Blelham Tarn

Blelham Tarn

Southern Lake District

Route: Blelham Tarn from Wray Castle

Area: Southern Lake District

Date of walk: 2nd June 2014

Walkers: Andrew

Distance: 4.7 miles

Weather: overcast with some sunny intervals

I must confess that I’d never heard of Blelham Tarn until I was studying the OS map the night before and noticed its existence, and also that a circular walk could be made around the perimeter. I plotted a route knowing that it was a safe bet that any walk in this area is bound to be a good one

Parking in the area is very limited but as I passed by Wray Castle I spotted that parking is free to National Trust members, so I took a small detour to the castle and left the car there. As soon as I’d done so I realised that the castle is well worth a visit in its own right. I didn’t have time today to do the place justice, so resolved to come back another day. Anyone following this walk is recommended to set aside some extra time for a proper exploration of Wray Castle and its beautiful grounds

I walked through meadows and fields along the side of Blelham Tarn. I suspect the reason why the tarn is so unfrequented is because the paths are a short distance from the tarn, and it’s not possible to walk along the shore. Nevertheless, there are lovely views over it so this didn’t detract from the walk at all. I made my way through the rolling countryside as far as Outgate at which point I turned back to walk above the other side of the tarn, through woodland and fields

It had been a lovely short low level walk and one which I’d happily repeat

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