Blea Tarn trail

Walking trail

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.

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Route map for Blea tarn trail


Blea Tarn National Trust car park, grid ref: NY295043


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


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.


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

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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.


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.

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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 to retrace the path back past the tarn to your car where it's quiet and safe from traffic.

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Blea Tarn National Trust car park, grid ref: NY295043

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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 waterlogging. 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.

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Contact us

Call us on 015394 41456 or email us.

Blea Tarn trail

How to get here

Blea Tarn, Coniston, Cumbria
By road
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
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
Blea Tarn trail

Facilities and access

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