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Greenburn Tarn

 

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Greenburn Tarn or reservoir sits in the shadow of Wet Side Edge, Great Carrs, Swirl How and Wetherlam. Seemingly the tarn is inaccessible from any of these, but this is not the case, there are in fact a few off path options to get down to the tarn from the fellside below Wet Side Edge and also from Swirl Hawse. Should you be that way inclined, these make for interesting and more adventurous routes to the tarn. They also give a nice insight into the upper area of this generally deserted valley. Alternatively, it's easier to reach the tarn from Little Langdale by following the track past the ruined copper mines next to Greenburn Beck.

After a short period of good fortune, the mines weakened and cessed to operate altogether in 1917. Between that time and this not only the buildings, but in particular here, the dam has fallen into a state of disrepair and now does little to hold back the water. I guess we now have more or less what was the natural size of the tarn, albeit with a reminder that for a brief spell, man exploited and harnessed the energy of the water.

 


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6th June 2015 - Visiting the Lake District Tarns - Walk No 50
  Little Langdale Tarn and Greenburn Reservoir 8.1 mile 1400 ft
Elterwater - Elterwater Hall - Dale End - Little Langdale Tarn - Slater Bridge - Low Hall Garth - High Hall Garth - Greenburn Mines - Greenburn Reservoir - Greenburn Mines - Bridge End - Little Langdale road - Dale End - Elterwater Hall - Elterwater
 

17th May 2014
  Wetherlam from Elterwater and the 'other' plane wreckage on Great Carrs 13 mile 4000 ft
Elterwater - Little Langdale - Slater Bridge - Low Hall Garth - Greenburn Tarn - Broad Slack - Swirl Hawse - Wetherlam - Swirl Hawse - Prison Band - Swirl How - Great Carrs - Wet Side Edge - Fell Foot - Little Langdale - Elterwater
 

30th August 2010
  Three Shire Stone to Wetherlam and Greenburn 10.1 mile 3400 ft
Three Shire Stone - Wet Side Edge - Fairfield - Grey Friar - Fairfield - Great Carrs - Swirl How - Prison Band - Swirl Hawse - Wetherlam - Swirl Hawse - Sheepfold - Greenburn Reservoir - Greenburn Beck - Bridge End - Fell foot - Wrynose Pass - Three Shire Stone
 

27th December 2008
  Elterwater to Greenburn Tarn (and back) 8.1 mile 1400 ft
Elterwater - Elterwater Hall - Dale End - Slater Bridge - Low Hall Garth - Greenburn Tarn - Fell Foot Bridge - Busk House - Dale End - Elterwater Hall - Elterwater
 



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