19th April 2015

Visiting the Lake District Tarns - Walk No 37

Tarns around Over Water


Walk Overview
Time 9 to 11:30am
Duration 2 hr 30 min
Distance 6.3 mile
Ascent 600 ft or there abouts
Walking with Jennifer
Binsey Cottage - Whitefield Cottage - Overwater Hall - Little Tarn - Orthwaite - road towards Longlands - Chapelhouse Reservoir - Chapel House Farm - Over Water - Whitefield Cottage - Binsey Cottage
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Roadside parking, Binsey Cottage

There isn't much room along here I'm afraid; four cars if you're lucky. Then again, and quite wrongly in my opinion, Binsey has a reputation of being an "also visited" fell, so the chances are that you'll still get a parking space.


Route Map


After yesterdays wall to wall sunshine I couldn't help think it was a shame we couldn't have had two sunny days in a row but that's life I suppose. On the plus side, this walk still seemed to fit in nicely with Jennifer's sore knee. I guess she had the knee equivalent of 24hr flu because it's fine now and it was fine the day before. Anyway: a nice easy walk like this along quiet country lanes was just right for us today.

Looking across to the Skiddaw fells.

Before too long we get to the grounds of Overwater Hall.

Our route took us past the stunning Overwater Hall, now a hotel.

Looking across the fields to Binsey.


Yes, it's cute lamb season.

The first tarn today was Little Tarn which, as the name suggests, isn't very big.


After walking through a couple more fields we arrive at the little hamlet of Orthwaite (Orth't).


Over Water seen from the road between Orthwaite and Longlands.



Zooming in on Chapelhouse Reservoir. I know we talk funny around here but this one is pronounced Chapless.

We've gained a little bit of height now and we can look back through the valley and see just how big Over Water really is.

Just short of reaching Longlands we left the road to head down to the dam end of Chapelhouse Reservoir. Here I look back along the track to see Longlands Fell.


Chapelhouse Reservoir.



It doesn't feel like we'd walked far enough up hill to get to this sort of height but I guess we must have. In the distance you can see Skiddaw is now topped with cloud.





And here's a final picture of Over Water, taken from the walk back up the road to the car. Yes, it was a nice little walk this one, but if I were to make a suggestion, it would be to do this on a sunny day or better still, a nice sunny summer evening. As the saying goes "I'll be back".

David Hall -
Lake District Walks