5th July 2009

A bit of an odd route - two fells, three tarns and four sheepfolds


Walk Overview
Time 10.15 to 15.00
Duration 4 hr 45 min
Distance 10.1 mile
Ascent 2800 ft
Walking with On my own
Grasmere - Easedale - Easedale Tarn - Blea Rigg - Stickle Tarn - Codale Tarn - Tarn Crag - Far Easedale - Easedale - Grasmere
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Car park, Broadgate, Grasmere

Broadgate is one of the three main car parks found in Grasmere. They all charge what may be considered over the odds, but I suppose parking in an area with so many walking options does come with a high price tag.

In addition to the walking on offer, the car park is within a minutes walk from the centre of Grasmere and everything it has to tempt the visitor.


Route Map

Walking in hot sunshine along Easedale Road.

As with the walk I did yesterday I passed by a 'New Bridge'. According to the plaque on the side of the bridge, this one was rebuilt in 1997. Even though I must have been along here lots of times before then, I just can't remember what the other one looked like.


The route up to Easedale Tarn seemed to be a popular choice for a walk today. Along the way I met with (overtook) a steady stream of people who were obviously out for a leisurely walk up to the tarn rather than a day up on the fells. I dread to think what some of them thought of me. Although one friendly couple on their first visit to the Lake District were very interested in where I was heading for the day. They seemed quite surprised that someone who lives here actually wants to spend so much time on the fells.

Looking back down the higher section of path below the tarn.

Easedale Tarn.

And again, taken from the route up to Blea Rigg.

The sheepfold found on the Great Langdale side of Blea Rigg.

As seen as though I was close-ish anyway, I decided to head in this direction. I hadn't intended to walk down to Stickle Tarn when I set off, but I'm glad I did because it was so peaceful.

Looking down the tarn towards Harrison Stickle.

And on the walk back up to the ridge, I took this picture with Harrison Stickle and Pavey Ark towering above the tarn.

Tarn number three of the day was the lovely Codale Tarn.
On a decent day when you can see where you're going, you can simply head down from the ridge to pick up the path to Codale Tarn. I know there isn't any path, but it isn't very steep, it isn't very far and with a bit of care it offers a convenient route off the ridge.

Codale Tarn; a lovely spot to say the least.

Standing on Tarn Crag summit with its uninterrupted view through the vale of Grasmere.

Just below the craggy summit you get this view across to the Gibson Knott ridge, Steel Fell, Seat Sandal and the Helvellyn Ridge.

Far Easedale, another fantastic place.

The way back to Grasmere; a long way, but it is down there.

Sheepfold number 4 of the walk, found a little way up stream from Stythwaite Steps, which incidentally is now a bridge and not the stepping stones as named on the map and described in some books I have from the 1800's and early 1900's.


On route back to Grasmere after a fantastic day out. Perhaps it was a strange route I'll grant you that, but as the saying goes; "don't knock it until you've tried it".

David Hall -
Lake District Walks