Lanty's Tarn, Keldas, and Patterdale Circular

A short and pleasant circular stroll to Lanty's Tarn, and to the small knoll of Keldas for the views. Dropping down to Patterdale you return alongside the road on various permissive footpaths.

Lanty's Tarn was named in the 18th century after the owner Lancelot Dobson, Lanty being a lakeland diminutive of Lancelot. It was later owned by the Marshall family of Patterdale Hall, now an outdoor education centre, who enlarged the natural tarn by damming its outflow and used it for fishing. In winter ice was collected and stored in a nearby ice house for use in summer.

Situated half-way between Glenridding and Patterdale on the lower slopes of Birkhouse Moor before it falls finally into Ullswater, it is a beautiful tranquil spot. Even in the bleak midwinter it made for a charming spot sitting amongst the larches eating lunch.

There is parking in the centre of Glenridding in the Lake District National Park Authority pay and display car park and at the Ullswater Steamers car park, where cheap rates in the winter months may be preferable.