Blea Tarn walk, Coniston

Blea Tarn, Coniston, Cumbria

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Take a photograph as a memento of your day at this beautiful spot © John Atkinson

Take a photograph as a memento of your day at this beautiful spot

Turn around and take a moment to savour the view back towards the tarn © John Atkinson

Turn around and take a moment to savour the view back towards the tarn

A spectacular backdrop to your walk © John Atkinson

A spectacular backdrop to your walk

Route overview

This walk offers a great opportunity for all to get out into the fells safely, while enjoying brilliant views of Lingmoor and Pike of Blisco and other surrounding Langdale fells. It is a short, sedate walk, perfect for all seasons.

Route details

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Coniston - Blea Tarn walk map, Cumbria
  • Directions
  • Route
  • Bus stop
  • Parking
  • Toilet
  • Viewpoint

Start: Blea Tarn National Trust car park, grid ref: NY295043

  1. Carefully cross the road from the Blea Tarn car park and go through the gate opposite.

  2. Follow the path steadily down towards the tarn, heading through the second gate. Blea Tarn is one of the most spectacular of the many Lakeland tarns with magnificent views in both directions. Kevin Fairclough, National Trust Ranger.

  3. The path drops down to the tarn's outflow, where you will cross a footbridge and take the path on the right.

    Show/HideBlea Tarn

    Blea Tarn has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest. The mountain pools sediment has not been disturbed since the last Ice Age, providing valuable research. The tarn is a photographers dream. The famous Langdale Pikes can be viewed across the tarn, while the shores are awash with alpine flowers in the spring and summer. From the tarn looking south, you are presented with a framed view between Lingmoor Fell and Pike of Blisco, looking out over Little Langdale and toward Birk Fell, Wetherlam and the Furness Fells.

    Take a photograph as a memento of your day at this beautiful spot © John Atkinson
  4. The route then goes through the wooded area with benches to stop and take in the views. There are numerous seating areas along the walk, where you can take time to sit and appreciate the surroundings.

  5. Follow the path out of the wood, through a gate and onto the open fell where you must follow the main path steadily uphill. This leads you to breathtaking views of the Langdale valley.

    Show/HideViews over Little Langdale

    The view south, back towards the tarn, takes in the Little Langdale Valley and the Coniston Fells.

    Turn around and take a moment to savour the view back towards the tarn © John Atkinson
  6. Go through the gate to reach the views of Great Langdale. From this final point you have two options: you may walk back along the Blea Tarn road to your car, but we advise you retrace the path back past the tarn to your car where it is quiet and safe from traffic.

    Show/HideViews of Great Langdale

    The view north from the road pass into Great Langdale forms a spectacular backdrop to the sweeping valley below. It is also a popular place to stop for a picnic.

    A spectacular backdrop to your walk © John Atkinson

End: Blea Tarn National Trust car park, grid ref: NY295043

  • Trail: Walking
  • Grade: Easy
  • Distance: 1.8 miles (3km)
  • Time: 1 hour to 2 hours
  • OS Map: Landranger 89, 90, Explorer OL6
  • Terrain:

    The path is made up of compacted stone, providing a reasonably level walking surface which undulates up and down small gradients, making it suitable for all abilities. In bad weather boots are a must, in case of mud or water logging. Dogs welcome under close control, but please do not allow your dog to foul on paths and around picnic areas. Many areas on this route are grazed so please keep dogs on leads.

  • How to get here:

    By foot: From Elterwater, follow paths to Howe Banks and continue on the path, skirting round the bottom of Busk Pike to meet with the Blea Tarn Road

    By bus: Langdale Rambler service 516, nearest stop is at the Old Dungeon Ghyll

    By car: From Coniston follow the A593 and turn left before the B5343. From Ambleside follow the A593 and turn right after the B5343 heading for Little Langdale. Where the road splits after Little Langdale Tarn, turn right on to the Blea Tarn road

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