Burnmoor Tarn

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Burnmoor Tarn
Burnmoor Lodge and Tarn - geograph.org.uk - 623991.jpg
Overlooking Burnmoor Tarn with Burnmoor Lodge in the foreground.
Location Lake District
Coordinates 54°25′41″N 3°15′34″W / 54.42814°N 3.25953°W / 54.42814; -3.25953Coordinates: 54°25′41″N 3°15′34″W / 54.42814°N 3.25953°W / 54.42814; -3.25953
Primary outflows Whillan Beck
Catchment area 6.02 km2 (2.32 sq mi)
Surface area 23.9 ha (59 acres)
Max. depth 13 m (43 ft)
Surface elevation 253 m (830 ft)

Burnmoor Tarn, on Eskdale Fell in Cumbria, England, is one of the largest entirely natural tarns in the Lake District. Its waters flow into Whillan Beck at the tarn's north-eastern corner, which immediately turns south and flows into Eskdale, joining the Esk at Beckfoot.[1] Burnmoor Lodge, a former fishing lodge, stands by the southern shore and a mediaeval corpse road runs past the eastern shore where it fords the beck.[2][3]

The tarn is one of the sites in DEFRA's UK Upland Waters Monitoring Network. It occupies 23.9 ha and lies at an altitude of 253 m in a moraine hollow on the uplands between Wastwater and Eskdale. The lake has two distinct basins close to the south-eastern shore and a maximum depth of 13 m. There are four main inflow streams to the north and north-west. The outflow at the eastern end joins the Hardrigg Beck which drains the slopes of Scafell and, in times of especially high flow, is partly diverted into the lake across a braided delta.[4]


  1. ^ "Burnmoor Tarn". www.knowledge.me.uk. Retrieved 2015-04-23. 
  2. ^ "UK UWMN Sites". uwmn.defra.gov.uk. Retrieved 2015-04-23. 
  3. ^ "View: Cumberland LXXIX.NE (includes: Eskdale.) - Ordnance Survey Six-inch England and Wales, 1842-1952". maps.nls.uk. Retrieved 2015-04-23. 
  4. ^ "UK UWMN Sites". uwmn.defra.gov.uk. Retrieved 2015-04-23.