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Talkin Tarn swans

Amazingly beautiful Talkin Tarn, Brampton, Cumbria

27th October 2022

Let the blog begin.

From our 'Wall and Lakes' holiday cottage we especially enjoy a walk up to beautiful, peaceful Talkin Tarn. 

Talkin Tarn swans

So, settng off out of the cottage we amble along to Tree Road.  From here we could turn right and walk along the road, left at the cottage hospital and up towards Talkin Tarn, this is a slightly quicker and a more even roadside route although we turn right preferring the quieter, countryside route with far less traffic.  At the end of Tree Road we turn right onto Station Road.  From here strolling towards the signpost for 'The Dandy' footpath, "station 1 mile", just before S & S railhead garage, this footpath takes us under the main road to Brampton Railway Station. Some days we catch trains from Brampton junction into Newcastle or Carlisle, and thats an adventure for another day:-)  Walking along the dandy, we travel through pretty woods which can be a little uneven and muddy at times, especially during the autumn and winter months.  Personally, we love this walk during the autumn with the beautiful golds, reds and browns of the leaves, falling to carpet our footpath as we walk up towards the station.  

We arrive at the railway station with its beautiful old fashioned feel and iron footbridge knowing it is just about a mile from here to rewarding Talkin Tarn.  We always enjoy walking over the railway bridge with its old fashioned feel and elegance.  Then turning right out of the station and along the quiet road, watching out for a few cars and farming vehicles, the hedgerows and fields are full of colour and chatty little birds.  About 500m down the road we see the footpath sign for Talkin Tarn, it is hiding next to a large farm gate and rough track. 

As we get closer to Talkin Tarn the track goes to the left, although we take the path to the right as this brings us more directly to the Tarn.  

Now for our rewarding, level walk around the tarn, with its amazing wildlife and absolutely stunning scenery before calling in to use the toilet facilities and for coffee and cake.  Often we reward ourselves with a deliously ice cream but today, in the autumn sunshine, we opt for the comfort of cake :-)  We took just under 2 hours to reach the tarn, others do the walk much faster although we like to amble along and 'bench hop' enjoying the countryside as we walk.

Taking time to sit by the lake side the views always amaze us, what a wonderful day out. 

The Discover Brampton website is great for further walks and activities to do around Brampton. www.discoverbrampton.co.uk

For families with young children and teenagers Independent Adventures organise loads of fun activities at Talkin Tarn, you may wish to check out their website:  Independent Adventure | Family Outdoor Activities Cumbria


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