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Easedale Tarn from Grasmere

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  • A beautifully sculptured tarn
  • Clear paths throughout
  • Easy access from Grasmere


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Dorothy Wordsworth referred to Easedale Tarn as ‘the Black Quarter’ due to its imposing appearance and full ring of fells. She may have a point but the Victorians enjoyed it none the less and so did we when we tramped up on a hot summer’s day over 100 years later. In fact Easedale Tarn proves that you do not have to gain a summit to enjoy true lakeland scenery. Despite being situated in the centre of the Lake District the tarn is still peaceful and largely uncrowded, certainly when compared to the chaos encountered at the start of the walk.

Easedale Tarn is set in a hanging valley, scoured by the retreating glacier roughly 20,000 years ago and has left an excellent selection of picnic spots. Charlotte insisted in exploring one spot, a boulder sat on the water’s edge 12 foot high. It is also worth extending the walk slightly by varying the return route and we certainly enjoyed the upper areas on Far Easedale Gill.

Recommend: A visit to the bookshop in Grasmere. My mother used to take me 30 years ago and it is still a good browse

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. The English Lakes South East Buy Map
Start Point: NY 335073. Car parking can be difficult in High Season in Grasmere Route finding is straightforward by starting down the road opposite the bookshop
Height to Climb: 225 ms (738 feet)
Terrain: Good bridleways throughout unless you try and go round the tarn - that will be wet.
Eating & Drinking: There used to be a hut at Easedale Tarn but not now, stick to a picnic or the joys of a multitude of tea shops in Grasmere
Similar Walks Nearby: Following the Footsteps of Wordsworth
The Lion & the Lamb
A walk around Elterwater
Places to Stay: Goody Bridge Cottages, Grasmere