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“Peaceful tarn close to Grasmere”
Review of Alcock Tarn

Ranked #8 of 20 things to do in Grasmere
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Southport
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76 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Peaceful tarn close to Grasmere”
Reviewed October 10, 2013

This is a good example of why people who say "the Lake District is too busy" are wrong. You only have to climb the hill on the opposite side of the main road from Grasmere to really get away from it all. Its peaceful and in a wonderful setting.

Visited October 2013
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Syracuse, New York
Level 4 Contributor
22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“A challenging hike-worth the views”
Reviewed October 9, 2013

We spent the morning on the the trail to Alcorn Tarn, hoping to gain a sense of the beauty of the Lake Country from the heights. Some steep going along a trail shared with local sheep, but the views from Alcorn Tarn were magical! We suggest starting the trail at Dove Cottage and wearing good hiking shoes!

Visited September 2013
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Rugby, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Worth the climb”
Reviewed September 27, 2013

A short but fairly stiff climb; fantastic views on the way up. Unfortunately mist covered the tarn but will go up on our next visit.

Visited September 2013
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Lancaster, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“I wonder if it's really a reservoir - still a great place though.”
Reviewed September 19, 2013

A tarn is normally a small lake cupped by sloping ground all around. Alcock Tarn is built up artificially at one end to deepen the water for fishing perhaps or maybe to draw some off by a hidden pipe. One way to get there is to follow the coffin route/footpath from Rydal Hall grounds to Grasmere but to branch off uphill when you see a wooden fingerpost just before the path runs downhill to Grasmere. Another way is to climb Nab Scar behind Rydal Mount and Rydal Hall on a steep footpath and instead of walking the whole Fairfield Horseshoe route, you nip off to the left/to the north and cut across a grassy slope to reach the tarn via a stile in a dry stone wall. After that it's all downhill to Grasmere. That might take two hours including time for a paddle in the cool, shallow water.

Visited August 2013
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Beautiful views”
Reviewed September 16, 2013

Another high point for views of Grasmere and surrounding area across towards Rydal and Windermere. Well worth the climb up.

Visited September 2013
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