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The track down to Far Sawrey with a view over the fields to Near Sawrey
The track down to Far Sawrey with a view over the fields to Near Sawrey

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Route No. 522 - Wednesday 18 September 2013
Near Sawrey, Moss Eccles Tarn, Claife Heights,
High Blind How, Far Sawrey circuit - 9km
English Lake District . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer OL7 The English Lakes South Eastern area


The track climbing up from Near Sawrey at the start of the walk
The track climbing up from Near Sawrey at the start of the walk

The lane between the cottages in Near Sawrey
The lane between the cottages in Near Sawrey

Junction where the tracks from Near & Far Sawrey meet
Junction where the tracks from Near & Far Sawrey meet

Arriving at Moss Eccles Tarn
Arriving at Moss Eccles Tarn

Anyway we set off from the Tower Bank Arms in Near Sawrey walking along the road towards Hawskhead for about 100m to a narrow lane between the cottages on the right hand side of the road at map ref. SD370956. We walked up this lane and after about 150m the lane bent round to the right and passed between some farm buildings. It continued climbing up the hillside between drystone walls for about 600m to a junction with another track coming up from Far Sawley. The junction is at map ref. SD372961 and here we passed through a couple of gates and continued along the track still climbing now through open rough grazing land dotted with trees. After about 1km from Near Sawrey we came upon Moss Eccles Tarn.

This week my wife and I are staying in a holiday cottage in the tiny village of Near Sawrey near Hawkshead. This morning the weather was quite promising after three very wet Lake District days. We decided to do a walk straight from the village of Near Sawrey where we are staying with no need for the car at all. However there is very little opportunity to park in the village unless you are staying there. Beatrix Potter's home, "Hill Top" farm is in the village with a very busy National Trust car park for visitors to Hill Top only. It's probably easier to start and finish the walk in Far Sawley where the "Cuckoo Brow Inn" has a decent car park that I think would be OK to use provided you have some refreshments there at the end of the walk.

Track between the farm buildings on the edge of Near Sawrey
Track between the farm buildings on the edge of Near Sawrey

Track climbing up to Moss eccles Tarn
Track climbing up to Moss eccles Tarn

Cattle grazing by the track
Cattle grazing by the track

Moss Eccles Tarn - a National Trust property
Moss Eccles Tarn - a National Trust property

Looking back along the track to Moss Eccles Tarn
Looking back along the track to Moss Eccles Tarn

Track up to Wise Een Tarn
Track up to Wise Een Tarn

A fine example of a dry stone wall
A fine example of a dry stone wall

We continued along the track from the tarn with cattle grazing beside the track. After about 700m from Moss Eccles Tarn we reached Wise Een Tarn on the left of the track and a smaller tarn on the right with a low stone dam. About 350m beyond this dam the track went though a gate into the forest.

Moss Eccles Tarn was in a very pretty setting but it seemed that the ground enclosing the southern tip of the tarn had fallen away allowing the water to pour down the hillside and lowering the level of the tarn a little. There was work in progress to repair the damage fenced off by orange plastic panels.

Cloud hanging over Hawkshead approaching Wise Een Tarn
Cloud hanging over Hawkshead approaching Wise Een Tarn


Gate into the forest above Wise Een Tarn

Wise Een Tarn with cloud beyond hanging over Hawkshead
Wise Een Tarn with cloud beyond hanging over Hawkshead

The hills beyond Hawkshead seen from Wise Een Tarn
The hills beyond Hawkshead seen from Wise Een Tarn

Old stone dam to a small tarn near Wise Een Tarn
Old stone dam to a small tarn near Wise Een Tarn

Forest path after leaving Wise Een Tarn
Forest path after leaving Wise Een Tarn

A type of Boletus fungus by the path
A type of Boletus fungus by the path

A type of marsh grass in flower by the path
A type of marsh grass in flower by the path

We followed this footpath around a couple of large meanders for about 1km to drop down on to another forest access track next to a small tarn at map ref. SD382497.

From the gate we followed the track through the forest for about 600m to a sharp left hand bend in the stony forest access track at map ref. SD376982. Here we turned right off the forest access track on to a narrow footpath across the hillside heading south east.

Meandering path through the forest
Meandering path through the forest

Boardwalk across some marshy ground
Boardwalk across some marshy ground

Steep descent to another stony forest access track
Steep descent to another stony forest access track

A small tarn at map ref. SD382497 next to another stony forest access track
A small tarn at map ref. SD382497 next to another stony forest access track

Path up through the forest passing to the north of High Blind How
Path up through the forest passing to the north of High Blind How

Forest path dropping down to the junction above Windermere
Forest path dropping down to the junction above Windermere

Winding path down through the forest
Winding path down through the forest

Gate into rough grazing land at the edge of the forest
Gate into rough grazing land at the edge of the forest

We turned right at the finger post to walk along the path with the steep drop down to Windermere on our left. After about 500m the path turned away from the lake and wound its way down through the forest to a gate into some rough, rocky grassland where there were some sheep grazing.

The path followed the access track for just a few metres and then turned left off the track to continue up through the forest passing to the north of High Blind How to join the path along the top of the steep wooded hillside that rises up from the edge of Lake Windermere at a finger post at map ref. SD383974.

Finger post at the junction above Windermere
Finger post at the junction above Windermere

Winding path down through the forest
Winding path down through the forest

Sheep on rough grazing land at the edge of the forest
Sheep on rough grazing land at the edge of the forest

Small tarn by the track heading down towards Far Sawrey
Small tarn by the track heading down towards Far Sawrey

We turned right at this junction towards Far Sawrey
We turned right at this junction towards Far Sawrey

We followed the track down for about 700m to the road in Far Sawley at map ref. SD378954. At the road we turned right to walk along the road and after a few metres we came to The Cuckoo Brow Inn where we stopped for some refreshments.

We sat here for a few minutes for a drink and then continued along the track for another 700m to a junction in the track at map ref. SD382959. At the junction we turned left to head down towards Far Sawley.

Walled track heading down towards Far Sawrey
Walled track heading down towards Far Sawrey

Track heading down towards Far Sawrey
Track heading down towards Far Sawrey

The Cuckoo Brow Inn at Far Sawrey
The Cuckoo Brow Inn at Far Sawrey

Looking back to Far Sawrey from Cuckoo Brow Lane
Looking back to Far Sawrey from Cuckoo Brow Lane

Track to the left off Cuckoo Brow Lane
Track to the left off Cuckoo Brow Lane

The track up from Far Sawrey
The track up from Far Sawrey

We then turned off the lane to take a footpath along a grassy track on the left of the road. We followed this track up a slope for about 300m to a gate at a junction in the track. This was the junction we had reached this morning on our way out.

After a very pleasant break we continued along the road through the village for about 200m and took the road on the right called Cuckoo Brow Lane. We walked along this lane for about 400m, picking a few blackberries as we went.

Picking blackberries along Cuckoo Brow Lane
Picking blackberries along Cuckoo Brow Lane

Crossing Wilfin Beck, the outlet stream from Moss Eccles Tarn
Crossing Wilfin Beck, the outlet stream from Moss Eccles Tarn

Junction where the tracks from Near & Far Sawrey meet
Junction where the tracks from Near & Far Sawrey meet

Heading back down the track towards Near Sawrey
Heading back down the track towards Near Sawrey

Track down to Near Sawrey
Track down to Near Sawrey

Entering Near Sawrey along the track
Entering Near Sawrey along the track

The whole route had been 9km and it had taken us about three and a half hours to walk plus a stop at the pub in Far Sawley. Altogether a very pleasant outing on a fine dry day.

We turned left at the junction and retraced our steps from this morning along the track down into Near Sawley and the end of our walk.

Farm buildings by the track down to Near Sawrey
Farm buildings by the track down to Near Sawrey

Track down to Near Sawrey
Track down to Near Sawrey

The lane back through Near Sawrey
The lane back through Near Sawrey

The Tower Bank Arms in Near Sawrey at the end of our walk
The Tower Bank Arms in Near Sawrey at the end of our walk

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