Cunswick Tarn

Type; Natural
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Location; 1½ miles NW of Kendal
Accessibility; private, but visible from footpaths
Grid Ref; SD 489 937
Elevation; 138m (454 feet)
Size; 145m x 68m (475 x 220 feet)
Area; 0.7 hectares (1.75 acres)
Depth; 3m (10 feet)
Meaning of name; the tarn near Cunswick Hall
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Cunswick Tarn lies to the west of Cunswick Scar, a limestone escarpment to the west of Kendal. It is fed by a spring on the Scar, but appears to have no surface outflow.

A footpath runs along the top of the Scar and drops down just north of the tarn, offering views and limited access from the northern end. Unfortunately, the escarpment is wooded to the very top so views down onto the tarn are not possible.

The north shore is quite well hidden from the marked footpath by reedbeds until you get to the NW corner, where a gate allows access. It is possible to cross the north shore and a little way down the wooded east shore.