12th June 2015

Visiting the Lake District Tarns - Walk 54

Seathwaite Tarn

Time 1:20 to 3:40pm
Duration 2 hr 20 min
Distance 6 mile
Ascent 1100 ft
Walking with On my own
Seathwaite Church - road to bottom of Walna Scar Road - Seathwaite Tarn - and back
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre -
Parking spaces near Seathwaite Church, Duddon Valley

With only enough room for about four cars, this is somewhere that fills up very early in the day. The alternative is to park next to the Newfield Inn found a couple of minutes walk along the road.

Parking is free.


Route Map


I had two options for a tarns walk to Seathwaite Tarn. Arguably the better of the two would have been to include it on a longer walk including Dow Crag and Grey Friar or, as it turned out, waiting for a sunny Friday afternoon and having a shorter easier walk. Today is Friday, today is sunny, so here I am enjoying the second of my two options.


Well, I can't argue with anyone who says the countryside is really beautiful around here.

Here's Harter Fell seen a little further through the valley.

I continue along the road for a little while longer before heading up a track (which you can't really see from here) that runs through the left hand side of the picture.

Just past the couple of parking spaces the road comes to an end and you have two choices. Left will take you to Seathwaite Tarn and straight on will take you to Coniston.

I'm not going this way.

Harter Fell, taken as I make my way up to Seathwaite Tarn.

The dam at Seathwaite Tarn comes into view.

And here's the tarn with it's long sweeping dam.






Hopefully it'll stay in place for the next ten minutes while I walk along here. If it didn't, I'd be a strong contender for the 2015 being in the wrong place at the wrong time award.

The date on the plaque says 1907.



A close up of Slight Side and Scafell.


This final picture of Harter Fell was taken shortly before I reached the main Duddon Valley road. As I leaned on the gate admiring the place I couldn't help but remind myself that although I've always viewed Harter Fell as being an Eskdale fell, it's actually as much in Duddon Valley as Eskdale.

Inside Seathwaite Church.


When I emerged from the church it seemed like the end of the walk had coincided with the arrival of the 'thin veil of high cloud' which had been forecasted for late afternoon. Couldn't have timed it better.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks