Talkin Tarn
photo of Talkin Tarn by the Cafe and boat house
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General Description
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An attractive tarn and surroundings, with rowing boats to hire (photo a) during the summer, and easy going walks to enjoy either around the shoreline or in amongst the conifer forest. During the winter she ices up on most occasions (photo b) which then, offers divers a little bit of a shallow adventure under the ice.
Worth noting that a healthy number of visitors from Northumbria, Dumfries & Galloway, as well as native Cumbrian's come here to stretch the legs and walk the dogs.

For those with other Interests
Walking the dog, feeding the wans and ducks (photo c), rowing a boat and stopping for an ice cream at the boat house.
And a good basic cafe with a restaurant above, make for a pleasant visit for the family not diving. The small sandy beach areas are man-made with a number of walks to enjoy around the tarn shorline or amongst the woods.

For Angling, see relevant agency. Canoeing, windsailing and rowing sports are allowed- contact Talkin Tarn Country Park (see bottom of this document)..

Places to Stay
In Brampton, which is a small market town, you can find accommodation in the Hotel's.

Try "" or alternatively check some of these links > Hotels and Guest Houses Youth Hostels for Families etc.

How to get here
From the A69, you need to come off at the sign for Brampton. As you enter Brampton from the Carlisle side you will notice a "T" junction and slight hill on your right. A church is situated just off the side road - head up and around this road which takes you into the small town centre of this market town. Follow the road around and take the B6413 for Talkin Tarn. Just four miles along and you go over a railway crossing. About a half mile further will be a small and insignificant sign on your left for Talkin Tarn.

Detailed Information for Divers

Main Attraction
Apart from the fish life, diving this shallow tarn will give you time to hunt down wrecks! Sunken radio controlled ships to be fair, but in the 1980s, Carlisle Airport and talkin Tarn had an unexpected shock when a trainee helicopter pilot crashed in his chopper in this tarn.

Viewing Freshwater Life
This tarn is full of freshwater life. Heaps of oxygenating weeds that measure 3 metres in length, Perch and big Pike everywhere, although the Pike are shy. Also, a fast finning fish that appears to be Dace. Have any anglers caught one of these? - please tell me what it is.

Before you jump into Talkin tarn, you may want to check on the spooky side first !
map showing road access to Talking tarn
Not the best site for Disabled Divers. Poor Viz and heavy weed in areas.
Detailed map of talkin tarn dive site click to dive Talkin tarn
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Carlisle Council
Park Managers Permission Required.
Disabled divers will find access is easier than other sites.
Dog walking and duck feeding around this tarn is the order of the day.
Who's the nearest for Dive Air?
Scottish Sub-Aqua Clubs:
Red Fox Carlisle based. Air compressor location. unknown
Carlisle Sub Aqua Carlisle based. Air compressor at Carlisle.
British Sub-Aqua Clubs:
Kendal + Lakes: branch is based at Kendal Leisure Centre.
Altitude, Visibility, Temperature, Torches
Altitude and Depth:
Maximum depth is 8.3 metres in this tarn unless you can somehow break this record. Once again, back in the 1960s/70s it was claimed that she was bottomless. They even had a deep sea sub planned to take the trip to discover the bottom but this was just a publicity stunt.
During summer
Visibility: 2 + metres.
Temperature range is 16 to 18 degrees Celsius.
During winter
Visibility: improves to 3 + metres.
Temperature range is 4 degrees above zero.
Torches: Advisable because although shallow, visibility suffers from peat water running into this tarn. Expect the lights to be reddish in this one.
Thermoclines: None observed.
If new to freshwater diving: then this is not the best place to start. Heavy oxygenating weed infestation is a pain at times. Poor visibility too and having finished your dive, do take a look at the uprooted weeds floating on the surface! You will come out looking like "The Thing from the bog".
Communication intel
phone icon Mobile phones: do work here.

Post Code for your Sat Nav: CA8 1HN
phone iconPublic phones: Public phone by the Cafe/Boat house.

More useful Information for buddies
For the latest on the weather: "Scuba Weather Report"
For more air details see "Dive Clubs & Air".
Note: The above page's will remain open while you click to gather info.

Nearest toilet: just behind the cafe/boat house.

Private boat launching allowed - fee payable.
phone icon Reporting thefts or finds - Police: 0845 330 0247

Carlisle City Council have now taken over the running of Talkin Tarn.
Manager is: Fiona Shipp.
The Country Park Manager is Fiona Shipp phone icon 016977 3129
Email fionash(at)
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