Blea Tarn is described in Simon Warren’s book “Another 100 Greatest Cycling Climbs” as a Supermodel (Official UK Climb #182, 1.1Km, height gain 128m). It’s not the steepest or longest hill in the Lake District, but it is a lovely, twisting climb. To get there, the ride leaves Ambleside and heads to Grasmere, climbs Red Bank, which in itself is a tough, shady climb between moss-covered stone walls, before the flat approach to the base of Blea Tarn through Great Langdale.
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