Easedale Tarn.

Start. Grasmere (St Oswald's Church car park).

Route. Grasmere - Church Street - Easedale Road - Easedale - Sourmilk Gill - Easedale Tarn - Cockly Crag - Far Easedale - Stythwaite Steps - Easedale - Easedale Road - Church Street - Grasmere..

Notes. Easedale Tarn, a gem in a mountain setting, always has been and always will be. So popular in Victorian times they built a track to guide their fell trekking ponies, and a small tea room to service both riders and guides. This track guided me into the hills on this short but spectacular outing above the village of Grasmere. An outing in the company of many waterfalls plunging into deep pools, so white are the waters the beck was christened Sourmilk Gill. Spectacular vistas over Easedale and the Vale of Grasmere accompanied me to Easedale Tarn, a charming body of water nestled in a hollow around the 950ft contour, surrounded by an amphitheatre of cloud capped fells, heaven, not quite but if it was I wouldn't complain.

Today I set out from St Oswald's Church car park, it's small but if you get there early the Lord provides cheep parking, I slipped the required sum into the honesty box before setting out. Via Church Street and Easedale Road I made my way out of the village. On a sharp bend by a small copse in Easedale Road a lichen covered finger-post invited me to Easedale Tarn, I obliged fording a couple of becks. The path shadowed the waters of Easedale Beck before ascending passed the many cataracts and plunge pools of Sourmilk Gill, the gill was to be my companion all the way to Easedale Tarn.

Easedale Tarn was it's normal delectable self even with low cloud shrouding the surrounding fells. I took some snaps, drank in the atmosphere before fording the stream to access a narrow path that would guide me into Far Easedale. This path crosses lots of boggy ground, stepping stones aided my traverse. I soon found myself descending to Stythwaite Steps, a foot-bridge that replaced a set of stepping stones. Once across the bridge I swung right letting the waters of Far Easedale Gill guide me back into Easedale and the tarmac of Easedale Road.

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Rising above the Vale of Grasmere, kissed by cloud Heron Pike.

Greathhead Crag above the white waters of Sourmilk Gill, under cloud to the left Tarn Crag.

The green fields of Easedale looking to the slopes of Heron Pike and Nab Scar.

Ascending in the company of Sourmilk Gill with this wonderful view behind me, sunburst over Heron Pike and Nab Scar with the steep slopes of Helm Crag to the left.

One of the many cataracts of Sourmilk Gill.

Breathtaking views over Easedale and the Vale of Grasmere.

Gain a little more height and the crags bordering the eastern edge of Far Easedale tilt into view, Moment Crag and Horn Crag.

Viewing Cockly Crag and the Greathead Crag ridge from the trod to Easedale Tarn.

A gem in a mountain setting, Easedale Tarn.

Under a grey curtain of cloud, seen from the outflow of Easedale Tarn, Heron Pike and Nab Scar.

Fording the beck, looking to cloud capped Tarn Crag with Eagle Crag and Blea Crag to the left also capped by cloud.

Tarn Crag in double, you can see why this little tarn in the hills above Grasmere was and is so popular.

Early morning views over Easedale Tarn.

Erratic boulder passed on the descent into Far Easedale.

The crystal clear waters of another Lakeland stream, Far Easedale Gill.

Sourmilk Gill in a never ending hurry to reach lower pastures.

Seen from the banks of Easedale Beck a distant Sourmilk Gill.

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