Saturday, 1 June 2013

One day, two walks - Easedale Tarn and Helm Crag

Easedale Tarn
Me n himself went out to buy a van for his business, and came back with a "Motorhome".  (A Ford Transit conversion that's been called campervan, trampervan, transformer and van since we got it.  Maybe we should give it a proper name?)  I wasn't gonna let him have first go at an overnighter on his own, (naturally),  so I joined him on the campervan's maiden trip out to a weekend workshop in Grasmere.

I say joined, what I really mean is got in his way a bit - but not for too long.  Whilst he showed a class of thirteen how to put paint and paper together to create something wonderful,  I went out for an easy walk.  It had to be easy, cos I was saving meself  for the evening, so I took a wander up Easedale Tarn.

I'll just say at this point that the Grasmere area seems to be right smack at the point where all four of the main Lake District OS maps sort of meet, and it would be quite possible that you would need all four if you planned a circular walk in the area.  I only had two, so the circular walk was out of the question.  It also meant I could only go so far east before I fell of the edge of the ones I had.

The path to Easedale Tarn from Grasmere is wide, easy to follow and very popular, especially on a day like today.  Here are the photographs:

Sourmilk Gill Waterfall ahead
A closer view.  This is from the East side of the waterfall  
Easedale Tarn
I took my time, but it wasn't long before I got to the Tarn, I ate an early lunch, watched the walkers go by and a pair of ducks wander around hoping to be fed by whoever happened to have food.  There were groups of people swimming, and I watched them splash and scream for a while.  It was far too early to start making my way back and I looked at the surrounding paths, trying to work out how much further I could go.  I started to walk up towards Blea Rigg, but as I said earlier, my map ran out and my GPS isn't the best thing to use to plan a route, not only that I wasn't supposed to tire meself out. (I promised Peter). So I turned round to start the walk back to Grasmere.  I didn't want to take the same route back though, so I first crossed over to the West side of Sourmilk Gill, and then (because the main path was going the wrong way), followed a sheep's path along the side of the Gill back down to Easedale.  This was a little more fun than the way up, and involved a tiny bit of scrambling. 
Sourmilk Gill Waterfall from the bottom. 
Just couldn't resist this picture.  Herdwick lambs are so cute. 
I managed to stretch this out a bit, but I still had plenty of time.  A little potter round Grasmere, a coffee and a short nap filled the in the time until Peter managed to wave the last student off and it was time for us to get together for the evening's exercise.  It has become traditional for Peter to walk up Helm Crag before the evening meal every time he runs a workshop in Grasmere, and today was no exception. 

We set off just a little before 6pm.  The evening light was wonderful, and here are a few more photo's:
Not at the top yet.  Looking over Grasmere from just above High Raven Crag
Looking down on the Pass of Dunmail Raise from the top of Helm Crag.  To the left is The Howitzer, the highest point of the Crag.  Normally Peter climbs it.  Not today though, because I nearly have a heart attack when I watch him do it. 
On our way down
The silver ribbon of Easedale Beck under the evening sun. 
Long shadows over the hills
And then we were back in Grasmere, for a well earned pint in Tweedy's Bar before go back to the van for supper and our first night's sleep within.  (Very comfortable by the way).

About 9 miles and 2000 ft of up (including all the wandering about).   Here are a couple of maps:
A short walk to Easedale Tarn

And a short walk up Helm Crag    >>

Tomorrow I have something a little bit higher and further planned.  


  1. Excellent and what weather! Only been near to that area the once and didn't go up Helm Crag, looks really nice :-)

  2. Glorious pics. I really have a lot of exploring to do in the Lakes. You must tell me your secret to buying vans. Last time I went out to buy a van I only came back with a van, and a small one at that.

  3. Sounds grand! I love a pint in Tweedie's too!

  4. Ooh, happy new van!
    I've got a titchy caravan but it hasn't the advantage of being able to park up almost anywhere - I need a 'proper' campsite. Even so, I manage to get to some pleasantly remote areas for a wander.
    Enjoy your new toy!

  5. Lovely set of photos Tracey, especially the Helm Crag one. I know what you mean about Grasmere and the OS maps btw, it can be a pain sometimes when planning a walk.