11th January 2015

Visiting the Lake District Tarns - Walk No 4

High Nook Tarn


Walk Overview
Time 9:05am to 12:20pm
Duration 3 hr 15 min
Distance 6.1 mile
Ascent 700 ft
Walking with Jennifer and Paul Sharkey
Fangs Brow - Holme Beck - above Holme Wood - High Nook Tarn - High Nook Farm - Maggie's Bridge - Loweswater - Hudson Place - Jenkinson Place - Fangs Brow
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Roadside parking at the top of Fangs Brow, Loweswater

This is another of the many roadside areas in the Lake District which have been adopted as a permanent, yet unofficial car park. At a push you might get ten small cars along here and although I rarely see no cars at all here, I can usually manage to find a space.

A gate in the wall next to the parking spaces leads directly onto the track which runs all the way to High Nook Tarn, taking in views of Loweswater and the north western fells along the way.


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


"I'd never have guessed that, I mean, they look nowt like each other"
"why should they, they're not related"
"but you said they were twins"
"they are, but not to each other"

We set off from Fangs Brow in the direction of Burnbank Fell. Instead of heading up there however, we turned off to the left to walk around the side of the fell instead.

Loweswater seen in front of Fellbarrow and Low Fell. In the distance and looking a bit grim, are the Grasmoor fells.

We're heading for High Nook Tarn today by way of the higher level path above Loweswater and Holme Wood. This is a lovely route across here, where for hardly any effort you're treated to views like this one looking across Loweswater to Crummock Water and the Grasmoor Fells.

Admiring the view over Loweswater to Fellbarrow, Darling Fell and Low Fell.

The track follows the contours of the fellside to take us across Holme Beck and along the side of Carling Knott.

Despite gaining very little height since we'd set off, we now walk almost a mile downhill to High Nook Tarn.

Looking across to Mellbreak and Hen Comb.


High Nook Tarn (just) visible under Black Crag.

High Nook Tarn seen in front of the zigzag route up to Fothergill Head, where you have the choice of turning left to Gavel Fell or right to Blake Fell.

We walk a short distance from the tarn to get a slightly better vantage point while Jennifer tests the depth of the tarn.

When we got back down Jennifer suggested walking around the tarn. "Okay, but we'll have to walk around the slightly higher ground to avoid the boggy bit".


Not everything in life is as it would first appear to be is it? Here for example you have a perfectly innocent looking patch of grass, , , but.
if you happen to stand on it as we did, it felt like we'd just stepped onto a water bed and it looked like a fat blokes belly wobbling about.
In this picture my assistant demonstrates what happens when you stand here. Step off it and the grass springs back into shape.

Now we make our way down to High Nook Farm.

High Nook Farm is another one of those places where it feels like the clocks stopped sometime towards the end of the 1960s. Sadly, this one looks like that's when they decided to stop tidying the place up. It's a right tip!

Looking up to Carling Knott.

and now looking across to Mellbreak.

Black Crag / Gavel Fell on the left and Carling Knott on the right. Earlier in the walk we'd walked above the tree line.

Darling Fell and Low Fell.

High tide at Loweswater.



Loweswater Bothy.

I realise I'm running out of funny things to say about this so, , , ,
, , , , here's a picture of a tree that looks like it has a door in it.

Before beginning the walk up to Hudson Place I take this picture down the lake to Grasmoor in the distance.

"Don't look at me, I haven't come to feed you"

From Hudson Place the route takes us across the fields near Jenkinson Place and Iredale Place. A really nice section of footpath with a great view if you stop walking and turn around.

Iredale Place in front of Fellbarrow and Low Fell.


A final picture for today is this one taken just before we get back to the track we set out on. We're back in the wind now and the rain was starting to fall so our timing turned out to be quite good today.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks