This little circular walk uses an alternative to the stone pitched path directly from the car park at Dobgill to ascend to Harrop Tarn. It passes beside the Binka Stone and up through juniper bushes to the attractive classic glacial tarn in its high corrie with the impressive Tarn Crags as a backdrop.
Water comes from the boggy 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. Its outfall drops north west down Dob Gill to reach Thirlmere reservoir.
The Binka Stone is so named from an old northern dialect word for 'a raised flat bank of earth for sitting on', alternatively a 'doorstep', due to its obvious stepped appearance.
Park at the United Utilities Dobgill pay and display car park.
If you need accommodation we have details of 25 properties offering rooms near the start of this walk. Here are some examples:
Walk height profile
note that gradients are usually grossly exaggerated
Return to the road and turn right, in a little over 100m (110 yards) go through the gate on your right into the enclosure. Head straight up to the next gate to the bottom of the path. Continue climbing through the juniper bushes, do not stray far from the fence on your right. The path is rather intermittent and resembles a river in places. Only at around the mid-point of the climb do you get close enough to the fence to touch it.
As the slope eases the path bears right to a short ladder stile over the fence. Cross and continue on occasional sections of boardwalk to the tarn outflow and footbridge. Cross the bridge to the forest track.
Continue round the tarn on the forest track, it soon leaves the tarn behind and starts to climb gently to a junction. Here bear right, continue on the track which climbs a little more before starting to descend. Keep right. The track drops through two tall deer gates and a steep zigzag below Bank Crags. Eventually it reaches the Thirlmere minor road.
Turn right along the road to return to the car park.
If you like this walk then why not try one of our other nearby walks:
|Harrop Tarn above Thirlmere||20m (22 yards) away|
|Birk Crag, Harrop Tarn and Blea Tarn||30m (33 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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