Red Tarn (Langdale)

Type; Natural
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Location; Oxendale, Great Langdale
Accessibility; Access Land
Grid Ref; NY 268 037
Elevation; 526m (1726 feet)
Size; 175 x 50 m (575 x 180 feet)
Area; 0.63 hectares (1.5 acres)
Depth; 1.5m (5 feet)
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This Red Tarn, there being two of them, is less well-known than its namesake under Helvellyn since it does not lie on such a popular walking route - nor is it in such a dramatic setting. High up on the saddle between Oxendale and Wrynose Bottom, it lies in glacial drift between Cold Pike and Pike of Blisco. Shallow and elongated, in an isolated location it is still attractive. There are still signs of the old mines that were worked around the area, mainly for iron which gave the rocks their red colour and the tarn its name. The tarn has one inflow, from the south, in addition to seepage from the fells around and discharges to the north, into Browney Gill which flows down into Oxendale Beck and thence Great Langdale Beck.

Red Tarn can only be accessed on foot, the shortest and easiest route being that from Three Shires Stone at the summit of Wrynose Pass, about a mile to the south. Another path leads up from Dungeon Ghyll in Great Langdale before splitting just before the tarn, the right-hand fork leading up to Crinkle Crags to the north-west.