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Bleaberry Tarn, Red Pike, Buttermere

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Only 2km from the village of Buttermere, in the Western Lake District lies Bleaberry Tarn set high in the shadow of High Stile and Red Pike. It is frequently visited as it lies en-route to the summit of Red Pike along its most popular path. Its outfall cascades over the rocks of Sour Milk Gill which can be seen from both the path and from the village. 

The path to the tarn is steep but having been stone pitched almost the entire way it has no difficulties bar the effort to climb its long staircase.

Whilst there is quite a bit of parking available in Buttermere on summer weekends it gets busy early. On the outskirts is the National Trust car park and in the centre of the village behind the Bridge Hotel is the Lake District National Park Authority car park. There are also some spaces on the verge above the Newlands Pass road junction. 

I stayed in the YHA Buttermere youth hostel and would highly recommend it. It was very clean, the staff were friendly, the food was tasty (breakfast £5 - well worth it) and best of all it was very affordable. I would also recommend the Fish Inn for great beer and the Bridge Hotel for excellent food. The Bridge Hotel also occupies a photogenic spot and is worth a picture.

Good waterproofs and footwear is pretty much essential, but that is true of everywhere in the Lakes.

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