Tarn Crag is a fell in the Central Fells of the English Lake
District and should not to be confused with another Tarn Crag (Lonsleddale)
situated in the Far Eastern Fells.
Strictly the name applies only
to the rock face looking down upon Easedale Tarn, but Alfred Wainwright
applied it to the entire ridge lying between the Easedale and Far
Easedale valleys in his Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland Fells
The spine of the Central Fells runs north from High Raise, forming the
watershed between Thirlmere and Borrowdale.
A number of lesser
ridges radiate out eastwards from High Raise, centred upon the
subsidiary top of Sergeant Man. One of these runs between the valleys of
Far Easedale and Easedale, terminating at their confluence above
The ridge is narrow to the east of the summit,
rising over a series of knolls between the gradually diverging valleys.
Westward it broadens considerably, swinging southward around the
head of Codale Tarn before becoming indistinct in the general rising
ground towards Sergeant Man and the High Raise massif.
Tarn is a shallow pool, its original outlet blocked by glacial material
so that it now overflows via a rock lip.
The southern flank of
the fell comprises Tarn and Greathead Crags, the backdrop to the popular
picnic spot of Easedale Tarn.
Much larger than Codale, this tarn
is around 70 ft deep and contains perch, eel and trout and across the
tarn are the crags of Blea Rigg.
On the northern side of the
ridge Deer Bields Crag broods over Far Easedale, with Calf Crag beyond.
The highest point is a peaked outcrop, topped by a small cairn.
The views eastward are extensive and Easedale Tarn can be brought
into view from a subsidiary top to the south.
Tarn Crag is generally climbed from Grasmere
via its eastern ridge, where a path winds among the rocks.
can be reached from Easedale Tarn, the top of the Sour Milk Gill
cascades, or from Stythwaite Steps in Far Easedale.
the base of Deer Bield Crag or via Codale Tarn are also possible,
routes near Tarn Crag - Easedale