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.
Walk height profile
note that gradients are usually grossly exaggerated
From the car park take the signposted path to the left of the toilet block and disabled parking area. Zigzag up the stone pitched path through the trees to the gateway in the deer fence.
Go through the gate and continue following the path round to the right of a rocky outcrop, after a while bear left heading for a ravine.
The gradient eases after a while and the path becomes a gentle stroll through the trees. The tarn hoves into view, and the path joins the forest track.
Cross the wooden footbridge over the tarn outfall, and bear left into the vague depression of an ancient path through woodland, though it is now felling debris. Aim for the right hand corner of the trees left standing, or failing those for Combe Gill on the other side of Thirlmere at about 1oclock. A ladder stile over the fence will come into view within 30m (33 yards), that's where you are headed. A couple of sections of boardwalk get you over some boggy patches. Cross the stile and bear left to descend alongside the fence.
The path now resembles a river rather than a path suitable for horses or bicycles. It is however the intended path! What it lacks in finesse is made up for in effectiveness: it is mercifully short. Dive downwards through the juniper bushes, following the 'river'. Do not stray far from the fence as the gate out to the road is right beside it. Reaching the road turn left back to the car park.
If you like this walk then why not try one of our other nearby walks:
|Birk Crag, Harrop Tarn and Blea Tarn||10m (11 yards) away|
|Harrop Forest Circular||20m (22 yards) away|
|Grisedale Tarn||2.7km (1.7 miles) away|
|Helvellyn round from Thirlmere||2.9km (1.8 miles) away|
|High Tove and Armboth Fell from Thirlmere||3.4km (2.1 miles) away|
|The Dodds and Clough Head, via Sticks Pass and St John's in the Vale||5.0km (3.1 miles) away|
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