If Loweswater seems like the quietest lake in the Lake District, then Cogra Moss and Mockerkin Tarn must be rivals for the crown for quietest tarn.
Located close to several of our Lake District cottages, Cogra Moss is a world away from busy mountain tarns like Red Tarn under Helvellyn or Styhead Tarn on the way to the Scafells. Cogra Moss is not a natural tarn though, it is a reservoir created by damming a beck in the 1800s. Although it is no longer used as a water supply, the dam remains in place and the tarn is stocked for fishermen with brown and rainbow trout.
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Lamplugh Fell and Knock Murton form a horseshoe around the tarn. These fells are planted and maintained by the Forestry Commission and there are several miles of paths through the woods. Access to the top of Knock Murton is somewhat sketchy due to private ownership, however, you can walk to the top of Lamplugh Fell to enjoy the view.
To the north of Cogra Moss is Mockerkin Tarn, something of a mythical location in Cumbrian folklore. It is said to be the site of a Celtic palace belonging to King Morken.
The tarn is a peaceful spot amidst grazing pastures. There is a small woodland and a stream making it an altogether lovely place to laze in the sun. In the summer, the tarn is covered with beautiful waterlilies. Fishing is possible on the tarn for pike, eel and perch.
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