Grasmere / Far Easedale

  • Across Grisedale Tarn toward Patterdale - © William Mackesy
  • Greenup Edge top - © William Mackesy
  • Easedale and Grasmere - © William Mackesy
  • Across Easedale - © William Mackesy
  • Easedale and Grasmere - © William Mackesy
  • Upper Easedale - © William Mackesy
  • Easedale and Grasmere - © William Mackesy
  • Field patterns, Easedale - © William Mackesy
  • Bright grasses - © William Mackesy
  • Easedale tarn, Langdales behind - © William Mackesy
  • Wood below Helm Crag - © William Mackesy
  • Grasmere - © William Mackesy
  • Up Tongue Gill - © William Mackesy
  • Across Tongue Gill, good colours - © William Mackesy
  • UpTongue Gill, good light, Seat Saddle to left - © William Mackesy
  • Back down Tongue Gill - © William Mackesy
  • Across Tongue Gill, good colours - © William Mackesy
  • back downTongue Gill, - © William Mackesy
  • Near Hause Gap - © William Mackesy
  • Grisedale Tarn - © William Mackesy
  • Around Grasmere  - © Patrick Lynch flickr user
  • Around Grasmere  - © Patrick Lynch flickr user
  • Around Grasmere  - © Patrick Lynch flickr user
  • Cloudscape and Landscape - ©  Andrew flickr user
  • Coming down Far Easdale  - © Andrew Bowden flickr user
  • Cow and Calf Rocks, Ilkley - © Tim Green flickr user
  • Cow and Calf  - © Tim Green flickr user
  • Far Easedale  - © Andrew Bowden flickr user
  • Far Easedale Gill  - © Andrew Bowden flickr user
  • Grasmere  - © Colin Houston flickr user
  • Grasmere Mini  - © OzzY flickr user
  • Helm Crag - © Andy Lamb flickr user
  • Helm Crag  - © Andy Lamb flickr user
  • Helm Crag  - © Andy Lamb flickr user
  • Across Grisedale Tarn to Hause Gap - © William Mackesy
  • The route down to Far Easedale  - © Andrew Bowden flickr user
  • Walk to Helm Crag  - © Ed Webster flickr user
  • Walk to Helm Crag  - © Ed Webster flickr user
  • Walk to Helm Crag  - © Ed Webster flickr user

Key information: Grasmere / Far Easedale

    • Grasmere is one of Lakeland’s best walking bases, despite the throngs of Wordsworth tourists.
    • Far Easedale, one of Lakeland’s loveliest valleys lies to the west, between superb and very walkable ridges.
    • The Helvellyn Massif lies to the north-east. A fine walk will get you up Tongue Gill to Grisedale Tarn on the high pass between Grasmere and Patterdale.

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  • Length: Variable
  • Maximum Altitude: 500m or so
  • Level of Difficulty: Strenuous
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Easedale and Grasmere - © William Mackesy

WALK SUMMARY

Grasmere is one of Lakeland’s best walking bases, despite the throngs of Wordsworth tourists.

Far Easedale, one of Lakeland’s loveliest valleys, lies to the west, between superb and very walkable ridges.

Helm Crag to the north, directly above Grasmere, can be climbed from the village in less than 2 hours round trip. But the ridge it is on is too good to miss, 2hours + of up and down, sporting a host of superb views, round to Calf Crag at the valley head.

The Tarn Crag ridge to the south of Easedale is also superb. To its south is Easedale Tarn in a fine bowl of rough ridges: a 2 hr return walk from Grasmere.

A perfect walk is to walk up Easedale to its head, then swing north and return on the high ridge. A gorgeous 4 hour (ish) circuit.

Easy and pretty walk around Grasmere.

The Helvellyn Massif lies to the north-east. A fine walk will get you up Tongue Gill to Grisedale Tarn on the high pass between Grasmere and Patterdale. From here you can climb Dollywagon Pike and head on to Helvellyn; or Fairfield to the east and on to St. Sunday Crag or Great Rigg.

See our Lake District page for further photos and general and practical information.

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Field patterns, Easedale - © William Mackesy

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Easedale tarn, Langdales behind - © William Mackesy...
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