Having passed through Patterdale so many times and not actually stopping I thought it would be a nice idea to park up and do some exploring of this fantastic looking area and the surrounding mountains. Patterdale is a popular starting point for the climb up Hellvellyn which the third highest peak in England. Unfortunately the day we chose to do the walk the weather was seriously warm, at nearly 30°C it was too warm for us to think about tackling Hellvellyn. Instead we opted to walk up through the valley along Grisedale Beck which would eventually end us up at Grisedale Tarn.

Along the way we wondered off track a little and bumped into a couple of awesomely nice dudes who were in the army and doing some scrambling in the same area. They pointed is in the right direction again after we followed them for a mile or so and got to know each other, I love how friendly and helpful people are whilst you are out rambling.

As mentioned earlier, it was a crazily warm day to be out walking but the lighting was fantastic for landscape photographs, it really brought the definition out in the hillsides and the sky was as blue as it could be. I’d recommend this walk for beginners and intermediate walkers, it was just short of 10 miles and had a few challenging parts along the way to keep it interesting. I’ve included a map again at the bottom of this post so you can see the route we took.

Looking back towards Patterdale Looking back towards Grisedale Beck and Patterdale A cabin near Grisedale Beck Grisedale Tarn looking back towards Patterdale Fred cooling off in Grisedale Tarn Looking down the valley towards Brotherswater

Once the walk was done with and we’d cooled down some we decided to visit our favourite eating place which is located in Bowness-on-Windermere, The Old John Peel Inn is a nice traditional and friendly pub, oh and they serve my favourite pub food, gammon steak with egg and chips. Seeing as it was such a lovely evening again I thought it would be rude not to go down to the waters edge of Lake Windermere and grab a couple of shots of the sunset as I usually like to do.

Lake Windermere sunset facing south

The route from Patterdale to Grisedale Tarn