The second tarn is nearer the Gable side of the pass, and is a long, narrow pool.
The path across the pass runs between these two tarns, with the larger tarn on the Ennerdale side and the smaller one on the Wasdale Tarn.
Both of these tarns often dry out (see our photo for an example), but I've also seen both totally full. The floor of the larger tarn is made up entirely of small stones and boulders, with most of them quite dark in colour. It's quite an experience to be able to wander freely across the floor of a tarn, and here it shows how shallow this particular pool is.
Beckhead Tarn's main appeal is its location, with the towering north-western ridge of Great Gable in one direction, and views into Wasdale and Ennerdale to either side.
Grid Reference of centre: NY 205 106
How to Reach
The easiest way to Beckhead Tarn is from Wasdale Head, following the valley bottom path between Great Gable and Kirk Fell. The more popular path, higher up the slopes of Great Gable, reaches the north-west ridge of Gable above the tarn, so needs a diversion. It could also be reached from the Ennerdale side, although there are no paths coming up in this direction.
No stream flows into Beckhead Tarn
No stream flows out of Beckhead Tarn, despite the name!