15th June 2013

Blea Rigg and Tarn Crag from Grasmere


Walk Overview
Time 9.45am to 1.40pm
Duration 3 hr 55 min
Distance 8 mile
Ascent 2200 ft
Walking with On my own
Grasmere - Easedale Road - Easedale - Easedale Tarn - Blea Rigg - Codale Tarn - Tarn Crag - Stythwaite Steps - Easedale Road - Grasmere
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Parking spaces opposite Grasmere Church

This is one for the early bird or for the very lucky I'm afraid. Opposite the church there about half a dozen parking spaces all of which fill up very quickly, and as fast as one becomes empty during the day someone else is ready to take advantage.

On the plus side, the honesty box belonging to the church asks far less for a days parking than the national trust or the council.


Route Map

I'm in Grasmere and the clock over there tells me it's 9:45. I know it's later then I often set off but last night the weather lady lead me to believe I'd get lots of heavy showers or even longer spells of rain today. There's no point is setting off early just to get soaked so I left it a bit later and thought I'd simply make the most of a wet day by having a walk up to Easedale Tarn.
I did the whole walk in shorts and t-shirt and not one drop of the wet stuff landed on me or anywhere near me.

Stone Arthur, seen across a recently cut field in Grasmere.
It look like Mr Warburton is making a delivery at the co-op.

That's Stone Arthur again, this time from an uncut field.

Heading along the path through Easedale. It's a bit black looking up there but at least it didn't amount to anything.

New Bridge in front of Helm Crag.

A close up of Blindtarn Cottage.

Just before reaching the waterfalls I turned round and took this picture looking back through Easedale.

The higher of the Sourmilk Gill Waterfalls.

And from above. The fell behind is Helm Crag.

After passing the waterfalls the gradient eases off a little and Easedale Tarn's outflow comes into view. Up on the right is Tarn Crag; I'll be up there later.

Cloud was whizzing past far too quickly for me to react today. Everytime there was a nice area of sunshine nearby, it was gone before I had a chance to get the camera out. The prominent 'V' in the distant skyline is Grisedale Hause; the gap between Seat Sandal and Fairfield.

Easedale Tarn.

Just across from the tarn are the remains of the refreshments hut that catered for the needs of hungry and thirsty visitors 'years ago'. After falling into disuse, vandals decided it was a good idea to cause irreparable damage to the building and it was eventually taken down by National Park Voluntary Wardens in the 1960s.

And here's a picture I took inside the building on one of my earliest visits to Easedale Tarn. Before you start getting the wrong idea, no, this isn't me; it's Mr Wilson the proprietor. I was the first customer that day so I had to wait for him to get the fire going so he could boil water for the tea. In the meantime, we went outside to take another picture.

That's me sitting on the rock. I have to admit that modern walking gear is much more comfortable than the days when I headed up here in a shirt and tie.

I hadn't had any rain so I decided to head up to Blea Rigg (out of shot on the left).

Looking back down to Easedale Tarn.

A steady climb up from Easedale Tarn takes you directly to Blea Rigg.

I hadn't realised just how sheltered I'd been on the walk until I got up here on the ridge below Blea Rigg. I wasn't exactly being blown about, but it wasn't half blustery up here and completely different from the beginning of the walk.


I'm up on Blea Rigg now. In the distance you can see Windermere.

Looking ahead to Pavey Ark and Sergeant Man, both of which look rather black under those clouds.

Codale Tarn, that's where I'm heading next.

and a close up.

Easedale Tarn seen from the point where I crossed the main path running up to Sergeant Man.

And here it is. So close to a popular route but still managing to retain a feeling of seclusion. It's easy to get from here to the ridge just above Tarn Crag.

Tarn Crag summit. Down there you can see Grasmere, Rydal Water and Windermere.

Easedale Tarn, taken from the route down from Tarn Crag.

A view down to Easedale, Grasmere and beyond. The path you can see on the right is the one I followed to Easedale Tarn earlier.

That's one way to stop people stealing signs.

Far Easedale.

This is the bridge at Stythwaite Steps. What's left of the steps are on the other side of the bridge.

Far Easedale Gill.

I'm always intrigued by this house. The view from their front room might not be the most extensive in the Lake District but I'd still like to have and look inside.

Heading back to Grasmere. Between here and the village I only passed 4 people. It should be busier than this for the middle of June.

A view back towards Tarn Crag.


David Hall -
Lake District Walks