image for Swimming Outdoor item typeOpen Water Swimming at Talkin Tarn Country Park

Swimming Outdoor

Open Water Swimming

Open Water Swimming


Talkin Tarn Country Park

01228 817200


Tarn Road,


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 the Talkin Tarn website. Read them carefully and sign them and then bring them to the tearoom along with your £10.50 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 the Talkin Tarn website or in the tearoom.

Can we receive postal payments?
Yes as long as you have downloaded and read the documents on the Talkin Tarn 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 on the Talkin Tarn website).

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toilets

Only guide dogs in the tearoom.

Opening Details

Open all the time

All year



See location of Talkin Tarn Country Park on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: NY 549585  Lat: 54.91932 Long: -2.70387

Follow direction signs from A69, taking you onto B6413, Castle Carrock Road. Entrance to Tarn is clearly indicated on the roadside.

Parking: with charge


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets

Only guide dogs in the tearoom.