OS grid ref:- NY 311136
Scenic, conifer fringed Harrop Tarn lies in the Wythburn fells to the west of Thirlmere Reservoir. Dob Gill emerges from the tarns eastern end, dropping through an impressive series of waterfalls to join Thirlmere.
Wildlife at the tarn includes red deer (Cervus elaphus), herons and buzzards. Red squirrels also inhabit the forests around the tarn.
The route to Harrop Tarn
Length - 2 miles
Duration - about 2 hours
Ascent - 500 feet
*Commence from the Dob Gill Car Park (OS grid ref:- NY 316139) around a kilometre along the road from Wythburn on the western bank of Thirlmere, (this is a pay and display car park). Take the footpath that ascends through woodland from the back of the car park.
*Follow the obvious stone path uphill, passing through a gate in a stone wall and heading to the right of a large rocky crag (at the initial section of this walk the path rises steeply). Pass the impressive Dob Gill Waterfalls and continue along the path, rising through woodland and emerging at a wooden bridge over the gill to arrive at the tarn, which lies around half a mile from the starting point at the car park.
* From the bridge take the forest track which leads along the north side of the tarn heading in a westerly direction and rising gently through woodland and continue along this track as it curves to the right.
* At the point where the trees on your right give way to views of Thirlmere, turn right off the forest track and follow the path by the wall down to rejoin the road which skirts Thirlmere's western shore. Turn right along the road to return to the car park.