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Tarn walk mixes beauty with tragedy

Posted 21 April 2011
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Tarn walk mixes beauty with tragedy
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Those who like to go walking in the Lake District will be well aware of the association with the landscape of William Wordsworth and his works, but one guided trek next month has a tragic story to tell.

On May 21st, a walk will set off from the writer's home village of Grasmere up to Grisedale Tarn, where the Brother's Parting Stone is situated.

The spot was where the poet saw his brother for the last time before the latter descended down the other side of the pass into Patterdale en route to a sea journey on which he was drowned.

Beginning at the Stock Lane Car Park, the walk lasts for six hours and covers 9.9 miles, with "appropriate footwear" being required.

Those walking in the area may wish to invest in some new walking boots, as the paths are often rocky and uneven.

Grisedale Tarn is surrounded by a number of mountains those in boots may want to climb, such as St Sunday Crag, Fairfield and Seat Sandal.