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Review of Easedale Tarn

Easedale Tarn
Ranked #1 of 20 things to do in Grasmere
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

Loved the views form the waterfall and if that's as far as you get then it's still worth it. We didn't get to the end as we didn't know how far it was. Probably need about 3 hours, some parts were rugged but not difficult. Comfy shoes, water and food is a must.

Thank Claricus
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

We visited as part of a longer walk around far easedale and high raise. The whole area is stunning with the crags and tarns special features along the walk.

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Reviewed July 20, 2013

Great walk and views Easy to follow, good signs, could get busy but why not start early. plenty of permutations for extending the walk.

Thank 3Tonyr
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Reviewed July 19, 2013

Easedale Tarn is popular because it is easily reached from Grasmere in a ‘there and straight back’ walk or as part of a circular route that might take in The Langdales for example (see below). For serious walkers the route up to the tarn would be graded as easy while for those more accustomed to a Sunday stroll it’s a chance to sample the rugged landscape of the Lakes in a more strenuous walk than usual. There is a straightforward track to follow up to it, though it’s not somewhere to take a buggy and still isn’t a good choice if you have difficulty walking or have health problems that limit mobility as there are a few slightly rougher sections and it is an uphill walk for much of the way.

From Grasmere head up the Easedale Road, past Butharlyp Howe YHA and the turn off for private hostel at Thorny Howe. Where the road curls more sharply to the right with a gate on the right up to the Lancrigg House Hotel, you should look to the trees on the left where there is a footbridge across Easedale Beck. Once over it the path ahead is very straightforward and you should stick rigidly to it all the way up to Easedale Tarn, ignoring any temptation to head off it to the right at any point. The path is initially fairly flat and well made, becoming rockier as it climbs uphill ahead of you and with a few larger rocks or small boulders to be negotiated on the way. A little over two thirds of the way you will pass one of the small falls on Sour Milk Ghyll with a pool that looks incredibly cool and refreshing on a hot summer day and a view back down the valley. If you want to stop for a breather this is one would be well up the list of good choices in the Lakes. Easedale Tarn itself is elusive, you won’t see it until you cover the last few meters so don’t worry that it doesn’t seem to be coming into sight.

Once there you have the tarn laid out in front of you and most people – and there can be a small crowd – seem to cluster not far from the end of the Grasmere path at one end of the Tarn so it’s well worthwhile walking a little further to find a spot of your own. As you sit here and perhaps enjoy a picnic, the higher ground in front of you across the Tarn is Tarn Crag, with the rough drop of Slapestone Edge diagonally across it to the left.

For walkers, it might be of interest to realise that continuing past Easedale Tarn to join up with a path heading first South at NY 2918 0839 then roughly SSW will bring you to Pavey Ark and the possibility of Jack’s Rake to head up towards Pike O’Stickle.

As with any walk in the Lakes, don’t forget the weather can change very, very quickly and you should go prepared. We’ve been out in bright hot sunshine and in the course of one day walked through high winds, snow, hail and a short thunder storm only to end up back in sunshine again in the Lake District. Having a map, compass and the knowledge to use them is always wise but if you are returning by the same path back to Grasmere the route is pretty straightforward. If you aren’t confident with good reason don’t take chances even on a short walk like this though.

I’ve included a few photos of the path, Sour Milk Ghyll and Easedale Tarn as well as an indication of the route from the point where the footbridge takes you over the beck. It’s a lovely spot and a good one for a short walk or for inclusion in a more serious on and is definitely one of the Lakes’ beauty spots. I hope this has been of some help and that you enjoy your visit as much as we did.

3  Thank Geobar01
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Reviewed July 16, 2013

From Grasmere Easedale is an hour or so of sometimes hard walking but with lovely views; safe for the inexperienced but giving a taste of the real Lakeland. You can go beyond the tarn and see few other walkers, or stay safe on the busier path

Thank philandlizhunt
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