Blea Tarn and Blea Tarn House, Little Langdale
OS grid reference NY293-044
Blea Tarn is in a beautiful setting with a dramatic backdrop of the Langdale Pikes . The tarn is located at top of the pass between Great Langdale and Little Langdale.
From Ambleside, take the A593 towards Coniston. At Skelwith Bridge, turn on to the B5343 and go straight past Elterwater along Great Langdale valley to the Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel. Turn left here along the single track, steep and narrow road which leads to Little Langdale passing Blea Tarn along the way. There’s a NT pay and display car park on the left from where a footpath leads to the tarn.
What to Shoot
The surrounding fells make it best to shoot the tarn just after sunrise or just before sunset. The iconic view is that taken from the south shore of the tarn with either the small fence that runs into the water or the large boulders at the water’s edge in the foreground and the towering Langdale Pikes as a backdrop. There used to be some pretty rhododendrons surrounding the tarn but these have now been cut back to try and check their relentless choking progress. The footpath leads behind the tarn where there are some pretty wooded areas where you can take shots with Side Pike as a back drop. This is a well-photographed location and will be busy in summer.
On the way to the tarn, you will pass a small white cottage called Blea Tarn House, another popular spot. The usual shot here is to climb up beside the small stream which runs up the fell just opposite the cottage until you can gain enough height for a good view of the cottage and the fells behind it. The path will be very wet.