30th March 2008

Tarn Hows and Black Crag


Walk Overview
Time 12.00 to 14.45
Duration 2 hr 45 min
Distance 5.7 mile
Ascent 1200 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Tarn Hows - High Arnside Tarn - Iron Keld Plantation - Black Crag - Iron Keld Plantation - Rose Castle Tarn - Tover Intake - Tarn Hows
Fells visited
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Starting Point Information Centre
Car park, Tarn Hows

Tarn Hows is reputed to be one of the Lake Districts most popular tourist destinations. I should point out that the prices in the car park and the amount of traffic would help to confirm this. This is a car park I wouldn't even think of trying to park after 10 am during the summer months.

I you are lucky enough to find a space then Tarn Hows itself is no more than a couple of minutes walk away.


Route Map

The ever popular Tarn Hows.

Walking along the Woodland path next to Tarn Hows was nice once the the sun came out. The path actually provides an easy to follow circuit of Tarn Hows for the vast number of people who visit this beauty spot every year. In fact, according to a recent article on the local news, the figure they gave was one million people a year. I'm not sure where they get that number from, and to me it does seem a bit high, especially when you start working out things like how many people per day, people in a car, car park spaces, how much time they spend here Etc. Anyway: It was quite busy today so no wonder the guy in the ice cream van had a smile on his face. Judging by the queue there was I think I'm in the wrong job!

High Arnside Tarn isn't too far from the main Tarn Hows track, but well worth a visit.

And looking back to the tarn as we head back to pick up the track to Iron Keld Plantation.

It looks like these guys are in a bit of a rush.

Iron Keld Plantation, or rather what's left of it. What a total mess sums up the condition it's been left in.

Black Crag.

A great view across to Crinkle Crags, Lingmoor Fell, Little Langdale and the Langdale Pikes.
What a difference from this mornings weather when we were dodging the showers in Ambleside.

And looking in the opposite direction towards Windermere, from Black Crag.

The northern end of Windermere, also showing Ambleside in front of Wansfell Pike and the Ill Bell ridge on the left hand side of the picture.

Black Crag summit.


A couple of minutes walk from Black Crag summit is this fine looking cairn. Somewhat more impressive than the summit itself I think.

Back down at Tarn Hows now and continuing our circuit back to the car park.


Rose Castle Tarn; found close to the main path, but surrounded by woodland and marshy ground.


Tarn Hows.

And again.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks