Blea Rigg Circular Walk

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12.7 km
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702 m
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Blea Rigg Circular Walk

The Blea Rigg Circular Walk is an intermediate-length adventure that will take you from the village of Grasmere to summit several rugged peaks. While out on the trail, you will walk along the edge of Grasmere Lake before climbing up the steep hillside to the summits of Swinescar Pikle and Blea Rigg for some amazing views. The return leg of the journey past Easedale Tarn is one of the most scenic locales in the Lake DIstrict, making this walk a great option if you find yourself in the vicinity of Grasmere.

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Route Description for Blea Rigg Circular Walk

Although the route can be a bit challenging in certain places, the Blea Rigg Circular Walk is a fantastic adventure that will expose you to some of the most scenic views that Lakeland has to offer. Setting out from the car park in the village of Grasmere, the trail will first skirt around the edge of Grasmere Lake before climbing up the steep slopes of Silver How. Here, the trail will turn to the northwest and pass by Lang How Tarn before traversing the summits of Swinescar Pike and Blea Rigg. This portion of the walk will produce some beautiful views overlooking the Great Langdale Valley before turning to the east to descend the hillside on the way to Easedale Tarn. From here, the return leg of the walk will pass through some beautifully scenic landscapes, as you pass by Easedale Tarn and Helm Crag on the way back to Grasmere where you began the walk.

Getting to the Blea Rigg Circular Walk Trailhead

To reach the car park for the Blea Rigg Circular Walk from Ambleside, make your way north on Rydal Road for 5.6 km and take the first exit at the roundabout onto Stock Lane. Follow this for 0.5 km and turn left onto Red Bank, where you will find the car park on the left in 113 m.

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    Yes - On Leash

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    Older Children only

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