Sunbiggin Tarn

Sunbiggin Tarn

Sunbiggin Tarn is a relatively large body of water situated alongside the minor Raisebeck to Whygill Head road as it cross Tarn Moor in the Orton Fells.

Sunbiggin Tarn and the surrounding moorland are a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). The tarn is a popular place for migrating birds and is also home to a long list of resident species. It is also apparently one of only three places in the UK where you can find the rare sandbowl snail.

Sunbiggin Tarn looking towards Wild Boar Fell
Sunbiggin Tarn looking towards Wild Boar Fell

Of all the tarns listed in this section it is possibly the easiest one to visit as there are plenty of roadside parking spaces by the tarn. I’ve only visited the tarn once, where I used it as a starting point for a superb walk to Beacon Hill and Great Asby Scar – a magnificent introduction to the limestone scenery of the Orton Fells.

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