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Blea Tarn. The Langdales | Lake District Photography

Langdale Reflections From The Edge Of Blea Tarn
An iconic Lake District view

Blea Tarn (The Langdales)

Blea Tarn is a small body of water in the Langdale Valley. It’s an iconic Lake District scene as you get the Langdale Pikes filling the skyline which also reflects in the water.

I often use this as a starting point to climb up Lingmoor Fell, Side Pike or Pike O’ Blisco

There is a path that leads around the tarn walking through the woods and then up to the cattle grid at the head of the valley. It’s a short walk but you get a mixture of different views along the way. At the head of the valley, you can also look up at Pike O’ Blisco, Crinkle Crags, Bowfell and the Langdale Pikes.

The road to get here is usually a pothole-filled mess, so take your time on your way here.

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Beginner – There is a car park across the road from Blea Tarn so it doesn’t require much walking

South West
OS Grid Ref: NY 29306 04422
Latitude: 54° 25′ 49″ N
Longitude: 3° 5′ 28″ W

From Blea Tarn you get great views over the water and up into the Langdale Pikes – a famous skyline in the Lake District.

Places close by: 

  • Side Pike
  • Pike O’ Blisco 
  • Langdale Pikes 
  • Lingmoor Fell


Nearest town/village: 

  • Chapel Stile
  • Elterwater 
  • Skelwith Bridge
Take in the views

Go for a walk

My recommendation for a walk from Blea Tarn is a circular route around the water and then over  Side Pike and Lingmoor Fell before returning to the car park. The walk offers a range of views from the water to amazing views of the Langdales plus a hidden gem called Fat Man’s Agony.  A tight squeeze through the rocks below Side Pike.

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About Adam Kappa

Adam Kapustynskyj is a landscape photographer based in Ulverston near the English Lake District. He specialises in Landscape photography