3rd January 2015

Visiting the Lake District Tarns - Walk No 2

Moss Dub Tarn, Ennerdale


Walk Overview
Time 12:40 to 3:20pm
Duration 2 hr 40 min
Distance 8.3 mile
Ascent 1300 ft (doesn't feel this much)
Walking with On my own
Bowness Knott - Ennerdale Water - Ennerdale Forest - Moss Dub Tarn - High Gillerthwaite - Ennerdale Water - Bowness Knott
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Car park, Bowness Knott, Ennerdale Water

Difficult to reach, well perhaps it is a little, but Bowness Knott is in effect the gateway to the wonderfully remote Ennerdale Valley and therefore well worth the effort required to get here. The valley beyond the car park stretches for over six fantastic traffic free miles.

Parking is free and the car park always has plenty of empty spaces available.


Weather Readings

The Gadget
All readings were taken using a Kestrel 2000 Weather Meter
Live temperature recorded at the time I press the hold key
Maximum Wind Speed Maximum wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location Average Wind Speed
Average wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location
Wind Chill
Combination of wind speed and temperature. The gadget does the calculations not me.

Route Map


It had been a miserable morning in the north of England with a mixture of heavy rain, light rain and drizzle. So, after a morning in the house waiting for things to clear up, I decided to head out for a walk at Ennerdale.

As the track passes right next to the lake, I look across to Crags Fell and Anglers Crag.

Blimey, it looks like someone has had a rough night. I thought it strange that this dog was wandering about on it's own with no sign of it's owners. I wrongly assumed they must be about here somewhere, , , , more on this story later.

The River Liza flows towards Irish Bridge, and, , , ,

, , , , now it flows away from the bridge.

A close up of Pillar.

Up on my left hand side is Red Pike which is almost cloud free. Further through the valley it still looks quite cloudy. Perhaps the cloud is clearing across the county from west to east and this has turned out to be a good choice after all.

I'm on t'other side of the valley now and here I turn left and begin walking through the forest. Fantastic place to walk, but not the best place to come to take photos on a shady January afternoon.

Red Pike enjoyes the afternoon sunlight.

Great Borne and Starling Dodd both have a little bit of cloud on them but not for much longer.


Moss Dub Tarn.

Okay, I admit it's not the most attractive tarn in the Lake District but I didn't say I was only visiting the pretty ones.


I still had some daylight time to play with so rather than heading straight back I continued through the valley for a mile or so to reach this bridge which would get be back onto the correct side of the river.



Pillar and Pillar Rock seen from the bridge.

Looking up to Pillar and Steeple.

I'm back at the lake now and it was still surprisingly busy. This must be a popular place for locals. Between the end of the lake and the car park there was someone from 3 different groups of people who I knew.

The sun was going down, the valley was darkening and the tops of the higher fells were brightening up.

And to finish, here's a close up of Haycock. There's not much cloud up there now but the day is almost over so it makes no difference anymore.
You might be wondering about the dog. As I was changing my boots a guy and a young girl pulled up beside me and as they set off I was asked if I'd seen a Basset Hound. "I have actually, earlier this afternoon near the bottom of the Smithy Beck track". And off they went in an obvious hurry. I hope they found the dog but there wasn't much daylight time left to look for it.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks