This is Angle Tarn sitting 470 m above sea level, along a high mountain range above Patterdale in the English Lake District.
The word ‘Tarn’ refers to a small mountain lake, and comes from the Old Norse word ‘Tjörn’ meaning pond or pool. These amphitheatre-like valleys, formed by glacial erosion, are remnants from the last ice age.
A Tarn might be the objective of a walk, whilst others are passed on the way from one summit to the next. Whenever and however they are befriended, these treasures are always a welcomed sight.
They are a beautiful and peaceful place to stop, take a break and soak up the atmosphere of being high in the mountains. The pools of water surrounded by grass and rock are nothing but pure magic.
The Lake District is a wonder for its lakes, but the mountains here are also adorned with these amazing glistening jewels high above the valleys.
There are some Tarns in the Lake District that are given the same name, such as Red Tarn and Angle Tarn. Some are called Water instead of Tarn. Some pools of water high in the mountains are nameless, but are not any less beautiful. For whatever reason this should be the case, there is no denying that each Tarn is as unique in character as the mountain they occupy, and are all special.