: Five Unknown Tarns
another of us on the comeback trail from ailments, wanted
something gentle this week so I suggested a circuit
of five tarns I had spotted on the map. These
are just six miles from where I live but I had never
visited any of them- or even paid any attention to them
on paper for that matter!
else was available so it was just the two of us. If
I told you we parked at Icornshaw my betting is you
will never have heard of it so to help you identify
the location, travel down the A65 past the Plough at
Lupton, take the next road on the left, keep right at
the next junction and same again just after the intriguingly
first objective was Tarnhouse Tarn. This involved
heading north west along a track to Pant End then joining
the road that led up past High Row Farm to Tinkler Bank
and there it was on the left hand side.
Reservoir was harder to spot. It is not much further
on, along Green Lane but shrouded in trees for most
of its length.
we had to travel a short section of the B6254- the back
road from Kendal to Kirkby Lonsdale- and after Barkin
House we turned east.
passed over the fell to Wyndhammere, which is rather
smaller than its one time actual and now phonetic namesake!
path on the far side was supposed to go through a wood
but there was no sign of it on the ground and the terrain
was difficult underfoot so we took advantage of where
a tree had fallen to break the fence to escape along
the edge of the field wall.
again heading east with a northern interlude along the
Old Scotch Road, the fourth tarn was Kitmere but the
owners donít want you to see it. Our apologies
for trespassing but we did not damage and took only
glimpse of Kitmere
east, a fine view opened up over the Lune Valley with
Middleton Fell opposite us. The sun was threatening
to come out so we stopped for lunch.
stop, looking over to Middleton Fell
we dropped down through a mighty fine display of bluebells
to arrive at Rigmaden
Park for a team
photo with the stunning rhododendrons by the missing
gate. From here, our route lay south westerly
to Old Town with its mysterious seemingly abandoned
Hall from the drive.....
and from the climb
number five, Terrybank Tarn, is a bit further south
and found by taking a track from the road over the hill
to the southeast. First you pass Woodside which
is a house rather less pretigeous than Rigmadan Hall!
In its grounds, however, we found a strange sculpture.
At first we thought it was a large stone. Then
we realised it was man made. Finally we discovered its
real purpose! Click on the picture for a clue!
it art or what?
was a disappointment to discover at Terrybank Tarn that,
again, the visitor is not really made very welcome!
here, it was a relatively short stroll across the fields
to Tosca and along the road to Icornshaw and the car.
whole was a surprisingly pleasant round but the lack
of access to and knowledge about the tarns was a little
frustrating. We should have had our tarn expert
we are relying on you to provide us with the background
information about these places, together with accounts
of the fish that you have captured in them. Legitimately,
11th May 2011
climbed in feet:
Tarn, Lupton Reservoir, Wyndhammere,
Kitmere, Terrybank Tarn
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