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.

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26 thoughts on “Lake District walks: Easdale Tarn

  1. Sartenada February 17, 2017 / 11:07

    What a gorgeous walk. Landscapes are charming and inspiring. Some sceneries of Your photos could be from our northern part called Lapland due to similarities. The name Lake District is unknown to me, but in Finland, we have the area called Lakeland. There are many huge lakes on which cruises onboard of old historic steams ships are popular, especially in midsummer, when nights on this area are nearly white nights.

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    • Anabel Marsh February 17, 2017 / 11:28

      Our Lake District is quite small and compact but the larger lakes have cruises too. It’s one of my favourite bits of England. I’m going out now, but I look forward to visiting your blog and finding out where you have been!

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      • Sartenada February 17, 2017 / 11:32

        You are welcome to find surprises. Read my About-page to start. Thank you. Your blog is high quality blog!

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  2. Lucid Gypsy June 1, 2015 / 12:18

    It’s beautiful, like my Dartmoor but with higher hills 🙂 It’s much too damp for me and my arthritic joints though!

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