13th March 2011

Blea Rigg and Tarn Crag from Grasmere


Walk Overview
Time 10.25 to 15.00
Duration 4 hr 35 min
Distance 8.4 mile
Ascent 2300 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Grasmere - Butharlyp Howe - Easedale - Sourmilk Gill - Easedale Tarn - Blea Rigg - Codale Tarn - Tarn Crag - Greathead Crag - Stythwaite Steps - Easedale Road - 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

Seat Sandal, Grisedale Hause and a snow topped Fairfield taken as we walked between Grasmere and Easedale.

It was lovely and warm walking through here this morning, but with a forecast for rain to move across from the west late this afternoon, the window of opportunity for a dry walk was somewhat limited. With this in mind, a walk including Blea Rigg and Tarn Crag would fit the bill perfectly.

Walking through Easedale. In the centre of the picture you can see the waterfalls at Sourmilk Gill.

Helm Crag seen above New Bridge.


Sourmilk Gill waterfalls.

It's always a pleasure to visit Easedale Tarn whether it just happens to be on your route or if it's the main aim of the walk. Today, the tarn wasn't our main aim, but it was still nice to come here on route up to Blea Rigg.

After following the side of the tarn for a short distance we turned off to follow the diagonal path up the side of the fell to Blea Rigg.

Higher up the path now and looking back down to Easedale Tarn.
The cloud seems to have lifted off the Helvellyn fells now.

Just across from Blea Riggs' summit you get this fine view down to Great Langdale, Elterwater and Windermere.

This is typical of the terrain around here; lumps, bumps, rocks, stones and plenty of soggy bits to keep you from walking in a straight line.

It looks like I took this picture of Codale Tarn from mid air. I can assure you that both feet were firmly on the ground somewhere just after leaving the ridge to take our off path route down towards the tarn.

Down at Codale Tarn, a lovely spot that every regular fell walker should make the effort to visit.


At the top of Tarn Crag and looking down towards Grasmere.

Easedale Tarn seen from above.

Looking back to Tarn Crag. Someone is standing on the summit.

"Come on girls let's follow those two humans onto the other side of the beck"

", , , , but first, I just need to scratch myself for a minute"

"now he's taking a photo of us, , , you'd think he'd never seen nine sheep crossing a bridge before"


It was here that we felt the first spots of rain, which thankfully didn't amount to much while we were out. On the drive home however, it bucketed down, , , talk about good timing.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks