10th March 2015

Visiting the Lake District Tarns - Walk No 20

Muncaster Tarn


Walk Overview
Time 4:25 to 5:35pm
Duration 1 hr 10 min
Distance 3 mile
Ascent 600 ft
Walking with On my own
A595 (Nr Muncaster Castle) - Fell Lane - Muncaster Tarn - Muncaster Fell - Muncaster Tarn - Fell Lane - A595 (Nr Muncaster Castle)
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Roadside, A595, Muncaster Castle

This is actually a lay-by found just down the road from the main Muncaster Castle car park. On the occasions I've parked here it has been for no other reason than it's closeness to Muncaster Fell.


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


We're into March now, spring seems to have arrived and the days have lengthened enough for me to begin getting out for the occasional after work walk. This evening I'm on Muncaster Fell, mainly because it's quick and easy for me to get here, but also because the views are fantastic. Another example of high reward for little in the way of effort.

A view over to Stainton Pike and Whitfell.


Muncaster Tarn is soon reached and was looking as lovely as ever.

From the tarn I make my way across to Muncaster Fell.


Although I wasn't exactly far the madding crowd, they were still a reasonable distance away. In fact, they were just far enough away to let me enjoy ten minutes of utter peacefulness standing up here. No wind to speak of, clear views all around and the place was all mine. Yes, a great way to help bring the day to an end.

Some of Lakeland's biggest, seen from one of Lakeland's smallest.

Looking across to Yoadcastle, Stainton Pike, Whitfell and in the distance you see Black Combe.

A close up of Whin Rigg.


I'm back at Muncaster Tarn and the sun was now low enough to begin turning everything a nice golden colour. Sadly this tells me the day is almost at an end and I need to head back to the car.


There's quite a bit of work taking place in the area around the tarn. Tree felling, clearing out the undergrowth and stuff like that. It looks a bit muddy and messy at the moment but once it has time to settle down and get some new growth, I reckon it's make the place look much nicer than it did.

Here's a close up of the estuary on the northern end of Ravenglass.

All too soon the walk is almost over but well worth getting out even if it's only for an hour or so.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks