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Miles Without Stiles 12: Blea Tarn


Route type: For all / for some. This path provides a real upland experience and amazing views of the Langdale Pikes OS Explorer Map OL6

Distance: 1.5 km or 0.9 miles for all, 3 km or 1.8 miles for some

Start point: National Trust car park - grid ref. NY 295043

Turning points: For all, gate out of wood - grid ref. NY 291044

For some, Blea Tarn road - grid ref. NY 289051

Facilities: None on route

Getting there: Bus: None to the start of the route. The nearest bus stop is at the Old Dungeon Ghyll for the 516 Langdale Rambler service. Car: B5343 through the Langdale valley. A sharp, left hand bend after the Old Dungeon Ghyll signals the start of the steep 1:4 climb up to Blea Tarn.

The start of this route from the car park down to the footbridge has suffered water damage. There are ruts and loose stone on the path surface which could make some sections awkward to walk on.


Cross the road from the car park and go through the gate opposite. Follow the good, compacted stone path towards the tarn. You are in the heart of the dramatic central Lakeland fells, with Lingmoor Fell on the right and the crags of Pike o' Blisco framing the famous Langdale Pikes. For views alone, this is a route to keep for good weather.

The path drops down to the tarn's outflow and crosses it by a wooden footbridge. Bear uphill and right, into the small woodland of larch, Scots pine and silver birch. There are benches along this section to rest and picnic.

The end of the route for all is where the path leaves the woodland. From here, a section created by the Fix the Fells programme (opens in new window) - winds through open fell side back to Blea Tarn road, north of the tarn. Although a repaired path, this is still an undulating route with short gradients over 1:10 and a rough and rocky surface.


Map - Blea Tarn route