Black Fell

Wainwright No.212 – 1,056ft (322m)

Today we enjoyed a walk up Black Fell with the Simmonds family. The day came about after a play date with Megan’s friend Phoebe during which Marie (Phoebe’s mum) revealed they were keen to get out walking in the hills and would welcome the opportunity to walk with friends. As we had already planned to do this walk as a family it was a perfect opportunity to extend the invite out to them.

Black Fell (or Black Crag) is the third smallest Wainwright, standing at just 322m. Despite its modest height, it offers wonderful panoramic views of the surrounding lakes and mountains and is worth a trip.

We met at Glen Mary Bridge car park at 8:00 and were soon heading off along the Lane Head Coppice footpath admiring the waterfalls en-route.

Lane Head Waterfall

Tarn Hows was looking as beautiful as ever, with its calm water. Our early start had paid off as we almost had the place to ourselves.

Tarn Hows

We followed the path around the tarn in a clockwise direction (following the COVID-19 advice to help maintain social distancing) before turning off to the track leading to Black Crag. With the summit trig point in view, the youngsters in the group were soon off to bag the summit before the oldies!!

Summit photo
Me, Lay, Meg, Will, Phoebe, James, Megan, Isabel and Marie
Togo and Cooper (the Cocker Spaniel) were being camera shy!

As we had made good time to the summit, we considered extending our walk to take in Great Cobble. However, after negotiating the stile, we were greeted by a plethora of sheep and decided it was not worth winding Togo up for so we returned to the summit plateau for a snack and drink.

King of the castle

In decent, we retraced our steps back to Tarn Hows, where we completed the loop of the tarn before opting to return via the waterfall route once more.

All in all a successful trip and hopefully the first of many family adventures with the Simmonds.

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