Beacon Tarn, Cumbria: Skinny Dip and Picnic

Saturday 25th August @ 10:30am Skinny Dip and Picnic at Beacon Tarn Lake, Near Coniston, Cumbria

Meet at 10:30 at Brown Howe Car Park near Coniston, Cumbria LA12 8DW for a 2 mile walk to the lake. Short grid ref SD 290 910. 

Contact: Christine

Directions: from the village of Coniston, drive 2.5 miles on the A593 to Torver Village. Turn left on A5084 signposted Broughton in Furness. Car park is 2.1 miles further on your left. Well signposted Brown Howe car Park. Room for about 40 cars.Toilet facilities with baby changing.

From the car park we walk 2 miles. 1 mile on small lane 100 yards to the left of the car park on the other side of the road. This leads after a mile to a "Cumbria Way" signpost directing you left. Bear left into open countryside, follow path crossing 2 small streams then uphill to little valley in which there's a tiny lake; this is NOT Beacon Tarn. Continue up valley past this lake and climb small hill ahead. At the top of this the tarn is straight in front. We will use the quieter LEFT hand path away from the Cumbria Way on the right hand side. There are a couple of grassy banks where it's easy to wade in. It's deep enough for swimming quickly and we can have a picnic afterwards on the shore: bring a towel and a picnic! On the lake shore.

There's some uphill so reasonable fitness is needed but it's not a mountain walk.

The organiser has advised that the walk should be clothed or that people carry a cover up; it's not a very popular path, but it might be a bit more frequented at a weekend

Please see the link below for some information regarding safety whilst open water swimming.

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