One of the joys of Tarn House is the number of walks that can be started from the doorstep. There are a few classics – Loughrigg Fell, Loughrigg Tarn, Elterwater. Today, with mist lingering stubborn on the tops, we tried something different, heading south to the pastoral land between Windermere and Coniston Water – a gently undulating patchwork of fields and woodland which hides dozens of barely visited tarns. The weather was kind, just a few drops of rain as we made our way up to the day’s goal – Black Fell. From there we looped down to Skelwith Bridge – via Skelwith Force, thundering in spate (pictured) – and a well-earned tea and cake at the ever-busy Chesters by the River.



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