Holme Fell


Approx 3.8 miles


Glen Mary Bridge National Trust Pay & Display car park, LA21 8DP.

Why we love this walk?

This Wainwright walk is an ideal fell walk for those with children who are ready for a short scramble to the summit. My four children felt a lot of pride reaching the summit of Holme Fell because, whilst the distance is relatively short, the incline is steep! We also love this Wainwright walk for the large areas of grass that the children can play on when you reach the top, also a great place to stop for a picnic. 

Please do take care, correct walking footwear is essential.

For more details please head to the bottom of this page and view our Strava map.

Yew Tree Tarn marks the start of the walk up to Holme Fell

Steep ascent as you come out of the woods and make your way to the summit and Uskdale Gap

Walking along the top towards Holme Fell

Finally found the summit!

The Route

Glen Mary Bridge National Trust Pay & Display car park is a good starting point for this walk, if needed there are limited layby spaces along the roadside closer to Yew Tree Tarn. Leaving the car park follow the footpath, close to the road, for a short while until you come to Yew Tree Tarn (image 1). Here you cross the road and begin your walk around the water, keeping Yew Tree Tarn on your right hand side. Walk through the woods until you reach a signpost showing the way to Holme Fell.

Here you leave the wood and begin the ascent to Holme Fell, be careful as this section is steep and the rocks can be loose in parts (image 2). With plenty of rest breaks we made it to Uskdale Gap, here my children thought we were at the summit so we stopped for a short while and allowed them to enjoy the views, and the large grass area to play.

From Uskdale Gap you can reach the summit of Holme Fell many ways, the cairn you can see from Uskdale Gap is in fact Ivy Crag and Holme Fell lies just beyond this. It took us a little while to navigate but we soon found the summit of Holme Fell (image 4). At only 317m this modest Wainwright still offers some steep sections and scrambling is needed in parts – my children loved it!

When you are ready to make your descent, head back down to Uskdale Gap and return the way that you came up. This walk is perhaps better suited for children who can manage some steep climbs. Correct walking footwear is essential. 

hiking household

There are many wonderful walks to be found in this area, for more information see below:

For Tarn Hows please click here.

For Loughrigg Fell please click here.

For Elterwater to Skelwith Bridge please click here.