10th March 2012

Tarns on Claife Heights, Windermere, High Wray and Latterbarrow from Hawkshead


Walk Overview
Time 09.30 to 15.00
Duration 5 hr 30 min
Distance 10.6 mile
Ascent 2100 ft
Walking with Neil Haselwood and Simon Howard
Hawkshead - Colthouse - Rough Hows - Hollin Band Plantation - Wise Een Tarn - Moss Eccles Tarn - Scale Head on Claife Heights - Belle Grange Beck - Windermere - High Wray Bay - High Wray - Latterbarrow - Colthouse - Hawkshead
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Car park, Hawkshead

Despite the size of this car park, the popularity of Hawkshead makes it a bit of a hit and miss affair as far as getting a space goes. If you do manage to get parked then you're in for a real treat because Hawkshead really does give you a glimpse back in time.

Needless to say there is a substantial charge the privilege of parking here.


Route Map

Not long after setting out we passed by this insignificant looking wall and doorway. It is in fact the entrance to the Quaker burial ground which was established in 1658 from land purchased from George Braithwaite, a yeoman farmer from Town End, for the sum of £4. The first record of a burial was that of Agnes Rigg of High Wray on 10th February 1659. Prior to the building of the meeting house the burial ground doubled as a meeting place.


There wasn't much height gained on this walk, but the somewhat isolated location of this little area gives you some lovely views, not just of the countryside but of the higher fells. Up there on the left is Wetherlam under cloud.

There are lots of tarns in this area, some are big, some are small and some are overgrown. This is of the latter description.

Despite the forecast for a day of drizzle and persistent low cloud, it was lifting and clearing up to show the fells acros to the east. The fell in the centre of the picture is Wansfell Pike.

Raining at Scale Head Tarn. Although almost all the tarns on Claife Heights are man made, we couldn't work out what benefit there was to damming this tarn.

One of the bigger tarns is Wise Een Tarn.
In the far distance you can make out the shape of the Langdale Pikes.

and not far away is Moss Eccles Tarn where we were lucky enough to get a few minutes of sunshine.

I did say a couple of minutes. By the time we'd walked a little way around the tarn the sunshine had gone.

This is the path to Far Sawrey.

Scale Head, one of the many lumps, bumps and pointy bits scattered around Claife Heights.

The trees have gone and we get a view across to Troutbeck and the Ill Bell ridge.

That's the way down to Windermere shore.

Talk about slippery. The concentration needed just to stay upright made this the hardest part of the walk.

Belle Grange.

Almost a rainbow across the front of the Fairfield Horseshoe.

While we were having a bite to eat this uninvited guest turned up.
If you'd passed at this time you'd have seen three grown men with nervous looks on their faces.

A close up of Low Pike, High Pike and the the area below Dove Crag summit.
The valley on the left is Rydal and on the right is Scandale.

Not quite as close up this time, but now showing Red Screes and Wansfell Pike.

The lake shore path (track).

No jostling for seats today, although it might be a different story in the middle of summer.

Just outside High Wray I took this picture looking across to the Langdale Pikes.

Leaving Windermere behind, we headed across these fields to High Wray.


I'm not sure this is all about although I suspect there's more to it than simply trying to stop people opening the gate.

Windermere, seen here from the path up Latterbarrow.
The two dark pointed fells in the distance are Froswick and Ill Bell. The bulky fell on the left is Red Screes.

Latterbarrow summit.


A close up of Hawkshead.

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David Hall -
Lake District Walks