Innominate Tarn

Innominate Tarn, which is a small tarn in the northern part of The Lakes, is situated approximately 520 metres above sea level, near the summit of Haystacks – which is situated at the south eastern end of the Buttermere Valley. This tarn, which was formerly known as Loaf tarn due to the small islands of peat in the tarn which resemble loafs, is where Alfred Wainwright’s ashes were scattered by his wife, Betty.

Alfred Wainwright expressed this wish in “Memoirs of a Fellwalker”, wherein he said “All I ask for, at the end, is a last long resting place by the side of Innominate Tarn, on Haystacks, where the water gently laps the gravelly shore and the heather blooms and Pillar and Gable keep unfailing watch. A quiet place, a lonely place. I shall go to it, for the last time, and be carried: someone who knew me in life will take me and empty me out of a little box and leave me there alone. And if you, dear reader, should get a bit of grit in your boot as you are crossing Haystacks in the years to come, please treat it with respect. It might be me.”

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