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Woodland Fell and Beacon Tarn

May 18, 2021

Lying south of the Coniston fells, Woodland Fell and Beacon Tarn is a beautiful area of landscape of bracken, heather and small rocky outcrops. It makes for a lovely walk.

The Walk

Nestling within the low lying fells is the delectable Beacon Tarn, a personal favourite. Tranquil waters and views across the southern fells 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 which, coupled with Beacon tarn, makes an obvious focus for the walk. However the paths themselves do not necessarily help plan a walk. Most are made by sheep and lead nowhere useful. I would urge any visitor to choose your own sheep track and accept that it may just disappear into the bracken. Woodland Fell and Beacon Tarn typifies what is so good about the area. Looking for the best walk leads you in to such places, areas you would not normally visit.


Some of the best views, particularly the unusual view of the Coniston fells, are seen from the ‘Beacon’ just to the north of the tarn.

Woodland Fell and Beacon Tarn is 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. However no other paths help. It is all compass work, a feel for the land, slopes and man made walls.

  • Karen Maters says:

    Hello Jonathan,
    I am staying in Grange-over-Sands for a few days. Would you know a good 8-10 km walk that gives a taste of the lake district? Maybe one that makes use of public transport, for a line walk?
    Thank you, Karen

    • Jonathan says:

      I am not sure if you have a car at all but the walk to Beacon Tarn described here is a lovely bit of quiet Lakeland, easy to get to. The X12 goes from Ulverston to Coniston for a linear walk.If you have no car have a climb of Hampsfell offers a nice taster.

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