25th August 2007

Two fells, two lakes and a tarn from Grasmere


Walk Overview
Time 09.40 to 15.05
Duration 5 hr 25 min
Distance 7.1 mile
Ascent 2305 ft
Walking with On my own
A591 - Alcock Tarn - Heron Pike - Nab Scar - Rydal - Rydal Water - Grasmere (lake) - Grasmere - A591
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Roadside parking, A591 outside Grasmere

I've described this spot as roadside parking, but it is actually a rather long lay-by found between Grasmere and the bottom of Dunmail Raise. It is quite a popular spot, so latecomers may arrive to find it full. If this turned out to be the case the best alternative would be to try one of the car parks in Grasmere itself. It all depends on where you're going of course, but the distance this would add onto your walk is not much at all.


Route Map

Looking back down towards the A591, taken from our route to Alcock Tarn.

Gibson Knott, Greenburn Bottom and Steel Fell enjoying some morning sunshine. Perhaps it might have been a better idea to walk on those fells instead. While we were on the higher sections of our walk we had almost no sunshine at all, yet Steel Fell seemed to have the sun shining on it the whole time; or at least every time I looked across.

Alcock Tarn.

And again, this time from the far end of the tarn.
From here we walked around the end of the tarn, climbed through the gap in the wall and headed left through the Bracken, before taking an off path route up to the ridge above.

A close up of Silver How.

And one of Easedale Tarn.

The view back down to Alcock Tarn and Grasmere in the valley.

We were just about on the ridge near Heron Pike now and the cloud was lifting and falling on Great Rigg almost by the minute.

Ambleside and Windermere.

And still the sun was shining on the opposite side of the valley.

Little Dockey Tarn found found in a flat(ish) area of ground just below Nab Scar. This tarn quite often dries out during the Summer months; not the case this year though. No need for three guesses why !

Rydal Water, also taken from Nab Scar.
The (lower) path on the far side of the lake is the one we followed later in the walk.
Notice the cave entrance, just above the trees.

And a close up of the cave itself.
I've heard that due to a rock fall the cave has been closed to the public. I don't know why I didn't check this out while I was so close, but this picture definitely shows a gate across the entrance path.

Lunch with a view and zooming in on the trees in Rydal Park.

The path down from Heron Pike and Nab Scar always feels like a long way (possibly because it is), every time I reach this spot my legs are really telling me they've walked far enough down hill.


Now this is a bit easier on the knees; a lovely walk next to Rydal Water, which wasn't nearly as busy as I thought it would have been on a bank holiday weekend.

Nab Cottage looks such a peaceful spot from this side of the lake. The only downside is that the A591 runs between the lake and the house. If however, you can manage to get a picture without any traffic driving past, you could quite easily imagine that this was at the head of some remote valley, well away from the noise and the traffic.

The weir end of Grasmere.

Sunflowers in one of the gardens just outside Grasmere.

Grasmere Church.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks