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Dockey Tarn



This is a charming little tarn found at a height of 1260ft on the fellside between Alcock Tarn and Nab Scar. In spite of its closeness to the ever popular ridge stretching from Rydal to Fairfield, this is a tarn that receives very few visitors indeed; almost reserved for the avid tarn hunter so to speak.

There aren’t any paths leading to the Dockey Tarn and to make it even more difficult to find, very few places exist where you can obtain a long distance view of the tarn. The most prominent sighting can be had from the corner of the wall that crosses the path on Nab Scar. And after saying that I should add that during the summer months the tarn is sufficiently hidden by the dense Bracken to hide it completely; if it hasn’t dried up altogether. Those lucky enough to catch a glimpse will usually be deterred from making the off path journey by the prospect of fighting their way back up through the Bracken to gain the main ridge again.

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18th January 2015 - Visiting the Lake District Tarns - Walk No 5
  Tarns between Grasmere and Nab Scar 5.3 mile 1800 ft
A591 - Dove Cottage - How Top Tarn - Whitemoss Common Tarn - Coffin route to Rydal - Nab Scar - Dockey Tarn - Alcock Tarn - How Top - A591
29th November 2008
  My first snow of the winter - Stone Arthur to Nab Scar 9.2 mile 3200 ft
A591 - Stone Arthur - Great Rigg - Fairfied - Great Rigg - Heron Pike - Nab Scar - Dockey Tarn - Alcock Tarn - How Top - Dove Cottage - A591

11th December 2005
  A walk from Grasmere to a new tarn, an old favourite and walk along a corpse road. 6.1 mile 2339 ft
Grasmere - Alcock Tarn - Heron Pike - Dockey Tarn - Nab Scar - Rydal - White Moss - Grasmere

David Hall -
Lake District Walks