Widdale Little Tarn

Widdale Little Tarn

Widdale Little Tarn is the smaller of two tarns located closely together a short distance to the north-west of the summit of Great Knoutberry Hill.

The two tarns can be reached fairly easily from the summit Great Knoutberry Hill and are certainly worth seeking out with Widdale Little Fell slightly further away than its larger neighbour. The views from the tarn are excellent, particularly northwards to Wild Boar Fell and the valley of Mallerstang.

Looking down on Widdale Little Tarn with Wild Boar Fell in the distance
Looking down on Widdale Little Tarn with Wild Boar Fell in the distance

Thanks to the recent and rather odd addition of a grouse butt in the middle of the tarn, Little Widdale Tarn is easily identifiable. Walking out on the little stone causeway and standing in the grouse butt surrounded on all sides by the tarn is a fairly unique experience.

On Widdale Little Tarn's grouse butt causeway in 2012
On Widdale Little Tarn’s grouse butt causeway in 2012

Back in June 2004 I visited both Widdale tarns on a beautiful summer’s day on one of my earliest walks in the Dales. It was the first time I’d encountered an upland tarn in nice weather and my love of tarns can be traced back to that day. For that reason both Widdale Tarns will always hold a special place in my heart.

Widdale Little Tarn on my first visit in June 2004 before the construction of the grouse butt
Widdale Little Tarn on my first visit in June 2004 before the construction of the grouse butt

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