A circular, stroll-(1-2-hours) low hills and fells (below 600m) walk in national park Lake District (England) starting at Grasmere, Cumbria, about 8km (roughly 5 miles) long and unsuitable for families with children, prams/pushchairs, wheelchairs. This is one of several pleasant short walks from the Lake District village of Grasmere. The route heads up alongside a waterfall and circles the picturesque Easedale tarn - perfect for taking a picnic. The land around Easedale, like much of the Lakes, is managed by the National Trust. It's a walk for the more easy-going walker - enjoying the scenery without having to stray too far from the teashops! And there's nothing wrong with that. Start: Grasmere, OS Grid: NY335075 Elevation Profile (x: waypoint number, y: metres) Start: Grasmere, OS Grid: NY335075 Elevation Profile (x: waypoint number, y: metres)
Gain (+/- 10%): 271m (890ft)
Total (+/- 10%): 533m (1748ft)
Loss (+/- 10%): 261m (858ft)
Max. Elevation: 280m (918ft)
Start the walk in Grasmere, one of the Lake District's most pleasant villages. Follow Easedale Road, heading northwest out of the village.
At the junction, take the right-hand fork which follows the bridleway. This takes you alongside Sourmilk Gill, which is spectacular when the water is up.
You can walk around the tarn, or cut straight across to pick up the path the other side of the Sourmilk Gill stream. This takes you to the higher ground above the tarn, via the Stythwaite Steps. For a longer walk, you can follow the path round to High Raise, or just come back down again!
No doubt about it - it's one of the finest spots in the Lakes. Follow the path the way you came back to Grasmere.
Catch the bus home, have a cup of tea, or head for the campsite - and enjoy a little more 'downtime' in the Lakes!