Styhead Tarn

Type; Natural
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Location; Sty Head, Central Fells
Accessibility; Access Land
Grid Ref; NY 221 098
Elevation; 437m (1434 feet)
Size;

230 x 160 m (750 x 520 feet)

Area; 1.97 hectares (4.86 acres)
Depth; 8.5m (29 feet)
Meaning of name; tarn at the top of the path
Alternative name(s); Hederlangtern (old Norse)


Located between Great Gable and Seathwaite Fell, Styhead Tarn is on the popular route to Scafell Pike from Seathwaite. It lies in a hollow scooped out of glacial deposits and is dammed by scree that has fallen from Aaron Slack, above to the west. The tarn itself is not overly impressive, but the setting certainly is - with Great Gable and Green Gable to the west, Seathwaite Fell to the east and Great End to the south. In the far distance to the north, it is possible to see as far through Borrowdale to Skiddaw.