Talkin Tarn

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Coordinates: 54°55′19″N 2°42′36″W / 54.922°N 2.710°W / 54.922; -2.710 Talkin Tarn is a glacial lake and country park near Brampton, Cumbria, England.[1]

The Pleasure Boats at Talkin Tarn

The lake is a kettle hole lake, formed 10,000 years ago by mass glacial action.[2]

Rowing is an activity at Talkin Tarn. The rowing club, TTARC[3] (Talkin Tarn Amateur Rowing Club) celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2009. Rowing races were first held on Talkin Tarn in the 1850s and the Rowing Club was formed in 1859 by local townsfolk, several descendants of whom still live in the area. It is the oldest rowing club in the North of England with the exception of Tyne Rowing Club, and is the 14th oldest non-university club in the country.

Talkin Tarn Annual Regatta has grown considerably in recent years from a total entry of 20 in 1946 and 97 in 1988 to what it is today – very successful and one of the largest one day regattas outside London with total entries now in excess of 400.

The club is open to everyone and caters for those that want to compete, keep fit or just have a leisurely row around the Tarn. The membership age ranges from 10 to 74 and all new members of any age will be made most welcome.

TTARC has also won medals at the British Rowing Championships for both juniors and seniors and has also won medals at the Junior Inter Regional Regatta

Talkin Tarn is the home of a legendary pike, which supposedly lives in its waters, although few have witnessed it.

Research on climate change carried out at Talkin Tarn was published in 2004.[4]

Old buckles, stone axes and urns have been found in the area.


The name is of Brittonic origin. The Brittonic dialect known as Cumbric was formerly spoken in the area. According to A. M. Armstrong, et al., the first element, tal, means "brow" or "end" in Brittonic and modern Welsh, Cornish, and Breton. The second element is unclear. It may come from the Brittonic word which appears in Welsh and Old Cornish as can ("white") and Breton as kann ("bland, brilliant"). Talkin may be a hill-name meaning "white brow".[5] 'Tarn' is derived from Old Norse 'tjǫrn' and then Middle English 'terne' meaning 'small mountain pool' or 'small lake'.[6]

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  1. ^ Talkin Tarn Country Park
  2. ^ Talkin Tarn
  3. ^ TTARC
  4. ^ Reconstructing climate and environmental change in northern England through chironomid and pollen analyses: evidence from Talkin Tarn, Cumbria
  5. ^ Armstrong, A. M.; Mawer, A.; Stenton, F. M.; Dickens, B. (1950–52). The place-names of Cumberland. English Place-Name Society, vol.xx. Part 1. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. p. 89. 
  6. ^ Whaley, Diana (2006). A dictionary of Lake District place-names. Nottingham: English Place-Name Society. pp. lx,423 p.420. ISBN 0904889726.