Lake District walks: Easdale Tarn

Easdale Tarn
Easdale Tarn
We do this walk every time we visit the Lake District, and have therefore seen Easdale Tarn in all weathers – and this was not the best: late March, cold and wet. The big advantage is that we can more or less fall out of bed and straight onto the trail from Lancrigg, our favoured Grasmere hotel (and what a bed we had this time!)

The path winds uphill alongside Easdale Beck, with views of Helm Crag to the right and Sourmilk Ghyll ahead.

From the Ghyll, the views back down to Easdale are very pretty.

After climbing 650 feet, the tarn appears, as pictured at the top of this post. From here, there are options. Normally, we cross the beck and go back down the other side, but there had been so much rain that the stepping stones were well under water. In the past we’ve climbed high above the tarn and returned by another route. Rather than tamely go back the way we came, we thought we’d give it a go again and set off along this path:

Before long, the weather took a turn for the worse – horizontal sleet and hail – and we decided to call it a day, turned around and went back the way we came after all. This is what we should have seen – taken in 2010, not much later in the year but in much better conditions:

Never mind! We passed the rest of the afternoon sampling the very good beer in the Lamb in Grasmere before wending our way back to Lancrigg for dinner.

I’m linking this post to Jo’s Monday Walks. Visit her blog to see where she’s taking us this week, and a selection from other walkers too.

26 Comments »

  1. The weather will do what the weather will do, and all we can do is either whine about it or carry on in spite of it, as you did. And look at your reward! Magnificent. Knowing that you could go back and curl up in that lovely four-poster bed must have been quite a nice incentive!

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  2. Love all of those fingers of the river. Beautiful! And wow, that is indeed an amazing bed! 😀

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  3. There’s always a warm pub to hole up in if the worst comes to the worst, isn’t there, Annabel? It’s too long since we had a good tramp about in the Lakes. It’s in there with those ‘to dos’ 🙂 Many thanks for your company and for the link.

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  4. This looks like a lovely walk especially with the water falls and creek. It would not be nice in that weather though-better to have beer

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  5. That’s what I like about many hotels in GB: the gorgeous four-poster beds [http://tinyurl.com/m5kf9gn]. As to the weather: one has to take it as it comes. And you still got some very atmospheric pictures.

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  6. Well, despite the rotten weather no-one can hate that landscape. Lovely photo of the waterfall!
    And II have looked up your hotel – what a find – very good rates too, I might give it a try on our next visit to the Lakes (whenever that might be). Did you have the dinner option? Just wondering if it is worth doing or are there places nearby to eat in?

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    • The hotel is great for me – it is all vegetarian and the food is lovely. There are also lots of nice places to eat (and stay) in the village but it would be quite a walk back in the dark on narrow roads and tracks. Ok if you drove down but neither of us would want to be the designated driver!

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