11th April 2015

Visiting the Lake District Tarns - Walk No 34

Tarns between Kirkby Moor and Woodland


Walk Overview
Time 10:40am to 2:50pm
Duration 4 hr 10 min
Distance 9.7 mile
Ascent 2000 ft
Walking with On my own
Kirkby Moor - Great Burney - Grey Stone Moss - Little Burney - Subberthwaite Common - Tottlebank Height - Blawith Knott - Lang Tarn - Blawith Knott - Giant's Grave - Woodland Tarn - Woodland Church - Road back to Giant's Grave - Pewet Tarn - Knittleton (Blind) Tarn - Burney Tarn - Kirkby Moor
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Roadside spaces, Kirkby Moor

There are spaces here for about 4 cars but in the unlikely event of finding them full, other spaces can be found further along the road.

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


After giving the overnight rain more than enough time to clear, I find myself at the southern end of the Lake District for a walk in the lovely quiet Woodland Fell area. The narrow twisting road always make it feel like a long drive to get to this part of the lakes when in actual fact this is no further from home than many of the places I regularly walk. Thankfully there are a few short cuts I can take advantage of. The best one being the route over Corney Fell which cuts out the drive around the base of Black Combe. As I drove over Corney Fell this morning I stopped for a couple of minutes near the highest point on the road to reacquaint myself with the place I could have quite easily have been killed when I had a motorbike accident there 20 odd years ago. I have to admit a slight shiver went down my spine as I remembered going through mid air in what felt like slow motion, letting go of the bike and then it was rocks & sky, rocks & sky, rocks & sky, , , , , .

It doesn't last very long but it's a steep little climb up onto Great Burney from this side. From here I look across to Black Combe and the fells south of Eskdale. Down there you can see Burney Tarn. I'll be there later but not too close.

The wind must have been in a bad mood today, if the way it was blowing across the fells was anything to go by. This meant that the moments of sunshine I enjoyed today were somewhat fleeting.

Just across from the top of Great Burney you get this fantastic view looking over Blawith Knott and Tottlebank Height to the Coniston fells.


I'm off Great Burney now and walking through Subberthwaite Common as a route to get to Tottlebank Height; the small fell over there, directly above the farm house.

Tottlebank Height summit.


The water on this unnamed tarn shows how windy it was even at this low height today.
Talking about tarns that have no name. It seems strange that a tarn of this size failed to get a name yet only a short distance away someone has gone to the effort of giving us Lang Tarn. You'll see the point I'm making shortly.

Looking back to Tottlebank Height.

Blawith Knott summit.

And here's Lang Tarn; smallest named tarn in the Lake District. The walking pole was placed there to add scale.


A few minutes after leaving Lang Tarn and I'm back at the top of Blawith Knott summit.

Clearly artificial but still a nice spot.




As I was quite close anyway, I thought I'd walk down the road to Woodland Church which would coincide with me needing something to eat.

Inside the church.

and now outside the church.


Looking at the route, you may be thinking there's a bit too much road walking on this walk. And although much of the walk follows the road, the grass verge meant that I hardly spent any time at all walking on it.

Here I am at the site of the Ancient Settlement where I'd see the remains of lots of hut circles, enclosures and of course Pewet Tarn which is the main reason why I'm here.



Pewet Tarn

This Ancient Settlement
Is Protected as a
Monument of National
Importance Under the
Ancient Monuments Acts
1913 - 53
Ministry of Public Buildings & Works

A view back along the road shows the openness of the area. The black dot further along the road is a lady who was walking her dog. She was the only person I passed on the whole walk.

Next to the road is Knittleton (Blind) Tarn.

What can I say other than this was as close as I was ever going to get to Burney Tarn.


Burney Tarn; one of the boggiest tarns I've ever came across.

I'm almost back at the car now and as I look back I can't help but wonder why I don't walk here a bit more often.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks