I’m lucky enough to have been brought up in the mountains, tarns and waters of The Lake District and lockdown has given me some time to explore even more of my childhood swimming holes. A couple of favourites surrounding Grasmere and Rydal to add to your next visit!
1. Easedale Tarn – From the village head towards the YHA and follow the finger post signs to Easedale Tarn. A very easy uphill ascent, suitable for all ages and fitness levels. Allow approx 45 minutes-1 hour.
Follow Sour Milk Ghyll (the waterfall) all the way to the top where you will find the Tarn. Get our early to enjoy plunging in the waterfalls too! The water is crystal clear and stunning views across the valley.
2. Buckstones Jum – accessible via the road to the left of Rydal Hall, a short 20 minute walk with a very slight ascent to the sparkling pools. The main swimming area does get very busy on a warm day due to the short walk but don’t be afraid to wander down the plunge pools to find the hidden crystal gems
3. Alcock Tarn – Leave the village taking the road past Wordsworth’s cottage. A steeper ascent through woodland creates an exciting walk through different terrains. Mid-way, there are beautiful views over Grasmere, particularly on a clear day.
The path is clearly marked and the tarn is easy to find as long as you stick to the path. Refreshing plunge into the Tarn at the top is worth the walk. Don’t forget to pack your sandwiches.