Innominate Tarn


Innominate TarnInnominate Tarn is a charming pool in a very attractive location, combining an interesting shape and varied shores with great views of the higher fells across the Ennerdale Valley.

Innominate Tarn scores highly in almost every way. The tarn itself is an interested shape, with three little islands, inlets and peninsulas. The shores are a mix of grass, heather and rock, with little rocky outcroppings, especially on the north and eastern shores. The entire summit area of Haystacks is a delight, with countless rocky knolls and hidden pools, and Innominate Tarn forming a centre piece. Finally the views south towards Pillar and Kirk Fell are impressive.

Haystacks was famously Alfred Wainwright's favourite summit, and his ashes were scattered near the shores of Innominate Tarn after his death in 1991.


Grid Reference of centre: NY 197 129
Altitude: 1,730ft


How to Reach

Innominate Tarn is best reached along the summit path on Haystacks. This can be reached by following the old tramway from Honister Pass. From Buttermere you can reach it either via Scarth Gap or up the path up Warnscale Bottom from Gatesgarth. From Ennerdale the best route is up to Scarth Gap from Black Sail YHA.


Three of our walks visit Innominate Tarn - Haystacks from Buttermere, Haystacks from Honister and Brandreth from Buttermere.


No streams flow into the tarn.


No streams flow out of the tarn.

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