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

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. I was only partially correct. 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 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 is more pleasant than Bassenthwaite and walking through the woods is a peaceful and pleasant experience. 

At the present time (late 2017) Thirlmere is the centre of a ‘conservation’ controversy with the proposed building of zip wires over the lake. My belief is that it may well be a good option in a quiet part of the county, my concern is more economic with little benefit to the local communit, poor paid jobs and ‘outside’ ownership. 

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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