Local Walks 6- Easedale Tarn

This walk takes in a beautiful tarn and lots of gorgeous Lakeland scenery. Leave about 2 hours to do the whole walk (and a further two if you plan to continue onto Stickle Tarn). This walk contains some steep sections and an element of scrambling over rocks- make sure to read the safety information on walking in the lakes provided by the national park here and please do not do this if you are not confident in fell walking and map reading.

You can park in Grasmere or get the open top 599. Find bus timetables here.

Get the 599 from Bowness Pier to Grasmere village. You should be able to see Lucia’s coffee and bakehouse once you’ve got off (good stop for a cake!) and Sam Read’s Booksellers. Opposite these you will see a sign to ‘Easedale Tarn’. Follow this, heading up Easedale Road for about 10 minutes until you reach a little footbridge on your left. Cross the stream and follow the path along through some trees. The stream will remain on your right. Follow this path as it climbs up the hill, all the way up until you reach Easedale Tarn. This should take you about an hour.

Once you reach Easedale Tarn you can continue on up a little to get higher; it is even possible to carry on the walk to reach Stickle Tarn in the Langdales if you feel confident with some scrambling. Alternatively, head back down to Grasmere and return home. Don’t forget to taste some of the famous Grasmere Gingerbread before you leave!

If you are continuing on, carry on up the path and you will see a smaller tarn- Codale Tarn-to your right. Shortly after this, the path becomes a scramble as you clamber over the rocks. After this, you will come out onto the tops of the fells. Follow the path along for about 5 minutes before coming off the path, to the left. Walk across the fell and you will come out at the edge of Stickle Tarn. The views up here are fantastic! You will need a map for this section so please don’t attempt it if you are not confident with map reading.

Follow the path along the edge of the tarn and you will come round to the front of the tarn where you will be able to see Stickle Ghyll and the path down.

Follow the path down- it is quite steep and there are a few short scrambles in places. Once you reach the bottom, you’ll be at Sticklebarn pub- a National trust ran pub, which generates it’s electricity from the waterfall! Have a well deserved drink in the pub and then get the 516 back to Windermere train station, from there you can either walk back to the hotel, or if you want to rest your legs, get the 599 down to Bowness pier! If you don’t want to carry on to Stickle Tarn, retrace your footsteps down the way you came and get the 599 back to Bowness.

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