With Anastasia and Helen. We were staying at a place next to the BP garage on Lake Road. From here we headed north across the town to find Vicarage Road which leads to Rothay Park where it becomes a path which leads to a pretty stone bridge after which we turned right and followed a lane for a short distance before picking up a long driveway of the left. This zigzags steeply uphill past some houses before becoming a path that ;eads eventually to Loughrigg Tarn near Skelwith Bridge. But we were not going there. About halfway to the Tarn a path, actually or than one as there are many minor variant routes hereabouts, headsoff right and meanders delightfully round little knolls and past a little tarn before landing us on the very crowded summit.
The descent north to Loughrigg Terrace is much more unrelenting and steep. At one point I slipped and managed to sprain my knee which borthered me a little all the way down and then rather a lot more the next day. But we got down to the Terrace and turned right to walk along it going right at a fork to visit the cave and then on down to the car park at Pelter Bridge. Here we picked up the same lane we had left before taking us back to the bridge by Rothay Park and home where we played Monopoly.
It was a beautiful first day of 2024 and everyone was heading to the Peak District including me. I parked in the centre of Holme which was surprisingly not hard on a day when so many car parks were choked full. From here I walked up Meal Hill Road to the right of the children's playground and soon went right at a sign. From here is a pleasant walk over field paths up and down to Digley Reservoir. Go left, cross reservoir, go up hill a short way. left again, The path bends right then at a junction go left. This is Nether Lane which follows the north flank of Marsden Cough passing the derelict Goodbent Lodge. Jut after this a path branches off south and heads off down the eastern flank of Black Hill in two huge curves before turning into the relentlessly straight Issues Road which goes all the way back to Holme eventually curving round to the right and changing name to become the same Meal Hill Road on which you began.