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Alcock Tarn, Grasmere

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Alcock Tarn is a lake in South Lakeland, Cumbria, England. It is located high in the fells on Heron Pike, roughly a mile and a half east of Grasmere.
Alcock Tarn was originally known as Butter Crags Tarn and was enlarged by means of a stone and earth dam in the 19th century to a depth of about 6 ft (1.8 m). The owner, a Mr Alcock of Grasmere, then stocked it with brown trout.
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  • it was an amazing walk for a summer afternoon. We were staying in Grasmere and this circular route was great. The journey was delightful, the views amazing and we were able to go back on time for... 
    it was an amazing walk for a summer afternoon. We were staying in Grasmere and this circular route was great. The journey was delightful, the views amazing and we were able to go back on time for...  more »
  • Relatively easy walk just very steep. Easy to get to from Grasmere town, then a simple path straight up the hill to Alcock tarn. Really nice views of the valley and Grasmere too, it’s a circular walk....  more
    Relatively easy walk just very steep. Easy to get to from Grasmere town, then a simple path straight up the hill to Alcock tarn. Really nice views of the valley and Grasmere too, it’s a circular walk....  more »
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  • Hidden gem - challenging but fun hike up the steep and difficult path from the road on the westerly access. Long ascent up, over a narrow path that gives a view to Grasmere below you and the foxglove littered hillside across from you. Final leg is an open grassy climb up to the tarn. At the tarn, there is a small hill on the west bank, from which there are just phenomenal panoramic views of Grasmere, Ambleside and even as far as Windermere. At night (I camped one night here), the lights from Windermere and surrounding villages were shimmeringly visible. Note: the hill was very ideal for scoping oncoming clouds to make our own weather forecasts. The rockiness provided a good shelter from the wind.
  • Medium hike with some steep parts. Small rocky path. Good views from the top over Grasmere area. Good walking boots essential. Remote hike of 2 to 3 hours up to an elevation of 1,115 feet and a round trip of 3.5 miles. Small waterfall about two thirds the way up. There is good mobile phone coverage up and down the tarn so a GPS device is not essential. Also this route is very well signed.

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