High views and wild places - Blea Tarn

Duration:Half Day

Blea Tarn sits in a notch in the ridge that separates Great Langdale from Little Langdale. This unique topography gives Blea Tarn the distinction of being a lofty window into two differing mounatin landscapes. For those new to mountains, a walk around Blea Tarn is a must do 'first tick'. The path around the southern and western side of Blea Tarn is part of the 'Miles without Stiles' scheme and has been constructed to facilitate wheelchair and pram access. Beside the tarn, there are plenty of spots for picnics and play so this walk is suitable for all ages.


1a. The all access footpath starts from the car park on the fell road beside Blea Tarn. From here, an out and back route can be followed around the S and W side of the tarn. There are benches for picnics with trees, becks and the tarn shore to be enjoyed.

1b. For those on foot who fancy a longer approach from Great Langdale, a steep path climbs direct to the Blea Tarn road from the western end of the National Trust Camp Site. It joins the road at the top of the pass at a cattle grid, from where a permissive path heads S across the road to Blea Tarn. Once you have finished at the tarn retrace your steps to the camp site.

Further Information

Start/Finish: Old Dungeon Ghyll Car Park (BR NY285060) & Blea Tarn Car Park (GR NY295043)

Distance: 2.8 miles (4.2 km)

Height gain: 225m

Time to complete the walk: 1-3 hours

By Pete Entwistle

Ranger Supervisor - responsible for supervising upland path repairs and maintenance for the National Trust in the Central and Eastern Fells. My interest in the outdoors and walking in the Lakes goes back to spending every weekend as a child walking with my parents up one mountain or another, by the time I was 10 I'd probably been up every mountain in the Lakes. I've also have a keen interest in the environment and spend many hours photographing wildlife.

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How to get here

Old Dungeon Ghyll Car park

Ambleside LA22 9

NY 285 060

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By bus: The Stagecoach 516 service is a direct service from Ambleside to Dungeon Ghyll.

Telephone Traveline: 0871 200 22 33