Yew Tree Tarn is a triangular tarn that sits alongside the Ambleside to Coniston road. Although it is surrounded by steep craggy slopes on three sides these are hidden behind trees, and so the setting feels rather gentle.
The tarn is actually artificial (as is its more famous eastern neighbour of Tarn Hows). It was created by James Marshall in the 1930s, as a fishing lake. The fishing is now controlled by the Coniston & Torver Angling Association. A permissive footpath runs around the three sides of the tarn not bordered by the main road.
The tarn is only a short distance to the north of Yew Tree Farm, one of Beatrix Potter's homes during the 1930, and currently offering holiday accommodation and good local meat.
How to Reach
Yew Tree Tarn is probably the most road-side of any tarn, with the A 593 Ambleside to Coniston road running right along the eastern side of the. There is a parking place alongside the tarn, and if that is full there is a small NT car park a short distance further south.
Yew Tree Tarn isn't on any of our walks.
Guards Beck flows into the tarn from the north.
Yew Tree Beck run south out of the tarn, and soon flows into Yewdale Back