|Name of walk||Alcock Tarn, Rydal Water and Grasmere|
|Date of walk||2012-02-14|
Yesterday Brendan and I went to Ambleside to do some shopping in the morning and then drove to Grasmere to walk up to Alcock Tarn and around Rydal Water and Grasmere in the afternoon. The forecast was for rain in the morning and gales on the fells, so we chose a low easy walk. Alcock Tarn is 1400ft high, so this walk is not exactly low-level.
We parked in the lay-by north of The Swan Inn. Heading up Greenup Gill.
The Thirlmere aquaduct to the right. The lay-by in the valley. Helm Crag behind. It had rained overnight which had washed away much of the snow.
Looking towards the Coniston Fells. Grasmere below.
As we gained height it was getting windy. Glad I`m here and not over there!
A snow capped Stone Arthur behind.
A frozen Alcock Tarn looking south.
Looking north with Stone Arthur on the right.
A panorama from the view point.
We head down and come across a heron (4ft left of tree).
White Moss Tarn as we take The Coffin Route to Rydal....ice and slush all the way!
Looking over Rydal Water to Loughrigg Fell from the Coffin Route.
Rydal Mount, William Wordsworth's former home.
Now on the otherside walking back towards Grasmere..
Looking up to Nab Scar.
Approaching the weir on Grasmere.
A young swan on the weir.
Helm Crag ahead.
Helm Crag, Steel fell, Dunmail Raise and Seat Sandal.
Looking back up to the dip that hides Alcock Tarn.
We head back up to the road for the long walk back through Grasmere to the car.
The walk took us four hours and ten minutes and is just under eight miles long. An easy walk, but would be even easier without all the slush!