Forest of Bowland Tarns

In Northern England a tarn is a sort of mountain lake or large pond I guess.  In fact the name comes from an old norse word ‘tjörn’ – which simply means ‘pond’.

There are a few tarns dotted around the Forest of Bowland, some named –  some not, some big – some small.  Being a bit of a geography boff this page is a kind of reference point for me.

Here are the ones I have found:

Name Coordinates Links or other info
Mallowdale Tarn 54.045089, -2.592629
Nicky Nook Tarn
Beacon Fell Tarn

Here are some named tarns I want to look out for:

Name Grid Ref Links or other info
Wray Wood Tarn
Brennand Tarn
Browsholme Tarn

Unnamed tarns to investigate

Name Grid Ref Links or other info
 Deep Moss
 Haresyke Crag
 Wolf Fell

If you spot any tarns in Bowland, I’d be happy if you could forward me your info.  Please email me at