Alcock Tarn

Alcock Tarn

Route: Alcock Tarn

Area: Central Lake District

Date of walk: 26th October 2018

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 4.0 miles

Ascent: 1,100 feet

Weather: Overcast with rain early on, clearing to sunshine – and a rainbow. Icy winds

I enjoy visiting the tarns of the Lake District almost as much as the fells, and one that has escaped my attention so far is Alcock Tarn, which lies to the east of Grasmere. With only a morning to spare it would make an ideal candidate for today’s walk

We parked in the Stock Lane car park at the edge of Grasmere village, having made an early start in order to avoid the hordes of tourists who descend on Grasmere. After crossing the main A591 road we turned off along a minor road and walked past Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum. Further uphill we passed by some attractive old farm buildings and followed a sign indicating Alcock Tarn. We continued to ascend along a footpath through woodland which eventually emerged onto open fellside with some good views of Grasmere village and its lake

The weather had been rather dull and uninspiring up to this point, and it took a turn for the worse when a heavy rain shower blew in, borne on icy cold winds, and this caused me to stow the camera away. It appeared to be the clearing shower however and the camera was soon back in action when blue skies appeared as we reached Grey Crag, and a glorious rainbow arched over the valley to the north of Grasmere 

We carried on along the undulating ridge, enjoying some lovely views as we did so, before reaching Alcock Tarn. We followed a path beside the shore of the tarn and passed by Butter Crag. Just beyond here the ridge ends and the descent starts. The direction of travel is obvious and we followed a fairly steep rocky path down to the valley, reaching the main road beside the Swan Hotel. We followed the road for a short distance and at the second of two public footpath signs we walked through the fields to Grasmere and the end of a great little walk

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