Styhead Tarn

Coordinates: 54°28′41″N 3°12′10″W / 54.47806°N 3.20278°W / 54.47806; -3.20278
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Styhead Tarn
Styhead Tarn, looking across towards Borrowdale
Styhead Tarn is located in the Lake District
Styhead Tarn
Styhead Tarn
Styhead Tarn is located in the former Allerdale Borough
Styhead Tarn
Styhead Tarn
Location in Allerdale, Cumbria
Coordinates54°28′41″N 3°12′10″W / 54.47806°N 3.20278°W / 54.47806; -3.20278
Primary outflowsStyhead Gill
Basin countriesUnited Kingdom

Styhead Tarn is a tarn in the English Lake District, near the top of the Sty Head pass, at the head of Borrowdale. It is on the route from Wasdale to Borrowdale, and is therefore a well visited point in the Lake District. It is also passed by walkers ascending Scafell Pike from Borrowdale via the Corridor Route. It is permissible to fish the tarn which contains wild brown trout.

The Styhead Gill is the tarn's outlet which flows into the River Derwent.

Although no official confirmation yet exists, Styhead Tarn is believed to hold the English record for the highest monthly rainfall total,[1] at about 1430 mm in November 2009.[2]


  1. ^ Simons, Paul (25 November 2009). "Weather eye: The wettest habitable place in Britain". The Times.
  2. ^ "Extreme Monthly Rainfall: November 2009" (PDF). Brampton Weather Station.