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Woodland Fell and Beacon Tarn

May 31, 2023

Beacon Tarn is one of my favourite places in the Lake District. Surrounded by a series of low lying hills and views across to the higher Coniston fells makes the tranquil waters of Beacon Tarn a genuine hidden gem. Visit it at any time of the year.

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, a swimmers character or an ornithologists eye. Similar to the Dunnerdale Fells, over in the next valley, Woodland Fell is a place to linger and explore. I have been recently tempted in to its cooling waters of Beacon Tarn.

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. This is because most of the paths have resulted to the meandering of sheep and not more purposeful humans. I would urge any visitor to choose your own sheep track and accept that it may just disappear into the bracken.

This walk over Woodland Fell and Beacon Tarn typifies all that is good about the Lake District. Looking for the best walk leads you in to such places, areas you would not normally visit.


I like to visit the ‘Beacon’, a fell to the north east and an easy climb. The views from here towards the Coniston Fells are unusual.

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 have a clear purpose to them. 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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