7th June 2015

Visiting the Lake District Tarns - Walk 51

Four Stones Hill Tarn

Time 11:15am to 2pm
Duration 2 hr 45 min
Distance 5 mile
Ascent 900 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Burnbanks - side of Aika Hill - Four Stones Hill - Four Stones Hill Tarn - Measand Beck - Haweswater shore path - Burnbanks
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre -
Parking spaces, Burnbanks, Haweswater

There aren't many spaces here I'm afraid and parking is not allowed any further into the village. The good news (or bad news depending n your point of view) is that once these spaces are taken, there is room to park along the road outside the village.


Route Map


Today we find ourselves in Burnbanks to have a walk onto Four Stones Hill & tarn. Originally this tarn was to be included on a much longer walk taking us up onto the Wether Hill / High Raise ridge but, things got changed, walks were re-routed and were now here to enjoy a lovely little 5 mile walk.

Just above Burnbanks our route takes us around the side of the fell where we get this view of the countryside in the area.

You'll find very easy and very pleasant walking around here. You can chop & change which path you're walking on and you can simply wander anywhere you like. Once the bracken gets up this is a different story.




Heading up the last section of fellside below Four Stones Hill.

Found in a very small area indeed, you have the summit, the tarn and this ancient cairn. Just how ancient it is I've got no idea, but I'm sure some intelligent archeologist will have rummaged around up here and managed to date the cairn and probably worked out what It was used for.

The dam end of Haweswater seen from the top of Four Stones Hill

and to my right, looking towards the Mardale Head end of the lake.

About a minutes walk from the summit is Four Stones Hill Tarn.

Here's the cairn again. From here it looks like any other modern shelter. Perhaps ancient man (and woman) just built it so they could get out of the wind, eat their sandwiches and have a cup of tea while they were out fell walking.



Here are the two remaining stones on FOUR stones Hill.

Looking back up to Four Stones Hill.

Just before reaching the bridge I look into Fordingdale Bottom where I'm reminded of the day a few years ago when I followed the beck all the way to its source and then onto High Raise.

and here's the bridge.

Cross the bridge, turn left and then head into the area of newly planted native woodland. The narrow path takes you down to Haweswater where you pass by some really nice waterfalls. Although, they're not the easiest to view because of all the trees next to the beck.

Below us is Haweswater and running close to the lake, you can see the path we'd follow back to Burnbanks.

I take the shortest of de-tours to see one of the many waterfalls. As I said, they're not the easiest to view.


This picture was taken as I stuck the camera between the wire on the deer fence. Way down there at the far end of the lake is Harter Fell.

On the final section of path before reaching Burnbanks.


As I leave the woodland path to take a closer look at the bluebells, , , , ,

, , , , , Jennifer spots a red squrrel on one of the trees.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks