Grisedale Tarn

Grisedale Tarn (from Glenridding)

Lake District – North East

Route: Glenridding main car park – Patterdale – “Lane to GRISEDALE”

Distance: 9.5 miles Ascent: 449m Time: 4 hours

OS Map: OL5 The English Lakes, North-eastern area

Parking / Start Point: Glenridding main car park

The original plan was to head up over Dollywaggon Pike from Grisedale Tarn and then to Helvellyn, returning to Glenridding via Whiteside. But, the weather conspired against this, with thick clag probably 150 metres above the Tarn, so I decided to re-trace my steps back. A good walk nonetheless.

From the car park, head towards Patterdale, turning right by the “Lane to GRISEDALE” sign. Follow this lane. It gradually peters out to become a footpath.

There are fabulous views all-round, with Birkhouse Moor (and the Hole-in-the-Wall) to the right and St Sunday Crag to the left. The occasional glance behind reveals panoramic views of Grisedale.

The lane to Grisedale
Grisedale valley comes into view
Tarmac replaced by gravel
Continuing on, the the lane becomes a path, with Eagle Crag to the right
Looking up through the trees towards the Hole-in-the-Wall, obscured by cloud
Cofa Pike with Fairfield behind
Dollywaggon Pike
A glance back down Grisedale
Ruthwaite Lodge climbing hut
Ruthwaite Cove
Falcon Crag (I think!)
Looking across at Cofa Pike, with the sun doing its best
Grisedale Tarn comes into view
… and about-turn!

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