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What views!

This was one of our favourite walks during our stay in Grasmere. We approached it from the "Coffin... read more

Reviewed April 11, 2015
Debs W
well worth the climb

amazing views ,well worth the climb but be very careful coming down very steep on the descend also... read more

Reviewed April 10, 2015
Zayd A
South Shields, United Kingdom
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Grasmere, England
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Reviewed April 11, 2015

This was one of our favourite walks during our stay in Grasmere. We approached it from the "Coffin" route as we were staying at How Foot Lodge and we could just go out of the back gate to get on the route. The route is...More

Thank Debs W
Reviewed April 10, 2015

amazing views ,well worth the climb but be very careful coming down very steep on the descend also very rocky under foot

Thank Zayd A
Reviewed April 4, 2015

Lovely walk up there, Nice to sit round the tarn and admire the view. Dog's will welcome a swim up there, Don't forget your picnic, there are no benches but flat grass areas.

Thank SuzeCHarrogate
Reviewed March 19, 2015

Love this walk, usually ascend from Dove cottage, up to the coffin route then the easy but interesting path off to Alcock Tarn. Decent is pretty steep but short , straight down to Grasmere. Not a long walk at all and can be completed in...More

Thank terry j
Reviewed February 28, 2015

An excellent short walk giving fine and extensive views, passing through a variety of locations. There are at least three different ways to complete the round without having to go over the same ground twice.

Thank Chris H
Reviewed February 13, 2015

A good short Tarn walk. We did it on a misty day so the views were obscured, cleared a little on the descent. Steep walk up but rewarded by the tarn, bigger than we expected. Snow at the tarn which was great for pics. Tough...More

1  Thank Toddy622
Reviewed February 9, 2015

This was an easy ascent considering the weather, a bit steep in parts, but OK if fit. With a lot of snow still on the ground the paths were not always obvious so we strayed at times. The descent was a real challenge due to...More

Thank Arch M
Reviewed January 26, 2015

This is a stunning walk and we'll worth the steep climb. It was a very misty day so I will definitely return on a clearer day to enjoy the views to their fall potential

1  Thank Atko42
Reviewed January 20, 2015

Whilst the climb was steep in parts, the walker is rewarded with fab views. Take a picnic and enjoy the plateau & views.

Thank Sam P
Reviewed January 9, 2015

The circular walk is one for ramblers not strollers although by Lake District standards it is certainly not difficult. It is a steep climb and descent and the right footwear is essential. Allow 2-3hours from Grasmere.

Thank Graham N
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