13th March 2015

Visiting the Lake District Tarns - Walk No 21

Floutern Tarn


Walk Overview
Time 1:45 to 3:45pm
Duration 2 hr
Distance 4.4 mile
Ascent 1300 ft
Walking with On my own
Bowness Knott - south / west side of Herdus - Steel Brow - Floutern Tarn - Floutern Cop - and back down
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.


Route Map


Bowness is passed a couple of minutes after setting out.
Hands up if you can remember when Ennerdale Show used to be held in one of the fields next to the house.

The walk starts with a short walk back along the road to a point just past the end of the road you see here. Then I walk up through the dead bracken and around to the opposite side of the big fell on the right of the picture.

If you were in this part of the world yesterday you'll be aware of how much rain fell out of the sky. No wonder the becks were full and the ground was so soggy.

A little bit of height is gained and I look across Ennerdale to Crag Fell. I know it's called Ennerdale Water but around here we just say Ennerdale. I'd never dream of saying to someone that I've just been for a walk near "Ennerdale Water".

Turning around for a picture of Bowness Knott.



Well, that's the steep bit done and now I make my way across to the skyline to the right hand side of Floutern Cop (the pointed bit).

On route I pass by the big sheepfold.

In less then five minutes of off path walking from the skyline (previously mentioned) I reach Floutern Tarn.

Floutern Tarn again, this time from t'other end.

If you want to see this view, turn away from the tarn, walk forward about ten paces and stand on the big rock.

Only a short walk from the tarn and I'm standing on Floutern Cop. Straight in front of me is Hen Comb. Behind that is Mellbreak and behind that, under cloud, are the Grasmoor fells.

Floutern Tarn seen from Floutern Cop. In the distance are Starling Dodd and Red Pike which is under cloud.

Needless to say I walked round this bit.

Looking back to Floutern Cop.

Ennerdale comes back into view as I begin the descent back down to valley level.


That was a nice little afternoon walk, even though the sunshine I had when I left home didn't bother following me as far as Ennerdale.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks