Dob Gill and Harrop Tarn, Thirlmere

Dob Gill has some lovely little waterfalls on the way up to Harrop Tarn, near Thirlmere. We parked at GR316140 on OS map OL5. It’s a pay and display although no charge today as machine broken.

It’s an easy 2.6 mile loop walk that is well signed from the car park. The first bit of the walk is the steepest and rockiest. It was damp today and the large rock path was a bit slippery but perfectly manageable for the just turned 5 year old. We carried out 2 year old in a sling.

It’s only steep and rocky for about 500 mts when it opens out to the first set of waterfalls and then continues to Harrop Tarn. At this time of year (July) the path is quite narrow due to bracken growth but it just made it more adventurous for the children!

We stopped for a picnic at the tarn and if the weather was hot it would’ve been great to play and splash in the water. As it was, we put an extra layer on and kept our waterproof jackets done right up!!!!

Once at the tarn turn right onto forestry tracks, then right again to lead easily to Hause Point (GR 317152) on Thirlmere. You can then either walk back to the car park on the road or the footpath. Note the footpath is currently closed due to repair work.

We got some stunning views of the phenomenal Dec 15 landslides on the A591. Took us about 2 hours, including picnic and various rock climbs/games/snacks etc.

On the way back to Bowness on Windermere we stopped at the Travellers Rest on the main A591 near Grasmere.  It’s exactly as I imagined it would be, having driven past it, but never gone in it for 6 years!  Nice food, people and atmosphere.  No playground for the kids, but kid and dog friendly.

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