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Well worth the climb!

This is such a lovely place to walk up to with views over to Windermere and down to Grasmere from... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Just a bit of height

We usually go up from Rydal over the shoulder of Rydal Fell and drop down to Alcock Tarn before... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Gordon E
Chester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is such a lovely place to walk up to with views over to Windermere and down to Grasmere from the top. Ww walked up from behind the Swan Hotel and then on to Rydal Water and back to Grasmere on the far side of...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank JSD61
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We usually go up from Rydal over the shoulder of Rydal Fell and drop down to Alcock Tarn before getting coffee in Grasmere. One February we found a couple swimming, a bit too early for us, we wait unly it warms up a little in...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Gordon E
Reviewed 5 November 2018

A good walk for someone not experienced in fell walking, great for dogs, and amazing views from the top and a gentle walk down.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank kepLiverpool
Reviewed 9 October 2018 via mobile

We visited here with our two girls (12 and 13). We weren't sure about where to start bit once we found ourselves on the track it was easy to navigate. It was steep at times but worth it for the fabulous views along the way...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank kerryb425
Reviewed 5 October 2018

We walked from the Swan Inn to Alcock tarn and down the other side into Grasmere. The views just got better and better the higher we climbed. Bring a picnic to enjoy by the tarn (just remember to take your rubbish home) while you savour...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Angela M
Reviewed 18 August 2018

Took the walk alone with my dog, and very achieveable (i am not a professional walker and my dog not the typical 'outdoor' type!). Our walk started with a steep climb up the road adjacent to the Swan hotel, then crossed over the stream (the...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank donna_goodwin
Reviewed 5 August 2018 via mobile

It’s a long journey to reach the top and we needed several stops and drinks I had a touch of vertigo near the top but carried on and was glad I persevered The views were so beautiful Really felt on top of the world We...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Ellen K
Reviewed 4 August 2018

Start from Grasmere and there is a climb up and nice views at the top. On the return you could extend the walk to Rydal Mount and the caves.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank TouristHarrogate
Reviewed 12 July 2018

We were told this was the best view in the Lakes and it was! You can even see Lake Windermere from up there!

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Steph B
Reviewed 18 June 2018

Alcock Tarn requires some effort to reach, but is a veritable gem of a tarn and ideal for a picnic. We were there in mid-June when the tarn had shoals of tadpoles in the shallows, perfect for kids to try to catch. There were many...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank John R
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