Hiking to Grisedale Tarn

The English Lakedistrict offers some wonderful hiking. Rarely too hot and generally experiencing all four seasons in one day the greenery and beauty of the area cannot escape anyone who loves to be in the great outdoors. The variety of hikes are enormous with gentle rambles or longer tough hikes and scrambles all being available in abundance.

The Grisdale tarn is found on the slopes of Hellvellyn, inbetween the village of Patterdale and Thirlmere reservoir. If you don’t want to do an in and out route you will need to have 2 cars or a driver to collect you at the other side.

From Patterdale you head up the small road that leads to the West right beside the river. It is a small road which is tarred for about 5km. You will find parking just before the first gate. There is a path up Hellvellyn leaving from here. Don’t follow this path but continue along the lane. It becomes dirt after another couple of km and then quickly becomes a path leading steeply up the slope. The path is clear but rocky and uneven.  After about an hour it crosses a stream and reaches an outward bound hut.

The path leading up the valley

Leaving the hut behind you continue steeply up the valley. At the top you are greeted by the sight of a beautiful small tarn (small mountain lake).

The view of Grisedale Tarn looking back towards Patterdale

 The path to the right of the tarn leads steeply up the slopes of the mountain so it is better to take the left hand path that leads right around the edge of the lake. There are 2 clear routes leading away from the tarn. The first leads you down to Grasmere, the second takes you down to the main road that bypasses  Thirlmere reservoir. Both are steep and follow beautiful little  streams as they tumble down the mountain.

The steep path down

On the trail, even on a bank holiday you will only bump into a couple of other hikers. (and the odd crazy biker) But once you have finished there are an abundance of friendly pubs to relax in in one of the villages nearby.