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Woodland Fell and Beacon Tarn

March 16, 2019

Lying south of the Coniston fells Woodland Fell and Beacon Tarn offer a beautiful 1/2 day in a landscape of bracken, heather and small rocky outcrops. It is a rarely visited beauty spot.

The Walk

Nestling within the low lying fells is the delectable Beacon Tarn, a personal favourite. Tranquil waters and views across the southern giants offer the perfect backdrop for those with a photographic bent or an ornithologists eye. Similar to the Dunnerdale Fells, over in the next valley, Woodland Fell is a place to linger and explore.

I was inexorably drawn to the highest point at Blawith Knott and, coupled with the tarn, makes an obvious focus for the walk. However the tracks do not necessarily help define any logical route (they are made by sheep not us) so I would urge you to choose your own sheep track and accept that it may just disappear into the bracken. Probably the most enjoyable thing about looking for my favourite Lake District walks is encountering new, virgin areas which I had previously dismissed out of hand.


Take your time. The paths are not obvious so wander off and discover your own favourite place.

Woodland Fell and Beacon Tarn are one of my favourite 25 walks in the Lake District.

Navigation Tips on Woodland Hill and Beacon Tarn

This is an area perfect for those wanting to practice their navigation skills. The Cumbria Way is an obvious path but nothing else is, all compass work, a feel for the land and avoiding misleading sheep tracks.

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