602 Alcock Tarn

How fit are you? William Heaton Cooper, the artist, used to take his guests on a walk up to Alcock Tarn as a test of their "mountain form". The winner of the Guides Race at Grasmere Sports makes it to the top of the cliffs above the tarn in just ten minutes. And the descent - he's back in Grasmere in less than three!

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LOCATION: South Lake District
START: Grasmere village, off A591, Broadgate car park
Grid ref: NY338078 Postcode: LA229RY
DISTANCE: 3.5 miles
GRADE: Moderate with a steep ascent
TIME: 2.5 hours
MAP: Explorer OL - English Lakes, South East Landranger 90
EN ROUTE: River Rothay, Greenhead Gill, Grey Crag, How Top, Dove Cottage, Wordsworth Museum, Heaton Cooper, Sam Read's Bookshop

This walk was originally published by
The Manchester Evening News

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