Kelly Hall Tarn, Coniston

Kelly Hall Tarn, Torver Common, Lake District

Kelly Hall Tarn near Coniston

I discovered this beautiful little tarn when I was researching my book Waterside Walks in Cumbria and the Lake District. One of the walks in the book passes beside it.

A ‘tarn’ is a mountain lake or pool, formed in a hollow excavated by a glacier. The word is derived from the Old Norse word tjörn meaning pond. It is a commonly used term for lakes and pools in the mountainous areas of Cumbria.

Kelly Hall Tarn is a particularly attractive example and is located on Torver Back Common near Coniston, in the Lake District. You can frame the tarn with a backdrop of spectacular mountains, which include ‘The Old Man of Coniston’.

Location info: From Coniston, Cumbria follow the A593 to Torver. Turn left onto the A5084 and travel for 0.7 miles until you reach a garage at Beckstones. Park opposite the garage and walk up the track and onto the Common. The tarn is a short walk away. Grid Reference: SD 288 932.