11th December 2005

A walk from Grasmere to a new tarn, an old favourite and walk along a corpse road.


Walk Overview
Time 09.30 to 13.30
Duration 4 hr
Distance 6.1 mile
Ascent 2339 ft
Walking with On my own
Grasmere - Alcock Tarn - Heron Pike - Dockey Tarn - Nab Scar - Rydal - White Moss - 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

A close up of Helm Crag taken from the path up to Alcock Tarn.

Alcock Tarn with a cloudy Stone Arthur behind.

Alcock Tarn, this time taken from the off path route I took up to Heron Pike. Grasmere can be seen in the valley below the tarn.

Up in the clouds just below Herron Pike.

Dockey Tarn.
This tarn was actually the main aim of today's walk. Although I've been to Alcock Tarn and walked the route between Heron Pike and Nab Scar many times before, I've never been across to this tarn. So I thought it was about time I made the effort. There isn't a path to the tarn and I thought it may be quite difficult to find. My plan was to leave the main ridge path at Lord Crag so that I could locate the tarn and work out a route from above. A wise move as it turned out.
This is a tarn best visited at this time of year as I should imagine the bracken would be terrible to walk through during the summer months.

Looking back towards the tarn.

The dry stone wall and stile found on Nab Scar.

And another one found further down the fell, just above Rydal.

From just above Rydal, looking across to Low Pike.

A rescue helicopter.

Looking back along the track between Rydal and Grasmere.

One of the Coffin Stones or Resting Stones found along what was once the "Corpse road" between Ambleside and Grasmere. Prior to St Mary's church in Ambleside being consecrated, coffins were carried along this road for burial in St Oswald's in Grasmere. The coffin would be placed on the stones while the bearers had a rest.
Not a job many people would want to apply for these days !!

St Oswald's church in Grasmere.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks