22nd March 2015

Visiting the Lake District Tarns - Walk No 26

Tarns on Potter Fell


Walk Overview
Time 9:55am to 3:10pm
Duration 5 hr 15 mn
Distance 8.4 mile
Ascent 2000 ft
Walking with Jennifer and Rod Hepplewhite
Potter Fell Road - Side House - Potter Tarn - Un-named Top - Brunt Knott - Ulgraves - Upper Routen Beck Tarn - Lower Routen Beck Tatn - Upper Routen Beck Tarn - Middle Taggleshaw Tarn - High Taggleshaw Tarn - Gurnal Dubs - Low Taggleshaw Tarn - Gurnal Dubs - Potter Tarn - Ghyll Pool- Houndhowe - road back to car
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Roadside Parking, Potter Fell Road, near Staveley

This is little more than a wider section of grass verge with enough space for two or at a push three cars.

Route Map


We're in the far south east of the Lake District today for a tarn visiting walk up on Potter Fell. When we were planning the walk earlier in the week, we had expected a dry start with the likelihood of rain towards the end of the walk but what we got instead was the perfect spring day. It was an absolute pleasure walking here today in this quiet, gentle area of Lakeland.



As I said above, this is a nice quiet and gentle area of Lakeland.

Potter Tarn comes into view.



Our route took us right past the dam where we'd see the elaborate nature of the dam wall and the outflow itself.


No, the camera hasn't gone a but wonky, the wall really is that shape. The question is, why does the wall need to be so much higher than the water level.



We had very pleasant walking across here in the sunshine today. It's just a pity the distant views we so hazy.
That's Brunt Knott ahead of us.

Just below Brunt Knott we nip across to take a look at the pool with a fence / wall running through it.

Approaching Brunt Knott summit.

Brunt Knott summit and a very hazy view towards the far eastern fells.

We head cross country from Brunt Knott and make our way over to the wall you can see over there running up to the skyline. It was much drier under foot than I expected it to be up here.

Lunch with a view back up to Brunt Knott.

Making our way to Ulgraves. Sticking to this side of the wall provided us with gates and kept us out of the heathery, rough ground on t'other side.

Looking across to the southern arm of the Bannisdale Horseshoe.


A close up of Lower Routen Beck Tarn.

Here we look down to Longsleddale from the viewpoint on Ulgraves.

Upper Routen Beck Tarn.

Upper Routen Beck Tarn.

Lower Routen Beck Tarn. There was a lot of bird life around here but most notable for us were the five heron we saw.

A close up of Upper and Lower Routen Beck Tarns.

The first of the Taggleshaw tarns we visited was this one, Middle Taggleshaw. To say the least it's a bit overgrown.

Next was High Taggleshaw Tarn (also overgrown).

High Taggleshaw Tarn again.

On the way to Low Taggleshaw Tarn we passed by Gurnal Dubs. We'll be coming back this way shortly, , , ,



There are two tarns at Low Taggleshaw, this is the smallest but the one with more visible water.

We admire the view for a few minutes before backtracking towards Gurnal Dubs.

Okay, the three Taggleshaw tarns themselves might not be the prettiest tarns in the Lake District but for me, it's the area they're found in that has the appeal.



We're back at Gurnal Dubs now which was the biggest of the eight tarns we visited today.

The boat house and, , , ,

, , , the elaborate looking outflow.

Yes, a really lovely spot.

From Gurnal Dubs we walk over the higher ground to get back to Potter Tarn.



and lastly, we visit Ghyll Pool.


"That looks interesting, do you know when it was built"
"err, I think is was just before twenty five to eight in the evening"

Ghyll Pool has a very impressive vertical outflow, although there wasn't a huge amount of water there today. Jennifer said it would be good to see when it was frozen.

Just before twenty five to eight in the evening


You may not know this but England's smallest prison is found on the side of the fell below Ghyll Pool. Here's Jennifer trying to get a glimpse of the residents.

Just before raching the road we pass through the farmyard at Hundhowe.


David Hall -
Lake District Walks