular with rock climbers.

The views from the summit are very good, thanks to the fell's relative isolation. That said, Wetherlam and the other Coniston fells block much of the view to the south and west.

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