Boat hire will not be available this season, but will be back in 2021!
If you do want to get out on the water, Independent Adventure are offering private watersports and archery at Talkin Tarn throughout the summer and autumn of 2020. For more information visit
To book a private watersports or archery session, please follow these links:
Sorry open water swimming is currently suspended.
Over recent years Talkin Tarn has become a popular location for open water swimming. However if you do fancy taking a dip there is some paperwork to complete.
So please download the documents on this page. Read them carefully and sign them and then bring them to the tearoom along with your £11.85 registration fee, and you will then be issued with your Tarn swimming cap. You will need to re-register each year and be issued a different coloured cap. Alternatively you can register on site in the tearoom.
Can we receive postal payments? Yes as long as you have downloaded and read the documents on the website and include your signed registration form and declaration form with your payment. Cheques should be made payable to Carlisle City Council
Can someone have a kayaker with them instead of a swimming buddy? Yes this is fine as it is in fact much safer. No payment required by the kayaker as long as they are there to solely support the swimmer. The kayaker must abide by normal rules for using the tarn (see normal boat launch conditions)
General questions about open water swimming or training. Please contact Barry Jameson at Tri4U http://www.tri4u.co.uk/ or contact your local triathlon or open water swimming club.
I don't have a buddy for swimming with. Please contact Barry Jameson at Tri4U http://www.tri4u.co.uk/ or contact your local triathlon or open water swimming club.
Sorry private boat launch is currently suspended.
Talkin Tarn has its own popular sailing club, however if you fancy bringing your own craft you are most welcome.
You can launch your own sailing boat, canoe, kayak or stand up paddleboard however no motorised boats are allowed. No inflatable dinghies or airbeds are allowed, inflatable canoes/kayaks/SUP's are permitted as long as they clearly display the ISO 6185-1 mark. Please purchase your Water sports Permit at the Boathouse Tearoom before launching, available between 10.30 a.m. and 3.30 p.m. daily. No boats are to be launched after 5 p.m. A permit costs £8.30 per day per for a boat, £4.15 for a canoe, kayak ro SUP and you must read, sign, and comply to the Water sports Conditions of Use, available at the tearoom, or downloaded below.
Annual Launch Fee available for groups (£387) or individuals (£133), these are for all vessel types, boat, canoe, kayak, SUP. Please contact us via email for more details. Terms and conditions can be downloaded below.
It should be noted that group annual and day permits are not available on the day. They need to be applied for at least 1 week before your chosen activity date to give time for insurance details to be checked.
Therefore please send through copies of your risk assessment along with current insurance documents with a minimum cover of £5 million public liability cover prior to your chosen activity date.
Talkin Tarn waters are open to experienced anglers who want to test their skills against both pike and perch. The season is open from June15th to March 15th.
Please ensure you purchase your permit at the tearoom as soon as possible between the hours of 10.30 a.m. and 3.30 p.m. daily, £3.40 per adult per day, £2.36 per child per day, maximum of two rods per person. Annual permits available at £35 per year.
Rod Licenses are required. All fish to be returned safely to Tarn. No night fishing. You are advised to have gained prior experience of Pike fishing before fishing at Talkin Tarn. For an information leaflet please ask in the Tearoom or see the below
Note: All line, tackle, hooks and equipment MUST be removed from site when leaving.