21st April 2012

April Showers on a walk to Easedale Tarn


Walk Overview
Walk details
Time 10.45 to 14.10
Duration 3 hr 25 min
Distance 6.9 mile
Ascent 900 ft
Walking with Jennifer
A591 - Grasmere - Easedale Road - Easedale - Sourmilk Gill - Easedale Tarn - Stythwaite Steps - Goody Bridge - Low Mill Bridge - 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

If April showers do actually bring forth May flowers than this May should offer a great display of blooms. Today we were caught in a few heavy showers and between those we enjoyed some brief spells of really warm sunshine. I guess that's just the nature of the season and if the jacket has to be taken on and off throughout the walk then so be it.

Leaving Easedale Road and heading out into the open fields of Easedale. Easedale is a lovely place and I always think it's a shame that it isn't three or four times longer than it is. I know it would mean further to walk to reach the surrounding fells, but that wouldn't be such a bad thing.

Looking ahead to Sourmilk Gill. That's the first shower working its way towards us.

Brimmer Head Farm in front of Helm Crag.

A view back to Easedale.

That looks like a lot of people, , , , not really. This was just a small section of a MUCH LARGER group of kids that were walking from Grasmere to Easedale Tarn.

Now that we're here, we might as well walk right round the tarn.

I'm not sure what they were doing, but they were told where to sit and then the clipboards came out. Probably some sort of school project. I'm tempted to say "lucky them", but I suspect most of them would disagree. Many of them looked fed up as they trudged up by Sourmilk Gill and they were more interested in their mobile phones than the surroundings. Each to their own I suppose; after all, I'd be equally uninterested if someone dragged me to watch a football match.

Giving the end if the tarn a wide birth helps avoid the wetter section at this end.

The sheepfold side of the tarn.

Tarn Crag.

A long way from home.


Our descent route took us down the northern side of Sourmilk Gill; a nice alternative to simply walking back the way we'd came.

This is Stythwaite Steps. I know it's a bridge; the steps are on the downstream side of the bridge and for obvious reasons they don't get much use these days.

Walking along the track on the Helm Crag side of Easedale.

Rather than going back through Grasmere, we turned off at Goody Bridge and followed the minor road to Low Mill Bridge.

A view across to Seat Sandal, Fairfield, Great Rigg (just) and Stone Arthur.

Stone Arthur.

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I didn't bring much but we might as well eat it here at Low Mill Bridge as sitting in the car.

If we'd continued further along the road we'd have ended up at the bottom of Steel Fell, but we didn't so we didn't.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks