Out There column

Grasmere and Goody Bridge.
Grasmere and Goody Bridge.

There are some walks in the Lake District that are worth doing over and over again.

One such route is from the lovely village of Grasmere to Goody Bridge, Sour Milk Falls and finally Easedale Tarn.

The weather was fine last Sunday so it was the perfect opportunity to go to Grasmere.

My husband Mark (Sparky) hadn’t done the walk before and he was captivated from the start. Sparky bounded along like a mountain goat – I plodded like a cart horse.

We were delighted to see that Wordsworth’s former home, Allan Bank, which we had visited earlier in 2013, had been restored to its former glory by the National Trust. It’s not open again until March so we’ve made a note to return then.

We crunched along the well maintained paths, taking photographs and marvelling at the views.

Beyond Grasmere Village the path winds along a spectacular valley to picturesque Goody Bridge.

The views are sublime at this point so if you’re not feeling energetic you don’t have to walk all the way up the side of the valley to be enraptured.

We climbed higher, eventually reaching the quirkily named Sour Milk Falls. Unfortunately, we hadn’t set off early enough and the light was starting to fade so we had to head back down the valley.

However, on previous occasions I’d made it all the way to beautiful Easedale Tarn.

This tranquil oasis is a wonderful place to visit – especially on a week day when it’s much quieter. It’s a place where you can lose yourself and truly relax. Sparky was disappointed at not seeing the tarn but we’re going to return when the days get longer.

If you’re really lucky you can sometimes see red squirrels near Goody Bridge. I’ve never seen any but I live in hope.

Back in the village we had a quick visit to Grasmere Garden Centre. Sparky’s friend Joanne owns the garden centre which has a wonderful cafe (the scones are to die for).

After our walk our muscles were aching and our bones were creaking but we felt completely refreshed.

* If you fancy trying the walk go to www.lake-district-guides.co.uk, where2walk.co.uk or visit Grasmere Tourist Information Centre, Redbank Road, Grasmere, Cumbria, 015394 35245.