Atkinson’s Tarn

Atkinson’s Tarn Opened – Easter Saturday – 8th April 2023

Atkinson’s Tarn lies just off the B5284, close to the village of Crook. About 1 acre in size, this lake has 3 islands which add wonderful features to fish to. The lake is made up of 2 very different areas. The oldest and shallowest area (around 3′) of the lake is directly in front of the fishing hut. This was dug around 40 years ago. The back area was added around 20 years ago. This section is much deeper, with spots running to 10′.

At the end of 2022, the lake underwent a substantial refurbishment. Please ensure that all gates used are continuously closed and padlocked at all times during your visit. The water was drained and tonnes of silt and weed was removed. The old timber bridge was replaced and 18 new pegs were added, including two bivy pitches reserved for overnight angling on the main island. All of these are connected by a hard perimeter path.  Night fishing is available, but this is limited to WADAA MEMBERS ONLY and is booked through the member’s own “My WADAA” account.

Please read the fishery rules for full information.

The bed of the lake varies greatly from hard stone to soft peat and this heavily affects fish locations. Stocking is varied, including carp, tench, rudd, roach and bream. Additionally, and uniquely for a WADAA venue, the tarn also holds stocks of hard fighting barbel. In order to keep these fish in tip-top condition, the lake has been carefully engineered to include a permanently running inlet.  Atkinson’s Tarn is a managed mixed coarse fishery; species include:  Carp 18lbs+, Tench 4lbs+, Bream 6lbs+.  Roach, rudd, perch, eels, crucian carp and the odd barbel.

We have Electronic Catch returns on all our waters, for further information please use the following linkCatch Return Instruction


Atkinson’s Tarn  is open all year to WADAA members and day ticket anglers.


Fishing is allowed from sunrise until sunset.

Atkinson’s Tarn Rules

Permit holders agree to read and comply with the fishery rules as printed below and/or displayed on the fishery notice boards and to comply with the Environment Agency Fishery Bylaws. Failure to do so renders the permit invalid. You must carry this permit with you while fishing.

For full rules please follow this link: Atkinson’s Tarn Fishery Rules Updated March 24

Atkinson's Tarn


From the A 591 at Plumgarths Roundabout,  Kendal, take the B5284 Crook Road and continue on the B5284 for approx 3 miles.

At St Catherine’s church, bear left onto Back Lane. Travel on Back Lane for approx 0.7 m. Immediately after the first houses on the right, you will see a lane, turn right beside the last property and follow the lane for a short distance, when the lane comes to a small fork, take the right lane down to the Tarn.

Postcode: LA8 8LR

Co-ordinates: 54.344069, -2.860475

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