Three Torver Tarns

Name of walk Three Torver Tarns
Date of walk 2014-08-05
Distance walked (miles) 6
Duration of walk 4 hours 0 minutes
Weather Overcast with occasional sunshine
Peaks on walk None
Walked with Ged and blind Kas
Parking Lay-by, near Torver, where Cumbria Way path crosses the road.

It was due to rain on Tuesday afternoon so we decided on a short walk that was not too far to drive to either. We parked in the lay-by where the Cumbria way path crosses the main road towards Torver, just past Sunny Bank. There are spaces for about six cars here. We arrived about 8.30am and were the only car. All the spaces were taken on our return. We would walk to Torver Low Common Reservoir, Kelly Hall Tarn and Long Moss Tarn and walk back along the Coniston Water Cumbria Way Lake Shore path. A gentle six mile walk.

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The Cumbria Way path that will lead us up the hill.

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The stepping stones across the river for the more adventurous.

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We take the bridge across the beck, which is quite full today after the recent heavy rain.

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View back to the bridge.

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Once we reach the top of the path, the Cumbria Way continues towards Beacon Fell, but we head off right for Torver Low Common Reservoir, now disused. View north from the dam.

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The tarn is quite big and just around the corner it continues on south, so we head for the southern end first.

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View to Beacon Fell.

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View from the southern end of the tarn.

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We head for the northern end on higher ground.

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Telegraph poles carrying power cables rather spoil the view over to Dow Crag and Coniston Old Man.

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We follow the track which will take us out on to the main road at Beckstones, just below the Land Rover dealership.

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We gain a bit of height for the view back to the tarn.

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The view towards the Land Rover dealership.

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We return to the tarn to look at the northern end.

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An old barn at Mill Bridge is being converted. The new house will have a wonderful position.

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The back of Beckstones as we head for the road.

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We cross the main road and walk the few minutes to Kelly Hall Tarn. This is one of my favourite places, having excellent views out to the Coniston Fells. It is less than a five minute walk from the main road, but is always deserted. Probably because a) No one knows it is here. b) Those that do know can't park their car because during the day the Land Rover dealership fill the two car parks with their cars and sod the rest of us! Surely they could leave a few spaces!

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Tranquility.

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Kas and me. Ged cuts the head off my reflection

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So I cut his head off! It looks like Ged is practicing levitation!

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We climb up behind the tarn and head for Long Moss Tarn.

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Long Moss Tarn peeking out on the right.

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At the far end is Coniston Water.

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There are good views along the lake in both directions. We have some lunch here and enjoy the views.

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View south.

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We head down to the tarn.

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We continue on the path that will lead us down to the lake shore to pick up the Cumbria Way path again.

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We head through a gate into the woods.

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Then on to the lake shore for lunch part two.

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Taking the lake shore path that will take us directly back to within 10m of my car.

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Sunny Bank jetty. Newly refurbished.

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The water looked quite inviting and very clear.

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We then headed back to the car. The walk was six miles long and we had taken four hours. Very easy walking. We had met no one on our walk until we reached the lakes shore path. We stopped off at The Royal Oak at Spark Bridge for a drink on the way home. They have pet rabbits in the Beer Garden!

Jo.

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