Farleton Fell and Holmepark Fell.

Start. Holme.

Route. Holme - Kendal/Lancaster Canal - Farleton - Farleton Fell - Holmepark Fell - Holme Park Farm - A6070 - North Road - Kendal/Lancaster Canal - Holme.

Notes. This was an afternoon walk under scudding cloud and dancing shadows, a wander through superb limestone scenery backed by wonderful long distance vistas. We start with a canal side ramble and go on to discover a wonderful stretch of path traversing the cliffs and grassy ledges of Holmepark Fell, narrow in places, slippery in others, with cliffs above us and below, this short traverse proved you don't have to climb very high to get that adrenalin buzz.

We parked on Burton Road (B6384) just above the canal bridge where the road descends into the village. With canal side paths under foot and the song of traffic from the M6 to accompany us we wandered north, when the canal ended a flight of steps descended into sheep pastures, with the motorway to our right and views to the snow capped hills of the Lake District our left we strolled on. On reaching a narrow tarmac lane we crossed the busy motorway and tranquil canal to access the lane leading into Farleton village.

A few yards over tarmac followed, when the road swung sharp left we continued straight on a foot-path guiding us up the hill. Through head high gorse we ascended, gorse gave way to limestone scree before reaching the summit cairn. We sat a while, drank in fine views before scanning the map sheet, our plan had been to descend a wide grassy rake that would deposit us on the lane leading to Holme Park Farm, instead we crossed a stile allowing access to Holmepark Fell, from the limestone blocks adorning the summit we scanned the horizon, drinking in yet more grand vistas, at this point Sue noticed a faint path running south under the line of upper cliffs. Wet and slippery in places, very narrow in others with cliffs above and shear drops below our boot soles, we let this narrow trod guide us to safe ground, it then deposited us on the stoney track leading to Holme Park Farm. An uncomfortable brisk walk along the main road followed before joining the lane leading under the motorway into Holme village, we left the tarmac at the canal, all that remained to re-trace our steps of earlier.

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Seen from the canal side path, Farleton Fell with the cliffs of Holmepark Fell to the right.

The formidable cliffs of Whitbarrow capture the afternoon sun, seen from sheep pastures alongside the M6.

Views over Farleton village with the snow covered hills of Lakeland stretched across the horizon.

Above scrub and gorse kicking a path through limestone scree, with this wonderful view to the west for company.

We've just braved the cows to be gifted with this stunning view to the north.

Seen from near the summit of Farleton Fell, under heavy snow Ingleborough with Gragareth in sunlight.

Sunlight and shade.

Scout Hill in dappled light..

The summit Farleton Fell.

Looking to the limestone cliffs and blocks of Holmepark Fell.

Another stunning view to the sparkling waters of Morecambe Bay, you can just make out the squat towers of Heysham Power Station rising above Warton Crag.

Looking over the Lune Valley, taking centre stage the Middleton Fells, to the right the Barbon High Fells.

From the summit of Holmepark Fell, breath-taking views to Morecambe Bay and the flat lands of the Lancashire coastal plane.

Limestone and storm and the narrow path that's guided us safely from the cairn top left.

A wonderful view to the Lakeland hills from under the cliffs of Holmepark Fell, the path visible below is an easier option but not as exciting.

Some of the dramatic rock architecture yours to explore on Holmepark Fell.

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