Broadcrag Tarn

Type; Natural
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Location; ¼ mile south-west of Scafell Pike
Accessibility; Access Land, no direct footpath
Grid Ref; NY 213 069
Elevation; Around 2800 feet
Size; very small
Depth; 0.5m (1½ feet)
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Broadcrag Tarn is supposedly the highest tarn in England, although my OS maps imply that neighbouring Foxes Tarn is higher. Even the Ordnance Survey themselves cannot be sure since the latest revisions of the maps were made using aerial surveys. The only way to be certain would be a difficult (and expensive) ground survey, which is unlikely to happen.

The tarn lies on a small grassy shelf amidst the barren landscape of crags and screes. To the east can be seen the upper reaches of Eskdale with Bow Fell and Crinkle Crags beyond.