26th April 2010

Plan "B" took us to Easedale Tarn


Walk Overview
Time 13.30 to 17.45
Duration 4 hr 15 min
Distance 5.6 mile
Ascent 1100 ft
Walking with Jennifer, Roger & Ann Hiley and Andrew & Anne Leaney
Swan Hotel - Butharlyp Howe - Easedale - Sourmilk Gill - Easedale Tarn - Stythwaite Steps - Lancrigg - Easedale Road - Grasmere - Swan Hotel
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Car Park, Swan Hotel, Grasmere

This car park actually belongs to the hotel and the courteous thing to do is pop in for a drink or something to eat before or after the walk.
Parking is free, so if you do buy a drink, you'll probably get a cheaper day then paying to park in one of the Grasmere car parks.


Route Map

The fell for today's walk was chosen, the start time and place were agreed, and we all turned up on time. The weather on the other hand had different ideas, so within minutes of meeting up the plan was thrown away and we all retired to the Swan Hotel to discus a plan "B" over a cuppa. Sometimes we just don't see the point in heading up onto the high fells in the cloud and rain, so after a drink (and a free biscuit) Easedale Tarn was agreed on.

Walking through Easedale with a view across to Tarn Crag.

New Bridge Easedale.

And next to Brimmer Head Farm is another bridge which I assume isn't quite so new.

A view back through Easedale.

Sourmilk Gill was far from impressive today. Obviously due to the dry conditions we've had this month.


After passing a steady stream of people on the way up, it was nice to have the tarn to ourselves. The rain had stopped and it was nice to sit for ten minutes while we had a bite to eat.

Time to head down, but first we had to cross over to the opposite side of Easedale Tarn's outflow.

Heading down the northern side of Sourmilk Gill.

A familiar landmark on the route down to Far Easedale is this tree, seemingly growing out of the top of the rock. Walk across to it if you like, but be prepared to get wet feet.

Britain's got talent comes to the Lake District. Needless to say these two dance partners didn't go through to the next round.

, , and after amusing us with a bridge dance, Jennifer decided to try her hand at crossing the stepping stones without slipping.

To say the least Lancrigg restaurant was very nice, but a bit too posh for us to go inside. So after convincing ourselves the fresh air would do us good, we enjoyed the best tea and cake we've had for a long time.

Back in Grasmere now and the place was almost deserted.

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Lake District Walks