NY1804 : Burnmoor Tarn seen from Scafell

taken 8 years ago, 3 km from Boot, Cumbria, Great Britain

Burnmoor Tarn seen from Scafell
Burnmoor Tarn seen from Scafell
Burnmoor Tarn is one of the largest entirely natural tarns in the Lake District, and sits in a dramatic location at the foot of Scafell.
The tarn is seen clearly from Whin Rigg and Illgill Head, the two fells of the Wasdale Screes, and from the southern slopes of Scafell.
Burnmoor Tarn is a classic example of a misleading landscape feature. From most angles the natural assumption is that the tarn must drain south-west into Miterdale. In fact its waters flow into Whillan Beck, at the tarn's north-eastern corner. The beck then immediately turns south, and flows into Eskdale, joining the Esk at Beckfoot. Most of Scafell's water joins Whillan Beck after it has left the tarn, so most of tarn's water comes from Illgill Head to the west and Boat How and Eskdale Moor to the south, flying in via a network of nameless becks.

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Date Taken
Monday, 25 May, 2009   (more nearby)
Submitted
Sunday, 4 October, 2009
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Tarn   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NY 184 043 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:25.7018N 3:15.5495W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NY 20 06
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Southwest (about 225 degrees)
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