28th April 2007

A walk from Grasmere to Blea Rigg and Tarn Crag


Walk Overview
Time 08.55 to 13.20
Duration 4 hr 25 min
Distance 8 mile
Ascent 2330 ft
Walking with On my own
Grasmere - Easedale - Easedale Tarn - Blea Rigg - Codale Tarn - Tarn Crag - Far Easedale - Easedale - Grasmere
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Parking spaces opposite Grasmere Church

This is one for the early bird or for the very lucky I'm afraid. Opposite the church there about half a dozen parking spaces all of which fill up very quickly, and as fast as one becomes empty during the day someone else is ready to take advantage.

On the plus side, the homesty box belonging to the church asks far less for a days parking than the national trust or the council.


Route Map

Walking through Easedale; a lovely little valley just outside Grasmere, and heading towards Easedale Tarn via the path seen in this picture just above the waterfalls in the distance.

And the waterfalls themselves.

Above the waterfalls and following the final section of the path to Easedale Tarn.

In the middle of summer, and particularly during the school holidays, this route to the tarn is a firm favourite with families. During any sunny afternoon you'll see a steady stream of people making their way along this path to have their pick-nick next to Easedale Tarn. If you're not in any rush, an out and back to Easedale Tarn from Grasmere makes an ideal afternoon walk for those who want to get out into the countryside, but don't want to venture up onto the fells themselves.

A very hot morning at Easedale Tarn.

To reach Blea Rigg I followed the path about halfway alongside Easedale Tarn before turning left to follow the diagonal path up the fellside towards Blea Rigg.

An impressive looking Blea Crag.

Harrison Stickle and Pavey Ark taken from Blea Rigg.

A close up of Harrison Stickle.

The next point I was heading for on today's walk was Codale Tarn. To reach the tarn I took an off path route from the Blea Rigg ridge down to the path seen in this picture, below the tarn.

The lovely Codale Tarn.

The large sheepfold passed on the route between Codale Tarn and the Tarn Crag ridge.

This short section of path was actually my main aim for this walk. I'd visited the tarn and walked the Tarn Crag ridge many times in the past, but I'd never linked the two together before.

Along another off path route, this time heading down into Far Easedale, where I passed close to the crags marked on the map as Deer Bields.

Looking down to Far Easedale. The path I followed back towards Grasmere can be seen on this side of the beck.

It makes you wonder how they manage to get enough water !

The footbridge over Far Easedale Gill.

And looking back again from a little further along the path.

It was nice and sheltered as I was walking along this track below Helm Crag, so I was enjoying the full affects of the sunshine.

Almost at the end of the track now and down to Easedale Road which leads back into Grasmere.


David Hall -
Lake District Walks