Blow Tarn

Blow Tarn

Blow Tarn is a seldom visited moorland tarn located on Pock Stones Moor right on the boundary between the national park and the Nidderdale AONB.

Situated half a mile from Washburn Head, Blow Tarn is also, via the originally named Tarn Gill, a source for the River Washburn. Views from the tarn include nearby Rochard Crags and, most impressively, a great view of the summit outcrops of Simon’s Seat to the south-west.

The view of Simon's Seat from Blow Tarn
The view of Simon’s Seat from Blow Tarn

When I visited the tarn it was on a bright summer’s evening in 2015. I took a long pathless approach from Greenhow via Katty White’s Allotments, the River Washburn and Rochard Crags. A much easier alternative would be a half mile detour from the Forest Road track which leads from Skyreholme into the upper Washburn valley via Little Pock Stones.

Looking down on Blow Tarn from Rochard Crags
Looking down on Blow Tarn from Rochard Crags

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