4.1 of 5 (28 votes)

A lakeland stroll to Easedale Tarn

A leisurely walk (low hills and fells (below 600m)) in national park Lake District in Cumbria, England, about 6.20km (3.85 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 2:15h. It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 207m (679ft)
Descent 198m (649ft)
Max. Elevation 280m (918ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 405m (1328ft)
Start & End
Distance 6.20km
Duration ~2:15h
Car Free Walks TeamCreated by Timwoods on 17 Sep 2007
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.

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Start the walk in Grasmere, one of the Lake District's most pleasant villages. Follow Easedale Road, heading northwest out of the village.
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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.
About 1.28 km (~0.8 miles) from
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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!
About 1.28 km (~0.8 miles) from
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No doubt about it - it's one of the finest spots in the Lakes. Follow the path the way you came back to Grasmere.
About 0.96 km (~0.6 miles) from
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Catch the bus home, have a cup of tea, or head for the campsite - and enjoy a little more 'downtime' in the Lakes!
About 2.57 km (~1.6 miles) from

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