Harrop Tarn above Thirlmere

Harrop Tarn is a classic glacial tarn in a high corrie with the impressive Tarn Crags around its southwest shores. Its water comes from the Ullscarf catchment area above bringing with it much sediment which is gradually silting up the tarn as shown by the great swaths of sedge grass around its edge. At best it is only 4m (4 yards) deep. The outfall drops north west down Dob Gill to reach Thirlmere reservoir. Effort was obviously made many years ago to stone pitch the path alongside the gill to the tarn however it does not appear to have received much maintenance for many years.

The bridleway marked on the map on the other side of the gill that we use to get back to the parking place is a little tricky to find but once on it is short and sweet.

Park at the United Utilities Dobgill pay and display car park.