11th July 2015

Visiting the Lake District Tarns - Walk 60

Tarns near Gummer's How

Time 10:40am to 1:50pm
Duration 3 hr 10 min
Distance 7.3 mile
Ascent 900ft or there abouts
Walking with  
Gummer's How car park - Gummer's How Tarn - Sow How Farm - Sow How Tarn - Middle Tarn - Sow How Tarn - Simpson Ground Reservoir - Simpson Ground Allotment - Poor House Allotment - Foxfield - Sow How Farm - Gummer's How car park
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre -
Car park, Gummers How

Found at the southern end of Windermere, Gummer's How is a very popular little fell, and with only four hundred or so feet of ascent from the car park to the summit, it proves to be a firm favourite with families.


Route Map


Today, I'll start by offering a picture of a very short section of Windermere seen from the roadside next to the Gummer's How car park.

After a short walk along the road I make my way through the woods to Gummer's How Tarn.

Gummer's How Tarn.

and the dam that holds the water in place.




I double back from the tarn and then turn onto the road towards Sow How Farm.

Heading towards Sow How Tarn.

Here's Sow How Tarn. It's private but the path passes close by so you're still able to get a decent view.

The boathouse.

After a cautious walk through a field full of cows I find myelf in the woods and heading to Middle Tarn.


and here's Middle Tarn. It seems to be a very popular spot for dragonflies.

It's a bit of a higgledy-piggledy route i'm doing today so here I am back at Sow How Tarn where I'd retrace my steps almost as far back as the farm.

I pass by the side of this lovely hay field where I'm accompanied by the sound of the local skylark population and that nice summer smell of recently cut grass,

Woodland on route to Simpson Ground Reservoir.

The very long dam / embankment at Simpson Ground Reservoir.




Lunch with a view. A very peaceful place indeed.

Rather than head straight back up through the woods I take a 'variety is the spice of life' approach and opt for the more open route through the farmland in the area.



Foxfield is walked through and as nice as it is, I can't help but think it's a bit too much out of the way and must be difficult for anyone living here to get to most places..

and looking back.


Looking across to Whitbarrow Scar.


I follow the winding country lane back to Sow How Farm.

Well, I really enjoyed that walk through the lovely countryside in this area. Simpson Ground Reservoir was new to me, as was the route back to Sow How Farm so that was a real bonus. Along the way I noticed lots of options for future expeditions so with a bit of effort on my part I'll hope to find myself back here before too long.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks