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Whitemoss Common Tarn / AKA Skaters Tarn / AKA Wordsworth Tarn

 

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I must have walked past this tarn many a dozen times over the years, and on most of these occasions there was hardly enough open water to provide swimming space for a family of ducks. The size of the tarn has never been in question, but as long as I've known this spot, it has been overgrown with Rhododendrons and chocked with reeds and grasses.

This must be a far cry from the days when William Wordsworth would walk from Rydal Mount to skate on the tarn, which according to the National Trust has the name of Skaters Tarn.

Thankfully when I came here in spring 2009, the National Trust were in the process of clearing the weed from the tarn to open up the area of clear water.

 

 

 


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5th March 2017
  Around about Rydal 5.3 mile not much ascent
A591 - Dove Cottage - Whiemoss Common Tarn - Coffin Route to Rydal - Rydal Hall - Rydal Water - White Moss - A591 - Whitemoss Common Tarn - Dove Cottage - A591
 

4th February 2017
  Silver How and Dow Bank 6.2 mile about 1600 ft
A591 - Grasmere - Allan Bank - Wray Gill - Silver How - Spedding Crag - Dow Bank - High Close - Red Bank - Loughrigg Terrace - White Moss Car park - Whitemoss Tarn - A591
 

22nd May 2016
  Around Grasmere and Rydal 6.3 mile Not much ascent
A591 - Grasmere (village) -Grasmere (lake) - Weir - Rydal Caves - Rydal Water - Cote How - Pelter Bridge - Rydal - Coffin Route to Dove Cottage - A591
 

2nd August 2015
  A circuit of Grasmere and Rydal 6.3 mile not much ascent
A591 - Grasmere (village) -Grasmere (lake) - Weir - Rydal Water - Rydal - Coffin Route to Dove Cottage - A591
 

7th March 2015
  Rydal and Grasmere 6.1 mile 400 ft
A591 - Dove Cottage - How Top Tarn - Whitemoss Common Tarn - Coffin route to Rydal - Rydal Water - Rydal Caves - Loughrigg Terrace - Redbank Wood - Road to Grasmere - A591
 

18th January 2015 - Visiting the Lake District Tarns - Walk No 5
  Tarns between Grasmere and Nab Scar 5.3 mile 1800 ft
A591 - Dove Cottage - How Top Tarn - Whitemoss Common Tarn - Coffin route to Rydal - Nab Scar - Dockey Tarn - Alcock Tarn - How Top - A591
 

28th September 2014
  Nab Scar and Alcock Tarn 5.1 mile 1700 ft
A591 - Dove Cottage - How Top - Whitemoss Common Tarn - Coffin route to Rydal - Nab Scar - Alcock Tarn - How Top - A591
 

20th July 2014
  Something easy - Rydal and Grasmere 6 mile 400 ft (more or less)
A591 - Dove Cottage - Whitemoss Common Tarn - A591 to Rydal - Rydal Water - end of Loughrigg Terrace - Grasmere (lake) - Grasmere (village) - A591
 

11th August 2013
  Showers around Grasmere and Rydal 7 mile not much ascent
A591 - Michael's Fold - A591 - Dove Cottage - White Moss Tarn - Corpse Road to Rydal - Rydal Water - end of Loughrigg Terrace - Grasmere (lake) - Road to Grasmere (village) - A591
 

10th March 2013
  Silver How, Grasmere and Rydal 9.2 mile 2000 ft
A591 - Grasmere - Allan Bank - Wray Gill - Brigstone Moss - Silver How - Grasmere (lake) - Rydal Water - Rydal - Coffin Route to Grasmere - A591
 

26th June 2010
  Silver How and Loughrigg Fell 10.4 mile 3050 ft
A591 - Grasmere - Allan Bank - Wray Gill - Silver How - Megs Gill - Chapel Stile - Walthwaite - High Close - Loughrigg Terrace - Loughrigg Fell - Rydal Caves - Rydal Water - Rydal - Rydal Mount - Coffin route - How Top - Grasmere - A591
 

17th January 2010
  Silver How and the longer way back to Grasmere 7.4 mile 1720 ft
Grasmere - Allan Bank - Wray Gill - Silver How - Spedding Crag - Dow Bank - High Close - Loughrigg Terrace - Rydal Water - Rydal - Coffin Route - How Top - Grasmere
 

6th March 2009
  A circuit of Grasmere and Rydal Water 6.2 mile 700 ft
Grasmere - Town End - Coffin Route to Rydal - Rydal Water - Grasmere - Road to Grasmere
 

24th November 2007
  A circuit of Grasmere and Rydal Water 4.5 mile 11.50 ft
Grasmere - Grasmere Lake - Loughrigg Terrace (end of) - Rydal Caves - Rydal Water - Rydal - Corpse Road - Grasmere
 

28th August 2006
  The ridge above Grasmere - Alcock Tarn to Nab Scar. 6.3 mile 2159 ft
A591 (The Swan) - Alcock Tarn - Heron Pike - Nab Scar - Rydal - Town End - A591 (The Swan)
 

14th January 2006
  Rydal to Fairfield and back via Stone Arthur and an old corpse road. 9.5 mile 3514 ft
Rydal - Nab Scar - Heron Pike - Great Rigg - Fairfield - Great Rigg - Stone Arthur - A591 - White Moss Common - Rydal
 



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