Blea Tarn, Great Langdale & Finsthwaite

Trip Start May 02, 2013
Trip End Aug 12, 2013

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Friday, July 5, 2013

Its a beautiful morning and the weather forecast is good. T is feeling better, having had a good feed last night. We have had some discussion about where to go for a walk. T is not confident about her ability to flog up hills anymore, so the walk I was proposing, which was to walk up to Sprinkling Tarn below the Langdale Pikes is out as that, apart from coming back down, is all uphill. Eventually we decide to go to Blea Tarn, which is on the opposite side of the valley so we can look across to the 'Pikes. Blea Tarn is a National Trust Property of " outstanding beauty". Even the drive to it is rewarding as the sight when you first see the mountains from Elterwater is outstanding.

I have fond memories of Great Langdale as it was the place I came to climb in the Lakes when I was in my teens. However I wasn't trying to navigate a large car through the narrow lanes in those days! Blea Tarn is between Great and Little Langdale, about a Km from the saddle. After putting on my new walking shoes, we set off down the track to the Tarn. Clearly everybody else has heard of the outstanding beauty as the edge of the Tarn is crowded with photographers. We join them. The shoes prove their waterproofing when I slip trying to pose on a stone for a photo. The track continues on to the saddle so we meander thence stopping to look at flowers and the view. Spring was delayed in England this year and we have been the beneficiaries. Apart from the usual foxgloves etc we see quite a lot of spotted orchids. We had lunch at the saddle, then I went a bit further up to get a better view of the valley.

As it was still early when we got back we decided to go the long way back and detour to Finsthwaite at the bottom of Lake Windermere where T was born. When we got to Little Langdale we saw the Three Shires Inn,so we stopped for a coffee. it was tempting to have a pint of real ale but I knew I had a lot of narrow lanes to navigate and they are bad enough without my judgement being impaired. I remember seeing the results of test on bus drivers which showed that after a few pints they thought they could get the bus through gaps narrower than the bus!. As it was we had to hit the brakes several times and squeeze past the other vehicle.

Finsthwaite is only a small collection of houses and even the church is relatively new being built by the owner of the Stott Park Bobbin Mill, now in the care of English Heritage. We found the cottage that T recalled visiting a few years ago and took the obligatory photos then continued back to Bowness. What a relief to get back onto the main roads again.
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