11th October 2015

Red Tarn, Birkhouse Moor and Lanty's Tarn

Time 9:30am to 2:15pm
Duration 4 hr 45 min
Distance 6.6 mile
Ascent 2000 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Glenridding - Greenside Road - Greenside Mines - Red Tarn Beck path - Red Tarn - Birkhouse Moor - Lanty's Tarn - Glenridding
Fells visited
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Starting Point Information Centre -
Car park, Glenridding

Found in the centre of Glenridding, this car park fills up very quickly indeed. Not just because of the amount of walkers heading onto the Helvellyn fells, but with people just wanting to have a walk around the village. Arriving after mid morning during the summer months would be a bit of a hit and miss situation as far as getting a space goes.

To state the obvious; there is a charge for parking here.


Route Map


Today we head to Glenridding for a walk up to Red Tarn and across Birkhouse Moor. That's Birkhouse Moor right above us but we're not going straight up, we'll be walking around to the Helvellyn side of the fell and then walking back towards the top. It as very quiet here today and there seemed to be more cyclists than pedestrians heading out on their adventures.

Bill and Ben seem to be enjoying a bit of peace and quiet in their garden. I wonder if they must get fed up with people like me taking their photo.

Looking back down Greenside Road.

As we look ahead of towards Greenside Mines we see the cloud just and so touching the tops of the fells.

I believe this building was the explosives store for the mines. Concrete roof, metal door and built into the side of the fell. I think it also doubled up as the smoking shelter for the miners.

As we past the buildings at what was Greenside Mines, I cant help but wonder what this would have been like in't olden days when the place would have been busy with workmen & women. I suppose those people would have known no different but from a modern point of view it must have been an absolute nightmare of an existence.


Glenridding beck taken from the bridge just above the Hydro thingy,

These two guys passed us at the bridge and then a little bit further up the path we caught up with them and we were told "I think we've made our first mistake of the day". "Yeah, this one takes you to Red Tarn, the path to Keppel Cove is that one over there" After a brief conversation with us two, they took the 'short-cut' over the beck to reach the Keppel Cove path.


The cloud and the breeze made it a couple of degrees cooler at Red Tarn but not too cold to choose one of those big stones as somewhere to eat our dinner.

Red Tarn's outflow with the path up to Swirral Edge disappearing into the clouds.

We say goodbye to Red Tarn for another day and make our way across to the Birkhouse Moor path. Helvellyn is still in cloud, although I suspect it'll clear before long.

From the Birkhouse Moor path we look across to Catstye Cam.

Birkhouse Moor summit with a view across to Helvellyn and Catstye Cam.

Zooming in a little bit on Glenridding.

and not so close up.

Instead of continuing down the Mires beck route we carry straight on to reach Lanty's Tarn which is found in those trees down there. The path more or less follows the route of the wall.

Sheffield Pike and Glenridding Dodd seen the route down to Lanty's Tarn.

Poor Lanty's Tarn. After a dry spell like the current one it generally ends up looking like a big muddy puddle and is all but split in two.

and now seen from t'other end of the tarn.

Over there in the distance you can see the cottages we passed at the start of the walk and just to the left of (behind) the bright green tree are Greenside Mines. Despite the apparent height shown in this picture it's only a short walk from here back to Glenridding.

I take this picture looking back up to Birkhouse Moor as I wait for Jennifer to come out of the shop with two pieces of flapjack (that's one each). It's always an enjoyable walk this one and today it was brought to a close with a tasty treat eaten next to the car as we swap muddy boot for clean ones.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks