Grizedale Tarn

Type; Natural
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Location; Grizedale Forest
Accessibility; Access Land
Grid Ref; SD 346 943
Elevation; 206 m (676 feet)
Size; 72 x 57 m (235 x 187 feet)
Area; 0.3 hectares (0.8 acres)
Depth; 2m (6½ feet)
Meaning of name; pigs valley tarn
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There are several tarns in Grizedale Forest, however only one is natural - Grizedale Tarn, which is also the only one named on the OS map. All the others are manmade, one simply having been built by Harold Brocklebank (the shipping magnate, who bought Grizedale Hall in 1903) for his son to sail his miniature steam yacht!

Grizedale Tarn is an attractive little tarn, lying in an ice-scoured hollow and overlooked by a small rocky knoll. It was used as an emergency water supply for Grizedale Hall during the Second World War, when the Hall was being used as an officers' Prisoner of War camp.