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Talkin Tarn Country Park

Talkin Tarn Country Park, close to the historic market town of Brampton, nestles in a 165 acre site, containing a glacial tarn surrounded by mature woodland and gentle meadows with the stunning Pennine Hills as a backdrop.

The Tarn has long and rich history and has traditionally been used for recreation since at least the middle of the 1800's. The same is still true today with visitors coming from far and wide to enjoy all that the tarn has to offer.

There is a 1.3 mile circular path that is ideal for a gentle stroll. This path is hard surfaced and accessible to all. There are also three way marked trails of varying lengths; 1.5km, 2.5km and 3.5km starting from the car park and on into woods and fields.

A permanent orienteering course and numeracy trail are available for self led activities. The park is an ideal location to bring a school class for a day of environmental education activities, and even has a small camp site available for organised groups.  To book the campsite, please fill in and email us the form below.

Talkin Tarn is also a  popular location for water sports, and also has an independent water sports provider offering a variety of water based activities with various equipment for hire. You can also bring your own sailing boat, come fishing and even take part in open water swimming. There is also a rowing club, sailing club and a model boat club based at Talkin Tarn.

On site there is a Tearoom, Gift shop and take away service. Talkin Tarn has modern welfare facilities as well as changing rooms for water sports users. There is also a beautiful log cabin available for hire. Talkin Tarn also has a local arts and craft exhibition space located in the historic Alex Boathouse building pictured below.

Closed fishing season

It is now closed fishing season 15th March until 15th June 2014

Creation of Wader Scrape

We are currently creating a Wader Scrape in the Farlam Meadow.

The scrape is being created in an already wet area of the field.  It will be no more than a metre deep, with shallow shelving sides.  The scrape will most likely be dry in the summer months and wet in the winter.

The Wader Scrape will provide a valuable feeding area for wading birds such as Lapwing, Curlew, Common Sandpiper, Snipe, Redshank, and Oystercatcher as well as insect feeding birds such as Swallows, Swifts, Sand Martins, Grey Wagtails and Reed Buntings.  The scrape will also be a great habitat for a whole host of insects, in particular Dragon Flies and Damsel Flies.

For the first few months of the scrapes creation, it may look unattractive, however once the ground has settled and the vegetation has grown, the wader scrape will be a great asset to Talkin Tarn Country Park.

The funding for this project has been sourced from Talkin Tarn’s participation in Natural England’s Higher Level Scheme.

Natural England Country Parks Accreditation

Country Parks Accreditation SchemeWe are very pleased to have been awarded Country Parks Accreditation (external link) by Natural England.

This shows that we provide the facilities and services expected of Country Parks. Not all sites calling themselves country parks currently deliver all the facilities and services expected of them.

Country Parks were established as a result of the 1968 Countryside Act and there are currently more than 400 sites that call themselves Country Parks in England. They are visited by over 70 million visitors a year.

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