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Bleaberry Tarn above Buttermere

Hardly more than 2.0km (1.2 miles) from the village of Buttermere in the Western Lake District lies a tarn set high in the shadow of some of the finest peaks in all of Lakeland. This is Bleaberry Tarn. Its outfall cascades over the rocks of Sour Milk Gill which can be seen from both the path and from the village.

The path to the tarn is steep but having been stone pitched almost the entire way it has no difficulties bar the effort to climb its long staircase.

Whilst there is quite a bit of parking available in Buttermere on summer weekends it gets busy early. On the outskirts is the National Trust car park and in the centre of the village behind the dog friendly Bridge Hotel is the Lake District National Park Authority car park. Also there are some spaces on the verge above the Newlands Pass road junction.

NOTE: The bridge over Buttermere Dubs near the start of the walk has been removed. Please follow the signed diversion. This adds approximately 1.2km (0.7 miles) to the walk.