29th June 2013

Alcock Tarn, Rydal and Grasmere


Walk Overview
Time 9.10am to 1.15pm
Duration 4 hr 5 min
Distance 7.6 mile
Ascent 1000ft
Walking with Jennifer
A591 - Alcock Tarn - Whitemoss Common - A591 - Rydal Water - end of Loughrigg Terrace - Grasmere (lake) - road to Grasmere village - 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

Steel Fell and Seat Sandal with Dunmail Raise separating the two of them.

Looking across to Silver How.

For a short distance our route took us up the right hand side of Greenhead Gill.

A view backwards shows Helm Crag, the main A591 and our parking spot.

It's only from higher up that you see just how spread out Grasmere really is.
The dark pointed fell in the distance is Harrison Stickle, of Langdale Pikes fame.

A view across to Greenhead Gill, Stone Arthur and Great Rigg.

Alcock Tarn.


Just across from the tarn is an excellent vantage point for a view down to Grasmere.

Down through the woods we go and eventually we join up with the road near Whitemoss Common Tarn.

And here it is; overgrown, muddy and not too attractive at all. It's a shame really, because a few years ago they (whoever 'they' were) pulled out the invasive weeds and revealed a good sized tarn.

Rydal Water seen from the side of main road.

This time with Loughrigg Fell in view.


This is the River Rothay; Rydal Water's outflow. Actually, Rydal Water's inflow at the other end of the lake is the River Rothay as well.

Now we're on the other side of the lake.

This is one way to stop the kids asking "are we nearly there".

Grasmere in front of Silver How.

Looking down Grasmere towards Helm Crag.

"I know the seagull snatched your sandwich, but don't you think swimming after it is a bit OTT"

"Ha, , , I knew they wouldn't be able to catch me"
"Right, what can I do about this"
"I've got an idea. If I dip it in the water a bit might fall off"
"It doesn't make me daft just because I'm only a seagull"

Loughrigg Fell and Grasmere.

"Hurry up before that seagull spots us"

I'd noticed a couple walking in the opposite direction but it was after taking the previous picture the guy asked "do I know you two?" "It could be off the internet, we're David and Jennifer Hall" I answerd

We went on to have a good crack with Chris and Alison for a while but it was only when Chris called his dog Fudge that the penny dropped and I realised who I was talking to. It's quite a small world as it turns out. We both work at the same place, we were both born and bred in Whitehaven, both love fell walking and both walked at Grasmere today.

Click on the above picture to view Chris's website

Passing by the old boat house on Grasmere.

Helm Crag is oner there on the left and on t'other side of the lake are Seat Sandal, Stone Arthur and Great Rigg.

And now with a big tree blocking the view.

Jennifer went in this shop to look at those bag things you can put round your waist instead of using a normal rucksack.
"did she buy one"
Well, not exactly, , , , before we left home this morning I said there was no need for her to carry a purse around because I had some money and my card anyway. When the time came for me to put my hand in my pocket it turned out that I only had a few pound coins and the card was still in my other trousers at home, , , , whoops.

A blast from the past.






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Lake District Walks