A stunning country park

Talkin Tarn

Talkin Tarn lies two miles south of Brampton, featuring a 65 acre kettle-hole lake and 120 acres of woodland. There is a 1.3 mile circular path around the tarn, as well as various activities to take part in that the whole family can enjoy.


An adventure the whole family can enjoy

Talkin Tarn is set amongst stunning woodland and meadows, offering plenty of activities for all to enjoy. The 1.3 mile circular path around the tarn is hard-surfaced and fully accessible, and there are more trails of varying lengths for those who prefer a longer stroll. At Talkin Tarn, you can enjoy spotting wildlife, having an adventure on the water or indulging in homemade cakes from the café. Take part in activities such as archery, raft-building, canoeing and kayaking. There are even fully supervised adventure days during the summer holidays and team building events for businesses.

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Hadrian's Wall

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Gelt Woods

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A lake dating back thousands of years

Talkin Tarn’s kettle-hole lake was originally formed 18,000 years ago by the immense force of glaciers. Moving ice scoured the ground, creating glacial sand hills and a natural bowl that filled as the ice melted. The tarn was traditionally used for recreation since the mid-1800s, and continues to be used as such today with many visitors enjoying everything the tarn has to offer. The tarn’s name, ‘Talkin’, comes from the Celtic word ‘Talcan’, which means ‘brow of a hill’, and ‘Tarn’ is from the Norse word ‘Tjorn’ meaning tear drop or small lake. Old buckles, stone axes and urns have been found in the area, demonstrating how long people have been visiting the tarn.


Talkin Tarn offers

Stunning wildlife walks

There is a 1.3 mile path around the tarn that is fully accessible, as well as a variety of woodland trails and longer walks to tackle.

Amazing adventures

At Talkin Tarn, there are plenty of activities for visitors to enjoy. With experiences ranging from raft-building to orienteering, there's something to give everyone an adventurous day out.

Delicious homemade food

The Boathouse tea room is located on the waterfront, offering beautiful views of the tarn and hot and cold food made fresh daily. English Lakes ice cream is also sold, with a range of delicious flavours.

Outdoor theatre experiences

With the stunning backdrop of the lake, Talkin Tarn provides wonderful outdoor theatre experiences during the summer months. With plays such as Wind in the Willows, Pride and Prejudice and The Tempest, there is something for everyone to enjoy on a summer evening.