One of the Lake District's larger tarns, Easedale stands at an elevation of 282 m (925 ft), and has a depth of approximately 70 ft. It is located on a shelf overlooking the Easedale Valley and is easily accessed via a footpath which runs from Grasmere village, a walk of around 3.5 km (2 mi). The tarn is an ideal place for a picnic, paddling or even swimming in the warmest weather; although beware the reeds in places. Coarse fishing is allowed without a permit and the tarn contains brown trout, perch and pike. Its outflow is Sour Milk Gill, named after the milky-white colour of its waterfalls as it descends east towards Grasmere.