10th September 2008

Three tarns above Glenridding

 

Walk Overview
Details
Time 09.20 to 14.45
Duration 5 hr 25 min
Distance 8.3 mile
Ascent 2400 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Route
Glenridding - Greenside Road - Kepple Cove - Brown Cove - Below Catstye Cam - Red Tarn - Birkhouse Moor - Lanty's Tarn - Glenridding
 
Fells visited
Directory places visited
 
 
 

Starting Point Information Centre
Car park, Glenridding

Found in the centre of Glenridding, this car park fills up very quickly indeed. Not just because of the amount of walkers heading onto the Helvellyn fells, but with people just wanting to have a walk around the village. Arriving after mid morning during the summer months would be a bit of a hit and miss situation as far as getting a space goes.

To state the obvious; there is a charge for parking here.

 

Route Map
 
 
Photos

Leaving Glenridding and heading up to Greenside Road which runs along the bottom of Sheffield Pike.

Birkhouse Moor seen from Greenside Road.

 

Swart Beck seen from the bridge at Greenside Mines.
To say this is an interesting area would be a bit of an understatement. The whole place is strewn with evidence of its mining past, from the buildings themselves to the more subtle reminders laying on the ground and sticking out of the spoil heaps. While I was taking this picture there was a 'large' group of school children on what must have been a guided tour. Sadly the poor guy who was trying to explain how things worked might as well have been talking to himself. Most of the kids were wandering about and had no interest in the place whatsoever. I wish I'd had the nerve to ask if I could tag along and listen to what he had to say.

Catstye Cam and Helvellyn Lower Man on the skyline ahead of us.

Looking back down the path above Greenside Mines.
Notice the old 'leat' (an artificial water trench). These were used to divert water from higher up the beck, across the fellside to the mines themselves. As you continue to walk up the path, the leat can be seen following the contours of the fell almost as far as the large sheepfold at the junction of Red Tarn Beck and Glenridding Beck.

Catstye Cam dominated the view ahead of us as we walked to Kepple Cove. Thankfully the low cloud you can see on Helvellyn Lower Man didn't bring any rain and didn't drop any lower.

Kepple Cove dam. I know in an ugly sort of way it adds a bit of interest to the area, but I'm surprised it was never taken down.

The sheepfold found just above the dam.

Keppel Cove and the dried up Keppel Cove Tarn.

After leaving the dam we followed the beck into the wonderfully secluded Brown Cove.

Brown Cove Tarn was the main aim of today's walk. I can't believe this is for first time I've been here since I started the website. In fact it's only the second time I've ever been to the tarn. I remember seeing the tarn and the dam from above, on our first visit to Helvellyn. The following week I made a point of walking up here and for no particular reason I haven't been back until today.

And a picture of the tarn's outflow, taken from the remains of the dam.

Tarn number two was Red Tarn where it was time for a bite to eat.

The view back to Catstye Cam and Helvellyn (in cloud).

It was much brighter in this direction as we walked to Birkhouse Moor.

 

It's a long way down to Lanty's Tarn. The tarn can be seen just in front of the trees on the right hand side of the picture. It looks like a black square.

Glenridding Dodd and the outskirts of Glenridding.

I always feel that Lanty's Tarn has a sad look about it on cloudy days, in fact, I could say it's almost a shame so see the place when the sun isn't shining. On those blue sky occasions the tarn really is transformed into a Lake District beauty spot.I always feel that Lanty's Tarn has a sad look about it on cloudy days, in fact, I could say it's almost a shame so see the place when the sun isn't shining. On those blue sky occasions the tarn really is transformed into a Lake District beauty spot.

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Perfect timing; less than a minutes walk from the car and the rain started.



David Hall -
Lake District Walks