Fran Bury: Quiet tarn at the top of a lovely uphill walk the perfect place to cool off. Rarely is there anyone else swimming but the water is calm, clean and the setting very beautiful in a bowl of high hills. Small number of large rocks to surreptitiously change behind!
Kate Rew: The mountain tarns of the Lake District are one of Great Britain’s great swimming experiences. Easedale is wonderfully accessible – enough of a walk up from Grasmere to be in the hills, but not so much that it’s restricted to ‘proper’ ramblers. This makes it popular with picnicking families and it varies between freezing and warm as a bath depending on the weather. The tarns has two rocky beaches, one on either side, and an island rock in the middle like a belly button. The water gets shallow again in the middle. About a kilometre and a half long for any distance swimmers.
Can be cold! True of all mountain tarns, but bear cold incapacitation in mind before being lured into swimming to the opposite shore or the rock island in it's centre.