Kemp Tarn is a small grass-lined tarn found just behind Reston Scar, to the north-west of Staveley. The tarn sits on a large grassy plateau currently used as a cow pasture, with limited views to the north, west and south. To the east the views are a bit wider, with a good view of the high ground on the other side of the River Kent. This is the largest of a number of tarns on this plateau, and perhaps less attractive than the smaller tarn to the north, which boasts a small peninsula and nearby trees. In contrast Kemp Tarn is a simple pool, sitting alone in the landscape (apart from the cows).
Grid Reference of centre: SD 463 988
How to Reach
Kemp Tarn can easily be reached from Staveley. From the centre of the village head west along the main road. Half way to the edge of the village turn right onto Brow Lane. After a short distance turn left onto a side-lane that passes some impressive houses then crosses a handful of fields. This brings us to a track that crosses a field between fences. Turn left onto this track and follow it as it zigzags up through fields and onto more level ground east of the summit of Reston Scar. Continue on along this track until the tarn comes into site to the right, then head across the field.
Currently no walks visit Kemp Tarn.
No streams flow into Kemp Tarn.
No streams flow out of Kemp Tarn.