26th April 2015

Visiting the Lake District Tarns - Walk No 40

Kemp Tarn


Walk Overview
Time 9 to 10:30am
Duration 1 hr 30 min
Distance 3.2 mile
Ascent 600
Walking with Jennifer
Staveley - Brow Lane - Kemp Tarn - Reston Scar - Black Crag - road back to Staveley
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Car park, Staveley village

This is quite a large car park, but very popular indeed. Not least because it is found next to Wilf's Café, which to say the least, is one of the best in the Lakes.

Parking is free.


Route Map


We're in the Staveley area today for two short walks taking in four tarns. The first of them was from the village itself and offers a lovely walk in some nice countryside. Today, we had an added bonus because we were treated to plenty of sunshine even if there was little in the way of heat coming from it.

We soon find ourselves above Staveley and following the farm track up to Kemp Tarn and Reston Scar.


Kemp Tarn sits quietly above Staveley on a small(ish) area of gentle fellside where you can spend a very enjoyable time wandering about in almost any direction that takes your fancy.


"I wonder what the letter M is for"
"I assume it's for Mary"
"Yeah, , , you know, that woman who had a little lamb"

A view from Reston Scar.

Reston Scar summit cairn.

A close up of Ings with the A591 curving its way through the village and on towards Windermere. There are speed cameras down there so some of those cars might want to slow down a bit.

I'm all for planting trees but if you want to enjoy this view you're best come along before you're too late.


From here you get a great view through Kentmere towards the higher fells beyond.

And here's a better view through the valley.

On Black Crag we looked down to the road through the valley and across to Brunt Knott.

Looking across to Brunt Knott.


David Hall -
Lake District Walks