20th December 2014

Easedale Tarn and Grasmere


Walk Overview
Time 11:30am to 2:50pm
Duration 3 hr 20 min
Distance 8.2 mile
Ascent 800 ft or there abouts
Walking with On my own
Grasmere - Easedale Road - New Bridge - Sourmilk Gill - Easedale Tarn - Sourmilk Gill - New Bridge - Easedale Road - Grasmere village - Grasmere lake - Weir - Pennyrock Woods - A591 - Grasmere
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Parking Spaces, A591 outside Grasmere

When Grasmere is very busy and parking is a problem, this would be a good place to try. It may be outside the village but it's only a 5 minute walk to the village centre. From the south end of the lay-by cross straight over the road and follow the signed footpath to Millennium Bridge and the church.


Weather Readings

The Gadget
All readings were taken using a Kestrel 2000 Weather Meter
Live temperature recorded at the time I press the hold key
Maximum Wind Speed Maximum wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location Average Wind Speed
Average wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location
Wind Chill
Combination of wind speed and temperature. The gadget does the calculations not me.

Route Map


In two weeks time we'll be a few days into next year, so, before 2014 runs out altogether, I thought I'd try and visit a few places I've wanted to get to recently. Today I chose to a walk to Easedale Tarn. I hadn't been here yet this year so I really enjoyed this outing.

On the walk between the car and the village I look across the fields for a view of Seat Sandal and Stone Arthur.

A very quiet winters day in Grasmere.

It's possible to walk to both of these places from here but Keswick is just too far to reach on a short winters afternoon. So it's up to Easedale Tarn I go.

New Bridge in front of Helm Crag.


Turning around for a view back down to Easedale.

Sourmilk Gill Waterfalls were in fine fettle today.


Looking across to Tarn Crag.

It wasn't half blustery at Easedale Tarn today. The water helps to show this.

I'm glad I wasn't on the seat when that rock landed here. Must have made a heck of a loud noise.

Sunshine on the lower section of Tarn Crag.

Once around the northern side of Brinhowe Crag the view opens up to show Easedale and Grasmere again.


Sourmilk Gill.

A close up of Seat Sandal.

Helm Crag seen above the houses on Easedale Road.

I'm back in Grasmere now and it was still very quiet.
The walk I'd set out to do was over but rather than go home now, I decided to have a walk around the lake as well.


A view down the lake showing Helm Crag, Seat Sandal and Stone Arthur.

Loughrigg Fell.

It was deserted here while I walk by today. It doesn't seem long since the place was busy with families swimming, paddling and generally enjoying the hot sunshine. Never mind, if it's any consolation the days begin to get longer the day after tomorrow.

There was plenty of water pouring over the weir today.

On t'other side of the lake is Silver How.

I pass Grasmere church just after 2:40

David Hall -
Lake District Walks