Loughrigg Tarn

Type; Natural
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Location; Loughrigg
Accessibility; Permissive Footpath
Grid Ref; NY 344 043
Elevation; 97 m (318 feet)
Size; 371 x 277m (1205 x 900 feet)
Area; 10 hectares (24.7 acres)
Depth; 12m (39 feet)
Meaning of name; tarn on the ridge above the lake
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Loughrigg Tarn, located just south of Loughrigg Fell is a real gem. Almost circular, it has fine views west to the Langdale Pikes and north to Loughrigg Fell rising above. The western and northern shores are grassy whilst those to the east have a few rock outcrops. The south tends to be marshy.

It is possible to walk around the tarn by means of footpaths and permissive paths. The main path leads from a stile beside the road west of the tarn to Tarn Foot around the north of the tarn whilst a less-used path completes the circuit to the south. The latter does tend to be boggy though.

There is also a lovely view of the tarn looking over a gate by the road to the south-west, looking across at the cottages and Loughrigg Fell on the other side.