Blea Rigg - Route One

Start - Grasmere NY 337 073 Distance - 3 miles Ascent - 1,640 feet Time - 2 hours


Half a mile along Easedale Road from the centre of Grasmere Village a signpost indicates the footpath to Easedale Tarn
Across the footbridge over Easedale Beck a broad path leads across fields towards Sour Milk Gill
The east ridge of Tarn Crag dominates the view ahead on the walk across the fields
Looking back along the path through the fields
Beyond the last gate the path enters a short section of walled lane before rising alongside the waterfalls of Sour Milk Gill
After a long spell of dry weather there's not much water in the falls
The upper waterfall of Sour Milk Gill
Looking back along Easedale from the upper waterfall
The east ridge of Tarn Crag from the path above Sour Milk waterfalls
Blea Rigg comes into view as the path reaches a wide depression below the final rise to Easedale Tarn which lies behind the large moraine on the right
Looking back to Seat Sandal and Fairfield appearing over the Gibson Knott ~ Helm Crag col
From the same position looking back to Heron Pike and Nab Scar
Easedale Tarn and Tarn Crag from the site of the old refreshment hut
Blea Rigg from Easedale Tarn
Seat Sandal, Fairfield and Great Rigg from the site of the old refreshment hut
 A small marker cairn indicates the start of a path which climbs to reach the ridge-line between Great Castle How and Blea Rigg
Looking back to Easedale Tarn from the lower part of the path to Blea Rigg
The path steepens as it approaches the base of Blea Crag
Looking back to Easedale Tarn from the upper part of the path
From the same position looking over the Gibson Knott ~ Helm Crag ridge to Dollywaggon Pike, Seat Sandal, Fairfield and Great Rigg on the skyline
Passing below Blea Rigg. Wainwright indicated an alternative route from this point via a grass rake on the left of the crag but it is steep and pathless.  It is much easier to continue on the path to the ridge line
Approaching the ridge line between Great Castle How and Blea Rigg
Looking across the face of Blea Crag to the summit of Sergeant Man
A last look back to Easedale Tarn from just below the ridge line
Looking across the slopes of Great Castle How to Fairfield
On reaching the ridge line the view opens out and part of Windermere is visible to the south east
Harrison Stickle appears over the ridge to the west
The ridge path continues on towards the summit of Blea Rigg, detouring to the left to avoid the steep slabs directly ahead
Crinkle Crags to the south west
Looking back to the col and Great Castle How
The summit of Blea Rigg soon comes into view

The Shelter Stone located below the summit
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"The accomodation is strictly limited"
The summit of Blea Rigg
Looking south east to Great Langdale and Elter Water
Windermere from the summit of Blea Rigg
Looking east to Red Screes on the horizon with Ill Bell and Yoke on the right
On skyline to the north east - Seat Sandal, St. Sunday Crag, Fairfield, Hart Crag, Great Rigg and Dove Crag
The full length of the Helvellyn range over Steel Fell
Looking north over the Tarn Crag ridge to Ullscarf and a distant Blencathra on the horizon
Harrison Stickle and Pavey Ark from the summit of Blea Rigg
Crinkle Crags from the summit of Blea Rigg
Pike o' Blisco
The Coniston Fells from the summit of Blea Rigg

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