Easedale Tarn

There's nothing quite like sitting beside a gently burbling river, or a tarn eating your lunch. Easedale Tarn in its glacial corrie situated high in the upper valley of Easedale is over-shadowed to the north by the dark, atmospheric Slapestone Edge and Tarn Crag (Easedale). To the south is the long ridge of Blea Rigg. You might think it would be sheltered but we've found the wind can whip across the tarn keeping summer insects at bay a little too well. During Victorian times it was even more popular than it is today. A refreshment hut used to ply a good trade but little remains now just a few scattered stones.

The tarn is apparently 21m (23 yards) deep, its outfall called Sour Milk Gill on the OS 25K map or Sourmilk Gill on the OS 50K map tumbles down some lovely waterfalls which are situated right beside the path.

There are a number of pay-and-display car parks dotted around the popular village of Grasmere where you start this walk. Broadgate, at the north end, and Stock Lane at the southern approach.