12th February 2012

Alcock Tarn, Rydal and Grasmere


Walk Overview
Time 10.10 to 13.50
Duration 3 hr 40 min
Distance 7.6 Mile
Ascent 1400 ft
Walking with On my own
A591 - Greenhead Gill - Alcock Tarn - White Moss Tarn - Coffin route to Rydal - Rydal Water - Loughrigg Terrace - Grasmere (lake) - Grasmere - 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

When I left home this morning I didn't expect to see any views at all, never mind anything a bit special. Then, as I was passing Thirlmere the the cloud parted for a moment, and although the fell tops were under cloud I thought if I headed up somewhere of modest height I might be lucky enough to catch a cloud inversion.

Heading up the side of Greenhead Gill.

Greenhead Gill. The path to Alcock Tarn goes up the steep ground on the right of the picture.

Yes, this is what I wanted.

Central Lakeland above the clouds.

and a bit further around to the south are the Coniston fells.

Alcock Tarn reflections. The grey colour is caused by water sitting on top of the ice.



I must have stood here for about half an hour just taking in the views and the shear peacefulness of the place. Only one person walked past, there wasn't a breath of wind, and it was warm enough to stand with sleeves rolled up, , , , perfect.

A close up of the Langdales.

Loughrigg Fell.

The cloud was beginning to rise and break up a little so it was time to make a move and start heading back down.

Looking northwards.

Helm Crag.

Back into the gloom I go.

On the coffin route.

Whitemoss Common Tarn.

Rydal Water, seen from the coffin route.

You've never got a pair of pliers when you need them !!

Almost at Rydal.

Frozen Rydal Water.


Looking back towards Rydal Water from the end of Loughrigg Terrace.

Silver How seen above Grasmere.

A view back along the path next to Grasmere   and a view looking ahead.

Looking over Grasmere to Heron Pike.


A close up of Stone Arthur.


Helm Crag, taken just before I got back at the car.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks