8th March 2015

Visiting the Lake District Tarns - Walk No 19

Tarns above Bowness on Windermere


Walk Overview
Time 12 to 2:10 pm
Duration 2 hr 10 min
Distance 4.5 mile
Ascent 700 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Clearbarrow - School Knott Tarn - School Knott - Grandsire - Hag End - Borwick Fold - Borwick Fold Tarn - Borwick Fold - Outrun Nook - Clearbarrow
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Roadside parking, Clearbarrow, Windermere

A wide section of roadside at the junction of the B5284 and the turning for Clearbarrow allows parking for about 4 or 5 cars.

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


For the second of today's walks we drove a few miles further south and then up onto the high ground above Bowness. Admittedly this is not what you'd call an outing onto the Lakeland fells, but that's not to say a walk around here is any less enjoyable. The countryside is lovely and for most of the walk we had the place to ourselves.

There is lots of pleasant / easy walking on this route but our timing was a little bit off today. Had we waited for a couple of hours before setting off, we'd have enjoyed what turned out to be an almost perfect sunny afternoon.

School Knott Tarn is soon reached and before I had time to say "which way do you want to go now", , , , ,

, , , , Jennifer was half way around the tarn.



School Knott Tarn and Grandsire, taken from the path on School Knott.

and here's the view from the top of School Knott. Not bad for somewhere so easy to get to the top of.

A close up of the Langdales.



It seems to be brightening up now; just as forecast.


At the top of Grandsire.

What a difference once we were out of the wind and into the sunshine. Very spring like.


Just before reaching the tarn we pass through Borwick Fold. A really nice spot but perhaps just a bit too much out of the way.

As we walked past I sort of gave this a second glance and then the penny dropped and I realised it was a 'proper' well.
You don't see many of wells of this type around here so it kind of made the walk a little bit more special. Not sure how deep it is.

This is Borwick Fold Tarn; another one found on private land but still visible from nearby.



Looking back along the road to Outrun Nook (it's for sale) and Borwick Fold (the white building on the right).

What a lovely spot but you've probably guessed, Clearbarrow Tarn is private. Although, at least with this one you can walk across the field to get close to the tarn. We did this but the picture was crap so I haven't used it. Don't touch the fence though, , , it's electric.

Okay, I'm probably showing my ignorance of the subject but how do you stalk a fish. I would have thought they'd just swim off.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks