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Winter on the Blea Tarn trail | © National Trust Images/James Dobson
Lake District

Blea Tarn trail

Everyone can get out into the fells safely on this gentle out-and-back trail. Enjoy brilliant mountain views of the Langdale Pikes and other surrounding peaks, framed by the peaceful tarn – and all without the big climbs and rocky scrambles.

Road traffic

Please take care when you cross the road between the car park and the trail. It's possible to make a circular route by returning along the road from the Great Langdale viewpoint, but we recommend retracing your steps to enjoy your walk traffic-free.

Total steps: 6

Total steps: 6

Start point

Blea Tarn National Trust car park, grid ref: NY295043

Step 1

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

Step 2

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

View of a lake with pine trees on one side, lit by golden autumn sun, with large mountain peaks rising behind
The Langdale Pikes are perfectly framed by Blea Tarn | © National Trust Images/David Sellman

Step 3

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

A group of walkers wearing coats and woolly hats cross a wooden footbridge
The footbridge over the outflow of Blea Tarn | © National Trust Images/James Dobson

Step 4

The route then goes through a 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 your surroundings.

Step 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.

Step 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 recommend you retrace the path back past the tarn to your car, where it's quiet and free from traffic.

End point

Blea Tarn National Trust car park, grid ref: NY295043

Trail map

Ordnance Survey map of the Blea Tarn trail route
Map of the Blea Tarn trail | © Crown copyright and database rights 2013 Ordnance Survey

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