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Date: Friday 23rd June 2017
Swarth Fell Tarn in Mallerstang, near Kirkby Stephen
Swarth Fell Tarn in Mallerstang, near Kirkby Stephen

ORDNANCE survey — the national mapping agency — has agreed to amend its database in order to officially recognise the existence of Swarth Fell Tarn in Mallerstang, near Kirkby Stephen.

The previously un-named tarn (pictured), which lies at a height of around 2,000ft between Wild Boar Fell and Swarth Fell, was well-known to the late walker and guidebook author Alfred Wainwright (AW).

After moves were made to have the pool named Fell Tarn, a suggestion believed to have been made by Wainwright himself, it emerged that the established local name for the area in question was Swarth Fell Tarn.

It was then unanimously agreed by parishioners in Mallerstang, along with the support of Hugh Brown, the landowner, that that is indeed what the tarn should be called.

Ordnance Survey will publish the name on its maps in future in what is being seen as a tribute to Alfred Wainwright and his affection for the area and love of maps, and also to mark the recent expansion of the Yorkshire Dales national park into Mallerstang.

The naming of the tarn has the backing of the Pennine Journey Supporters Club, the Wainwright Society, the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, the Yorkshire Dales Society and Kirkby Stephen Walkers are Welcome group.