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Blea Tarn - Eskdale

Blea Tarn - Eskdale

Postby Gordon Ballantyne » Tue Sep 27, 2016 6:07 pm

Date walked: 17/09/2016

Time taken: 2

Distance: 4.4 km

Ascent: 228m

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We were at Boot to celebrate Tony's 70th. The weather was absolutely brilliant, so we followed a suggestion from an outgoing visitor to do the walk round Blea Tarn before our BBQ.

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We had a fair crowd including wee Malachy and set out from the Eskdale Mill, up the path to the bothies which mark the split in the path for Blea from the path over Eskdale Moor to Burnmoor Tarn.
A great spot to sit and take in the views across the glen - sorry, Fell.

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Eveyone collects at the first stop at the bothies

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Malachy & Tony looking at the wee church down in Eskdale

The path for Blea rises slowly SW to the highest point which overlooks the Tarn.

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Scafell from the path

Tony approaching the highest point on the path to Blea Tarn.jpg
Birthday boy Tony approaching the highest point on the path.

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Malachy summiting with his older support team

Today we had views to the coast and even to the offshore Fannery. I suspect this view is not often seen !

Julie & Paul looking down on Blea Tarn.jpg
Julie and Paul looking down on Blea Tarn

We descended to the loch in idyllic conditions with wonderful reflections on it's mirror-smooth surface.
Another stop allowed Paul to identify a dragonfly and send a nine-ser skiffy accross the surface of the tarn.
The descent down the path to Beckfoot was steep, but occasionally puncuated by the odd hoot from the Eskdale miniature railway as it plied the tourists up and down the glen - Fell.

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The Ravensglass rail terminus at Dalegarth

The others had gone ahead, but Malachy and I sauntered up the narrow gauge rail track picking brambles ( blackberries) to arrive at the rail terminus and ice creams all round.

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The River Irt engine at Dalegarth

A short stroll up the road to Boot completed the circuit.
What a stunning walk, with wee Malachy earning his Mountaineer's badge !
Paul & Julie managed to sneak in a quick ascent of Scafell the following morning before our celebratory lunch at the village hotel.
We also had a fairly hair-raising drive up the Hardknott pass - part of our "Lakes" experience !
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Re: Blea Tarn - Eskdale

Postby ChrisW » Wed Sep 28, 2016 4:45 am

How awesome to be out bagging hills at 70, we should all be so lucky :clap: Lovely photos of a beautiful area and bonus little steam trains too....love it :clap: :clap:
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