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    Heron Pike & Alcock Tarn Circular Walk

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    7.9 km
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    636 m
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    Heron Pike & Alcock Tarn Circular Walk

    The Heron Pike & Alcock Tarn Circular Walk is a tough route that will take you through some varied terrain set in one of the most picturesque parts of the Lake District. The trail will see you climb uphill along the rugged terrain of Nab Scar and Heron Pike for some amazing views overlooking Rydal Water and Grasmere before descending the hillside along the quiet shores of Alcock Tarn. Parts of this walk are a bit physically demanding; however, the trail is well-suited for seasoned and casual walkers looking for a bit of a challenge.

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    Route Description for Heron Pike & Alcock Tarn Circular Walk

    Walking the Heron Pike & Alcock Tarn Circular is a popular excursion with a variety of outdoor enthusiasts in the Lake District due to some sections of rugged terrain and breathtaking views overlooking several lakes. Setting out from the trailhead, the route will lead you up the steep and rugged hillside of Nab Scar, where you will receive a sweeping view across the blue expanse of Grasmere and Rydal Water. From here, the trail will turn to the north towards the summit of Heron Pike before descending the slopes on the way to the charming edge of Alcock Tarn. After taking in the sights across this quiet lake, make your way to the southeast along the foot of Nab Scar to return to the trailhead where you started.

    Getting to the Heron Pike & Alcock Tarn Circular Walk Trailhead

    To reach the trailhead for the Heron Pike & Alcock Tarn Circular Walk from Ambleside, head north on Rydal Road/A591 for 2.1 km and turn right to reach the parking area in 114 m.

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      Rydal Hall Campsite

    • Pets allowed

      Yes - On Leash

    • Family friendly


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