GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Black Crag Walk

4 miles (6.5 km)

This walk climbs to a lovely viewpoint above Tarn Hows in the Lake District National Park. Black Fell is located just a few miles north of Coniston, and is thehigh point in the hilly area bounded byWindermere,Langdaleand Coniston.
The walk starts from the Tarn Hows car park and follows the footpath along the eastern side of the lakes. This opening section is quite flat with lovely views over the still waters of this delightful beauty spot.
After leaving the tarns the walk continues through the woodland of the Iron Keld plantation, before the final, steeper section takes you up to the 323m (1,060ft) Black Crag summit. Here you will find anOrdnance Surveytriangulation column complete with a National Trust sign. There's also magnificent views of the Coniston and Langdale Fells.
This walk returns to the start point on the same path but if you wanted to explore the fell further you can head west from the summit to Low Arnside.
To extend your walk you can pick up the Cumbria Way and follow it north to Colwith Force Waterfall.
On the opposite side of the lake you can enjoy a similar climb to Holme Fell with a nice visit to Yew Tree Tarn on the way.
Just to the south of the car park you can visit the National Trust owned Monk Coniston estate. There's nice woodland trails and pretty gardens to be found here.

Black Crag OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Black Crag Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


At the Tarn Hows car park there's an ice cream van selling tea, coffee and English Lakesicecream. This is generally only there during the summer months though. You could head into nearby Hawkshead or Coniston where there are a good range of pubs and cafes.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


The Tarns - - 630123

Tarn Hows

Wall and stile, Black Crag summit - - 276094

Wall and stile, Black Crag summit. View north from the triangulation station, towards the true summit of the fell a few yards beyond the wall

Trig point on Black Grag - - 1137444

Trig point

Black Crag - stile just north of the summit - - 1188361

Wonderful view from the summit

Upland track near Tarn Hows - - 4704255

Upland track near Tarn Hows

Bridleway to Iron Keld - - 4704291

Bridleway to Iron Keld

View from Iron Keld - - 4836694

View from Iron Keld

Black Fell towards Esthwaite Water - - 2376214

Black Fell towards Esthwaite Water


GPS Files

GPX File

Black Crag.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>'Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Share>Save to Files')

Memory Map Route

Black Crag.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>'Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Share>Save to Files)