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Back of Thirlmere

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  • Visit hidden Harrop Tarn
  • Lakeside path along the shores of Thirlmere
  • Quiet and peaceful at any time of the year


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I had never been tempted to walk on the quiet west side of Thirlmere, it has always looked a bit bleak and dark from the road whilst the ridge above (which I have walked along) is boggy and largely uninteresting. How wrong I was. It was almost by mistake we headed there one sunny day and discovered a pleasant walk through the woods up to and then beyond Harrop Tarn. The climb to the tarn is steep but there is a pleasant waterfall and a narrow gorge which diverts the attention with teasing views of the lake through the trees – similar in many ways to the climb up Barf above Bassenthwaite. The shoreline of Thirlmere however is more pleasant than Bassenthwaite and walking through the woods is a peaceful and pleasant experience. The motto of this walk is ‘do not ignore any of our wild lands!,

At the present time (early 2015) United Utilities are considering fencing off large part of this area in order to protect th lake from eroded peat from sheep, it all seems very extreme to me and I hope is not one of the first of many restrictions that beset the National Park. The selling off of National Park land being another concern.

Recommend: Park at Steel End and enjoy the lakeside path to Dobgill car park rather than tackling the slopes direct.

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL5 English Lakes North EasternBuy Map
Start Point: NY 320130. Steel End Car Park and then take the pleasant path to the lakeside
Height to Climb: 193 ms (633 feet)
Terrain: A steep climb to the forest track at Harrop Tarn and the rest is via a lakeside path or forest track.
Eating & Drinking: There is nowhere to eat and drink around Thirlmere - Grasmere is probably nearest
Similar Walks Nearby: A walk over High Rigg nr Thirlmere
Short climb up the Lion & the Lamb
Following the shores of Thirlmere
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