9th April 2015

Visiting the Lake District Tarns - Walk No 33

Two tarns near Nether Wasdale


Walk Overview
Time 5 to 7pm
Duration 2 hr
Distance 4.5 mile
Ascent not much
Walking with Kayleigh Turnbull
Cinderdale Bridge - Mill Place - Scale Bridge - Woodhow Tarn - Wast Water - Lund Bridge - Woodhow - Flass Tarn - Cinderdale Bridge
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Roadside, Nether Wasdale

This is somewhere that I don't seem to walk from very often, which is a shame because there is some lovely countryside in this area. On a few of the times I have began walks here I've simply parked the car in the roadside parking area next to the church. Now, we're asked politely to use the car park 450 yards further down the road.


Route Map


The good weather continues and not wanting to waste a nice evening, we head out for a walk through the countryside around Nether Wasdale, which by a pre-planned coincidence included two tarns for me to visit.

Dominating the valley and in view for almost the whole walk are the screes and crags below Illgill Head and Whin Rigg.

Approaching Mill Place. Even though the farm yard has a clear path through it and two farmers both gave us a friendly hello, I can't help but feel like I'm an intruder when I walk through these places.


Scale Bridge.

Looking ahead we see Buckbarrow and Middle Fell, two more options for evening walks now that the lighter nights are here.

A short out and back de-tour took us to Woodhow Tarn. It's not the easiest tarn to get up to and I suspect it would look much 'prettier' if the sun hadn't been shining towards us.


Shame it was so hazy but this was more than made up for by the blue sky and warm sunshine we were enjoying.



Looking across to The Screes.

After a short walk along the road we reach the side of Wast Water, admire the view a a while and then turn sharp right to head towards Wasdale Hall.

Wast Water reflections.

Into the grounds of Wasdale Hall we go.

Looking down Wast Water to Yewbarrow, Kirk Fell and Great Gable.


Straight across from us is the craggy side of Whin Rigg.

Wast Water narrows at this end of the lake and then immediately widens again to give this sheltered area of calm water. If you're going to get reflections anywhere this is the spot.

Lund Bridge.

Whin Rigg seen here from the fields near Woodhow Farm.

Buckbarrow and Middle Fell.

The last place we visited this evening was Flass Tarn. A reedy little tarn set among some lovely countryside and, tonight was looking particularly nice with the setting sun lighting the area up.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks