The four small hills
featured here lie in the vicinity of the River Brathay west of Ambleside and
the head of Windermere. They are usually visited for their own attractions,
which are manifold, rather than combined with other fells. Within the
boundaries of this particular area all manner of delights await the walker
who comes here. The fells themselves do their utmost to appear rugged, and
not seem to be inferior to the higher summits nearby. Many lakes and lovely
tarns adorn the surrounding valleys, and indeed tarns and smaller pools can
be found in plenty on the hills as well. It is a veritable paradise for
visitors of all persuasions, and truly exhibits the very best that Lakeland
has to offer. Here will not be found the wild grandeur of Bowfell, the
Scafells or Great Gable, but those who habitually turn to those magnificent
places would do well to consider the hills under review here. Pre-eminent
must be Loughrigg Fell, a mountain range in miniature, and not to be taken
lightly in mist when it's array of rocky knolls and complex network of paths
can prove difficult to unravel even to those who think they know the fell.
Loughrigg caters for everybody; from the motorist who wants a short stroll,
to the elderly and others limited in their capacity to climb or walk on rough
ground. Even those with boundless energy will find much to savour in a
traverse of the ridge and the lovely views. At it's feet Loughrigg has
Grasmere, White Moss, Rydal Water, the head of Windermere, Elterwater and in
a delightful setting a tarn which bears it's name. Lingmoor Fell separates
Great and Little Langdale and is a fine crescent shaped ridge. Linked to it
is the rocky little peak of Side Pike and both share superb views of the
Langdale Pikes, Crinkle Crags and Bowfell. Black Fell rises north of the
beautiful Tarn Hows and looks north to Fairfield, and east across Windermere.
From here and even more so on Holme Fell the dominant feature is Wetherlam.
Holme Fell tries to stand it's ground with a fierce display of crags and
scree above Yewdale, but this belies it's true nature which is one of great
charm and colour. Yew Tree Tarn and the little Holme Ground Dams are pretty
sheets of water here. These small fells deserve better than to be left for a
day when the weather is too poor to consider the higher mountains. They will
serve the purpose of course, but they will not be at their best.