BB1405 : Holme (Not Holm) Sweet Home

Wednesday 29th January 2014

It's a bit much when the Ordnance Survey can't agree with itself about the name of a place.  Take today's objective for example.  The 1:50k map calls it Holm Fell whereas the 1:25k adds an "e" on the end.  Harvey's Map says Holme.

Authors can't agree either.  Alan Dawson in his book "The Relative Hills of Britain" calls it Holm whereas Alfred Wainwright contends that Holme is correct.  Who are we to argue with the great AW?  Particularly when he was the reason for us going there today.  

Holme it is.

Incidentally, Dawson's book is about the Marilyns of Britain, i.e. hills that are relatively high with regard to the surrounding land, having a drop of 150m or more on all sides.

Why Marilyn?  

Well, what do they call hills over 3,000 feet?

Monros of course!

Wikipaedia uses the wonderful word "homophonous" to explain that Monro and Monroe sound the same.

In the same vein, what do you call a hill of height between 2,500 feet and 3,000 feet?

Well, what is a good name for something Scottish whose height is rather smaller than a Monro (with or without an extra "e") ?

A Corbett of course!  

However, this has nothing to do with the diminutive Ronnie but John Rooke Corbett, a Bristol based climber who compiled the list in the 1920s.



So, compared with last week's record turnout ( BB1404 ), a rather smaller group of BOOTboys (i.e. Martin C, John Hn and me) set off to conquer a Marilyn Wainwright. Don't think old Waney would have liked that name!

Windermere was remarkably calm as we crossed over.  You could hardly tell the ferry was moving.

Looking north from the ferry

From the National Trust car park at Glen Mary Bridge we passed Yew Tree Farm (of the Beatrix Potter film fame) and were soon climbing steeply past the Melting Mowbray cows and through Harry Guards Wood.

Yew Tree Farm

Melting Mowbray cows

Langdales come into view at Uskdale Gap

After Uskdale Gap we struck up left for the summit. Holme Fell now ticked off on the chart!

Comitibus :  Holme Fell


Objective number one achieved, we dropped down a bit, watched by more Melting Mowbrays, then headed north to pass between the two small disused reservoirs.

Another Melting Mowbray

Reservoir No. 1

Reservoir No. 2

Soon we arrived at the Hodge Close Quarry.  This is an impressive place as readers of BB0925 might recall.  The sides are fearsomely steep and the bottom is full of deep water.

Fortunately there is a safe way to reach it.

You pass through the Hodge Close hamlet, taking the path to the east and very shortly you will see a block on the ground to the right with strange pieces of metal protruding.

This seems to have been the winching point for the quarry sled.

Beyond it is the steep, at times awkward but not treacherous, path down to a cave through which you pass to reach the end of the track and the water.  

After a brief exploration, we returned to the winching stone for lunch.

Hodge Close Quarry

Next we headed north to Stang End where we had a good view of Lingmoor Fell, possibly John's next W.  

Lingmoor Fell

This was our turning point, heading back south via Moss Rigg Wood, arriving eventually at High Tilberthwaite, John having befriended a fine looking sheep en-route.

Hello John!

Hello, you fine looking sheep

Here we had a decision to make.  We had been late setting off so time was shorter than planned and the light seemed to be dimming early.  

Did we have time to explore Tewdale Beck and Tilberthwaite Gill?

No.  We didn't. So we crossed over to Low Tilberthwaite and down the valley back to Glen Mary Bridge and the car.

Another Wainwright achieved for John: Holme Fell.  With an E.

Then back Home, Sweet Home.  With an E and just like Christmas.  No L.

Don, Wednesday 29th January 2014


Who Looks The Younger?  The Result

The Poll is now closed with a clear winner.  However, the result is best summed up by Hazel's comment:

You are all young at heart.  
You wouldn't go on your walks otherwise.
Good luck to you all for 2014. xx

Thunder Up Shap

Nothing to do with BOOTboys but I thought that those of you who still have your Ian Allan train spotting books might be interested in this posting on YouTube by 981smithy.  

Click on the picture below to watch the Winter Cumbrian Mountain Express hauled by LNER B1 Thompson Class 61264 and LMS Black Five 45407 "The Lancashire Fusilier" thundering up Shap last Saturday (25th January 2014).

Make sure you have your volume turned up loud with full bass.
If you have SmelloVision, switch that on also.
If not, just imagine!





Wednesday 29th January 2014

Distance in miles

7.1 Garmin GPS

Height climbed in feet

1,648 Memory Map / OS


Holme Fell, Hodge Close Quarry


Don, John Hn, Martin C


BOOTboys routes are put online in gpx format which should work with most mapping software. You can follow our route in detail by downloading bb1405 .

To discover which Wainwright top was visited on which BB outing - although it may not be that up to date - see: Which Wainwright When?

For the latest totals of the mileages and heights (ditto) see: BB Log.



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