2nd October 2004

Stone Arthur to Alcock Tarn


Walk Overview
Time 11.10 to 14.05
Duration 2 hr 55 min
Distance 5.6 mile
Ascent 2457 ft
Walking with On my own
Grasmere - Greenhead Gill - Stone Arthur - Great Rigg - Stone Cove - Heron Pike - Alcock Tarn - Greenhead Gill - Grasmere
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Car park, Broadgate, Grasmere

Broadgate is one of the three main car parks found in Grasmere. They all charge what may be considered over the odds, but I suppose parking in an area with so many walking options does come with a high price tag.

In addition to the walking on offer, the car park is within a minutes walk from the centre of Grasmere and everything it has to tempt the visitor.


Route Map

Helm Crag from the road side just outside Grasmere.
I walked out of Grasmere to the Swan Hotel and then followed the narrow road around the right hand side of the hotel.

Helm Crag and some of the central fells from the path leading up to Stone Arthur.
The sunshine was surprisingly warm while I was walking up to Stone Arthur. Warm enough to walk without a jacket on.

Looking down to Grasmere the larger dark fells in the background are the Coniston fells.

Helm Crag and the Central fells from Stone Arthur. You can just see Easedale Tarn and Sour Mike Gill waterfalls near the middle of the picture.

Seat Sandal, Dollywaggon Pike and the Helvellyn fells from Stone Arthur.
The cloud was starting to thicken above the higher Eastern and the Central fells. It was already raining in some places, so it was only a matter of time before I was caught in one of the heavy showers.

Looking up the broad grassy path between Stone Arthur and Great Rigg.
A very easy route along a broad grassy path. This type of path usually makes easy walking and tend not to feel as steep as they look.

Rydal Fell and Heron Pike. From here I could see Windermere, Esthwaite Water, Coniston and Grasmere. You can just see Alcock Tarn on the right of the picture above Grasmere.

Stone Arthur and Grasmere.

Fairfield on the right and the Helvellyn fells on the left from Great Rigg summit.

Dollywaggon Pike with the Hellvellyn fells behind. The fell sloping down from the left is Seat Sandal with Grisedale Tarn in the middle and Fairfield leading out to the right of the picture.
A couple of minutes after I took this picture I was caught in a hail shower.

Looking back along the route I took from Great Rigg. Fairfield is the dark fell behind.
The fellside running off the the left of the picture is the route I followed up from Stone Arthur.

Storm clouds above Windermere and the Southern Lakes.

Alcock Tarn and Grasmere from the steep grassy slopes between Heron Pike and the tarn.
There are no paths along this part of the walk, so once I started to loose height and the tarn came into view, I headed for the point where the two walls meet on the right of the picture.

Stone Arthur and Great Rigg.
The path I followed up Stone Arthur can be seen running through the Bracken.

Helm Crag and some very black looking Central Fells.

A small bridge across Greenhead Gill.
Just to the right of the picture is a gate that takes you onto the road that leads back down to the Swan Hotel.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks