Easedale Tarn, Codale Tarn and Tarn Crag

Name of walk Easedale Tarn, Codale Tarn and Tarn Crag
Date of walk 2012-10-19
Distance walked (miles) 8
Duration of walk 7 hours 0 minutes
Weather Mist
Peaks on walk Tarn Crag
Walked with Brendan
Parking Lay-by outside Grasmere
On Friday Brendan and I drove to Grasmere to walk up to Easedale Tarn, then up to Codale Tarn, climb up to Tarn Crag (1801ft) and walk back along the ridge.

It didn`t work out quite as planned!

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The mist was way down today, but was due to get better as the day went on. Looking out to Helm Crag from the path leading from opposite the lay-by to round the back of the church.

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Sour Milk Gill ahead.

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We take the path up on the left of the gill.

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A lot of water today!

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Mist all around the surrounding fells.

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A pity it wasn`t swimming weather!

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Looking back down the gill.

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Easedale Tarn in panorama. We were heading up the valley on the left, up into the mist!

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Reasonable reflections today.

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The colours show that autumn is here.

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Heading up beside the gill. It was quite slippery in places. Glad we are going up, not down!

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Beside the gill, trying to avoid the slippery rock.

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View back down to Easedale Tarn.

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On our way up we met Bob from Blackpool. He had never been here before so he tagged along with us to Codale Tarn for safety.

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I had never been to Codale Tarn before, I had just looked down on it from the ridge. It is lovely and isolated!

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No view up to Blea Rigg or the Langdale Pikes today.

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We headed up the wet and grassy hillside towards Tarn Crag summit. I had just told Bob to keep and eye out for deer when we came across some in the mist.

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The mist cleared slightly for a few seconds and we could see there were three females.

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We were now on Tarn Crag but in the mist could not find the track to take you between the crags and safely down the ridge. This section is bad enough to navigate in perfect visibility, Ged and I have always needed to walk about a bit to find it! After a few dead end sorties to steep crags we came across the track that leads into the Far Easedale Valley, and decided to make our way down via this route. Once we had lost some height we finally had a view!! We stopped here for lunch. Now he could see his way Bob decided to keep on going, so we said our goodbyes. Bob ahead, Tarn Crag ridge on the right.

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Gibson Knott and Helm Crag on the left. As you can see this route is the LONG WAY down!!!!!!!

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Brendan coming down.

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Looking back up. Calf Crag on the right.

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Getting near Helm Crag but still some way to go!

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Taken from Stythwaite Bridge.

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Stythwaite Bridge looking back up the start of Far Easedale.

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Brimmer Head Farm.

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Lancrigg Country House Hotel on the left with Great Rigg and Stone Arthur behind. Typical! We now had blue skies and Tarn Crag was out of the mist....Grrrrrrrr!

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Looking back to Helm Crag.

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We walked back through Grasmere. Seat Sandal and Stone Arthur in sunshine.

Our walk with detour was about 8.5 miles. The original walk would have been 7 miles. It took us seven hours. It should have taken us about five at the most!
I must repeat this walk on a good day! We missed all the good view out to the Langdales etc. but at least I got to walk down Far Easedale which I have never done before.
Jo.
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