Grisedale Tarn

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Grisedale Tarn
St Sunday crag and Grisedale tarn.jpg
LocationLake District, Cumbria
Coordinates54°30′00″N 3°0′30″W / 54.50000°N 3.00833°W / 54.50000; -3.00833Coordinates: 54°30′00″N 3°0′30″W / 54.50000°N 3.00833°W / 54.50000; -3.00833
Basin countriesUnited Kingdom
Surface area11 hectares (27 acres)[1]
Grizedale (1883) by Sidney Richard Percy

Grisedale Tarn is a tarn in the Lake District between Fairfield and Dollywagon Pike.

It is the legendary resting place of the crown of the kingdom of Cumbria, after the crown was conveyed there in 945 by soldiers of the last king, Dunmail, after he was slain in battle with the combined forces of the English and Scottish kings.

Grisedale Tarn is 538 metres (1,765 ft) in altitude[1] and has a maximum depth of around 33 metres (108 ft).[1] It holds brown trout, perch and eels.[2] The outflow is to Ullswater to the north-east, picking up all of the rainfall from the eastern face of Dollywagon Pike.

The Tarn is the subject of a poem by the Rev. Frederick William Faber printed in 1840.[3]

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  1. ^ a b c "UK Lakes Detail - Grisedale Tarn". Centre for Ecology and Hydrology. Archived from the original on 2016-06-11. Retrieved 2017-02-11.
  2. ^ Blair, Don: Exploring Lakeland Tarns: Lakeland Manor Press (2003): ISBN 0-9543904-1-5
  3. ^ Faber, Rev. Frederick William (1840). "XCI - Grisedale Tarn". The Cherwell Water-Lily and Other Poems. London: Gilbert and Rivington. pp. 314–317. Retrieved 2007-09-26.