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Beacon Tarn



Despite the fact that I don't visit Beacon Tarn or indeed this whole area as often as I should, I have to say that each time I approach the tarn from the south, I've had one of the most pleasing 'surprise views' the Lake District has to offer. As you pass over the crest next to Wool Knott, Beacon Tarn gradually comes into view, but the eye is immediately drawn beyond the tarn and onto the outline of Coniston Old Man and Dow Crag. The tarn itself simply providing the perfect foreground for a view of the distant fells. The day I took these photos was without doubt the faultless winters day of blue sky, sunshine and no wind, and even though the ground was semi frozen from the previous nights frost, the western side of the tarn was still more than a little wet under foot. Thus far, I'd only came into contact with a handful of other walkers, all of which were keen to pass on the seasons greetings and to comment on the glorious weather. However, ascending Beacon Fell was a different tale altogether. I don't think I've seen so many people at the summit of a fell since the last time I was on Scafell Pike or Helvellyn.




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Beacon Tarn is such an impressive tarn that some people might be tempted to say it's a shame that it isn't found high among the fells, where a more dramatic location would give the tarn a taste of the grandeur it deserves. Instead, and thankfully, it is found here, on a somewhat obscure tract of lower ground to the south of Tover. This really is in such a lovely spot, a gentle, undulating landscape and a real pleasure to explore.

The name Beacon comes from the fell just to the north, which, rising to a height of over 800ft provided the ideal place for our ancestors to locate one of the many beacons used to warn people of invasion, particularly the Scottish raids which were taking place up to the early fifteenth century.












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24th May 2015 - Visiting the Lake District Tarns - Walk No 47
  4 tarns on Torver Commons 7.7 mile 1500 ft
Beckstones - Kelly Hall Tarn - Long Moss Tarn - Coniston Water - Sunny Bank - Stable Harvey Moss - Beacon Tarn - Beacon Fell - Stable Harvey Moss - Torver Tarn - Mill Bridge - Beckstones

28th December 2008
  Blue sky and sunshine at Beacon Tarn 4.8 mile 900 ft
Blawith - Houkler Hall - Cockenskell - Beacon Tarn - Beacon Fell - Beacon Tarn - Cockenskell - Houkler Hall - Blawith

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