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Browncove Tarn



I'm starting to loose track of how many tarns I've described as "not being on the route to anywhere in particular". Well, here's another one, Brown Cove Tarn - found high among the fells above Glenridding in a wonderfully secluded combe. To say the very least, this tarn has in a breathtaking setting, enclosed by Catstye Cam, Helvellyn, Helvellyn Lower Man and Whitesite.

Despite its appearance, the tarn is in fact a natural pool, I suspect however, that the current outline bears little resemblance to its original shape. This was taken away when in 1860 a dam was built to allow water to be stored in the cove. The water could then be used when it was needed for the mines found lower down the fellside.

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A close up of Brown Cove Tarn / dam.

Secluded the tarn may be, but unlike many other out of the way tarns, this one is quite easy to find. From Glenridding simply follow Greenside Road as far as the mines and continuing on the obvious route between the buildings stay on the track running almost parallel to Glenridding Beck for approx one and a half mile until you reach the dam. At the dam / sheepfold, continue straight ahead (off path) until you pick up a narrow path where you'll turn left into Brown Cove.
Alternatively at the dam. Leave the track, cross over onto the opposite side of the beck and follow its course uphill and into Brown Cove.














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The number of walks to choose from is 3

4th March 2017 - Coves, Combes and Holes of the Lake District - Walk No 4
  Coves around Catstye Cam and Birkhouse Moor 8 mile about 3300 ft
Glenridding - Gillside - Blea Cove - Quarry - north side of Birkhouse Moor - Sheepfold at Red Tarn Beck - Keppel Cove - Brown Cove - Catstye Cam - Red Tarn - Birkhouse Moor - Little Cove - Gillside - Glenridding

30th May 2015 - Visiting the Lake District Tarns - Walk No 48
  Tarns between Glenridding and Helvellyn 12.8 mile 4500 ft
Stybarow Crag - Glenridding - Greenside Road - Greenside Mine - Kepple Cove - Brown Cove - Catstye Cam north ridge - Catstye Cam - Red Tarn - Swirral Edge - Helvellyn - Nethermost Pike - High Crag - Dollywaggon Pike - The Tongue - Ruthwaite Cove - Hard Tarn - Calf Hole - Nethermost Cove - Grisedale - Lanty's Tarn - Glenridding - Stybarrow Crag

10th September 2008
  Three tarns above Glenridding 8.3 mile 2400 ft
Glenridding - Greenside Road - Kepple Cove - Brown Cove - Below Catstye Cam - Red Tarn - Birkhouse Moor - Lanty's Tarn - Glenridding

David Hall -
Lake District Walks