Sunbiggin Tarn - Tarn Moor - Coast to Coast

Tarn Moor

Sunbiggin Tarn is small in size and not eminently visible from the Coast to Coast path. However, it is visible, and simply requires a little diversion to see it more closely. Walkers on the Coast to Coast will generally cross a short section of Tarn Moor. The path on the first section of the moor heads directly to the tarn, but upon reaching the moorland top at 270 metres the Coast to Coast turns right to follow another track. Because of the topography, and notwithstanding the proximity to the tarn, it is not observable until reaching the minor road that bisects the moor. The tarn becomes visible once reaching the road, but by then it has been passed.

Alongside Sunbiggin Tarn is Cow Dub, a much smaller tarn fed by Rayseat Sike. Tarn Sike flows from Cow Dub. In the photograph below Sunbiggin Tarn is seen below Great Kinmond and Little Kinmond, with the mossy grasses of Tarn Moor lower down.

The tarn is a marl lake and is surrounded by dense clusters of fern. This is an important area of great biological interest, particularly because of the upper limestone areas that surround it, and the pavements and scars typical of limestone areas. The habitats of the region are quite diverse and include rushes, reeds and sedges that are encouraged by the acidic mossy waters. Nearby is the heather moorland of Ravenstonedale.
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Sunbiggin Tarn

Sunbiggin Tarn

Sunbiggin Tarn and Cow Dub from the Ford

Sunbiggin Tarn and Cow Dub
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