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worth the climb!

Took the walk alone with my dog, and very achieveable (i am not a professional walker and my dog... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
donna_goodwin
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nottingham
Hard work but worth it

It’s a long journey to reach the top and we needed several stops and drinks I had a touch of... read more

Reviewed 5 August 2018
Ellen K
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Grantham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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

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

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.

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!

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

1  Thank John R
Reviewed 31 May 2018 via mobile

The steep climb really pays off with excellent views all the way up and down. Kids found it a bit of a struggle, but with some coaxing were very pleased with themselves once the tarn was reached. The tarn it's self is a stunning location,...More

1  Thank jamestK8324LT
Reviewed 17 May 2018 via mobile

Walked up from Grasmere to Alcock Tarn with our dog did not realise how high the walk went. Had fantastic views of the area, followed the route from the National Trust.

Thank Steve S
Reviewed 30 April 2018

A short walk from Grasmere, easy navigation, safe best included on a round trip with Heron Pike and Reat Rigg.

Thank hem0116
Reviewed 5 April 2018 via mobile

Set off in bad weather , which continued for much of the way ! Still worth the effort though and we did manage to get a view on our way up. I’m not sure serious walkers read these reviews , for day tourists though I...More

Thank Elle H
Reviewed 27 February 2018

We set off fortified with coffee and cake from one of Grasmere’s several cafes, passed behind Dove Cottage, and ascended the path to the tarn. It was a cold, breezy February day, so we were well wrapped up. It was very quiet – only a...More

1  Thank PJandSJ
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