Blea Tarn sits in a pass above Great Langdale, and affords views to the Langdale Pikes on the opposite side of the valley. The tarn is owned by the National Trust and there is a car park (free to NT members) a couple of minutes walk from the tarn. Along the south shore of the tarn there are numerous boulders in the water that provide photographic opportunities, with the Langdale Pikes reflected in the water. At one time there was also a ramshackle fence that projected into the water, but this has been replaced by a new fence. This still gives a good lead-in for photographs, but it will take a few years for the fence to weather down and blend into the landscape. The best time to visit is late afternoon, as the setting sun lights up the Pikes, but note that the tarn itself can then be in shadow.
Post Code: LA22 9PG
Blea Tarn is located at the top of the road that links Great Langdale with Little Langdale. From Great Langdale, drive as far up the valley as possible. Beyond the last of the parking areas, the road turns left and climbs up steeply – this can be difficultin icy conditions in winter. From Little Langdale, follow the road towards Wrynose Pass, but turn off to the right after about 2 miles along the valley road.