Woodland Fell & Beacon Tarn

  • Unspoilt rugged group of hills
  • Beautifully situated tarn
  • Bracken covered slopes

Lying south of the Coniston fells Woodland Fell and the delectable Beacon Tarn offer a beautiful 1/2 day in a landscape of bracken, heather and small rocky outcrops. Nestling within these low lying hills is 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.

Recommend: Take your map and compass and use your Navigation Skills, it is one of the areas we use for training National Park volunteers.

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL6 The English Lakes South West. Buy Map
Start Point: SD 289891. Park in the small hamlet of Water Yeat and head first for Beacon Tarn.
Height to Climb: 232ms (760 feet)
Terrain: There is a clear track to the tarn but the higher lands to the south are more a question of sheep tracks to Blawith Knott. A good track leads from here back to the lower ground.
Eating & Drinking: Beacon Tarn is a fantastic spot for a picnic. There is nothing at Water Yeat, and Torver and Lewick Bridge are 3 miles in either direction.
Similar Walks Nearby: Fells over the Duddon Valley
A short climb to the Top O Selside
Coniston Old Man
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