Oh no, not another blog!! A winter wonderland at Tarn Hows
Ok, I would imagine everyone is getting sick of the white stuff and the ice which is causing havoc around the country. So whilst this blog contains lots of it, it is a reminder of how beautiful it can make the world look....
A lovely crisp winters morning meant a trip into the lakes to sample the magical scenery at this time of year. I was unsure of how clear the roads would be, so tentively headed towards Coniston and Tarn Hows, as this a popular thoroughfare for the residents, so knew it half chance of being clear. It hit -12 as I passed through Torver on the way but had reached a toasty -8 by the time I parked at Yew Tree Tarn at teh bottom of Tom Ghyl, my route up to the tarn this morning.
The climb up through the woods and thick snow was wonderful, and as we approach the top of the Ghyl the light flooding through the trees was magical. It was almost like a Xmas morning with the expectations of what you'd find at the top causing great excitement. The conditions today were in stark contrast to the same walk I did with Mrs A in October
Oh boy, the view at the top of the ghyl as it opened into a frozen wonderland was simply staggering. Not a breath of wind or sound made this a moment just to stand and soak it all in.
I wasn't alone for long! This little chap joined me and just sat on the fence as we shared a biscuit.
I aws beginning to feel like Snow White now as all sorts of animals appeared out the wilderness. Unfortunately this lad wasn't to keen on sharing my banana.
A quick climb up onto the fells surrounding the tarn and the most incredible views across to the central fells. Here we can see Coniston Old Man on the left and Wetherlam on the right.
The way ahead along the ridge, the clarity today was incredible. Compared this view to the one of Mrs A chasing her 'deer' in the other blog.
The Langdale Pikes. The very obvious domed peak of Pike O'Stickle and Harrison Stickle far right, the subject of an earlier blog. The ravine just to the left of HS is teh route of my descent through the mist in that one.
The Crinkle Crags. You can clearly see the prominant peaks along the Crinkly Ridge (as Pam likes to call it).
After a slippy descent through knee deep snow we arrive back at the path around the tarn. Still on my own, not a single soul to be seen. It's at times like this in such a place as this, that you feel very humble and moved to be able to experience such solitude and beauty.
Instead of walking around the bottom of the tarn, I decided that as the sun would be right into the camera from that end, I headed back to the top end and was treated to wonderful views down the frozen tarn. It was about now I spotted another couple who had just arrived, the cheek of it!!
Is he stalking me???? On the opposite side of the tarn he reappeared... is it the same Robin?
A look across at the Langdales from the opposite side of the tarn. You can see the shoreline of the tarn, and the ridge directly above that was our earlier path across the tops.
One last view across the tarn before we have to leave. It was getting crowded now as another family had turned up :-)
Tarn Hows is a beautiful place at any time of the year, but so few people ever to get to experience it looking like this due to the problems of access.
Back at Yew Tree tarn, and I couldn't resist snapping a couple of shots around here. A great seat for a picnic under normal circumstances, but it just seemed so wrong to knock the snow off the bench!
Tew Tree tarn is man made and is dammed at one end. A 180 deg turn from the picture above and we are looking down the outlet. The light was spilling wonderfully through the trees, and coupled with snow which was being blown from the branches was creating sparkles in the air, although i don't think it shows up very well on this, but you get the idea. It was off home now and a drive to Liverpool to see the king of cool, Mr Paul weller, a great end to a perfect day
I hope I haven't bored you with more snowy adventures, but I thought people who know Tarn Hows would be interested to see it in it's winter coat.
Thanks once again for stopping by, stay safe and warm out there.
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