A little bit about us

Latest: The dates for the spring 2014 adult Learn2row course are now on the learn2row page. 

Open to everyone, Talkin Tarn Amateur Rowing Club offers recreational and competitive rowing at all levels for all ages.

If you want to learn to row, we operate regular courses, usually about six sessions, that will teach you the basic skills. If you already row and want to improve or compete, we have regular training sessions and plenty of flexible crews at all levels of ability. We follow a year-round competition calendar, at all levels from novice to elite, national and international.

Our clubhouse includes a fully equipped gym so, with competitive membership fees, rowing offers a very attractive opportunity to keep fit and enjoy the outdoors.

Talkin Tarn is a natural lake close to Brampton, Cumbria about ten miles east of Carlisle. As well as rowing, the tarn offers sailing and other watersports. A lakeside path and woodland walks make it an ideal location for walking, running or just enjoying the wildlife and natural surroundings while members of your family are rowing.

Please feel free to come and talk to any of us, contact us or signup for one of our courses.



Talkin Tarn hosted this month’s Northern Rowing Council Sunday League. There were 15 crews from Bradford, Chester le Street, Durham, Hexham, Tees, Tyne and Talkin Tarn taking part.

It was a sweep skills test that involved the crews completing a rowing course that included 360 degree turns, backing onto a buoy, emergency stop, rigger dips and square blade paddling. Each crew was timed over the course twice but, the sting in the tail, the second attempt was conducted blindfolded (except the cox)! Take a look at what happened during the day:  Watch on YouTube

Each crew was awarded an overall time based on the addition of the blindfolded and non-blindfolded times and this was used to determine places. The hours of practice carried out by the Talkin crews over the last month paid off. The Talkin crew of Anna, Jane, Lynne and Rob came 3rd overall and Malcolm and Charlotte who helped out Hexham who were short of two members came 2nd.

And so, after 4 of the 8 Sunday League events between March and October the Talkin crew, Talkin Comets, now sits 3rd in the League Table behind Durham and Tyne. Great result guys…

Many thanks to Linda for all her hard work in organising and managing the day and the volunteers without whom the event could not have happened.


A friendly and cheerful regatta – although a low entry of 24 races due to Juniors being at the National Schools Regatta, and most others enjoying the Bank Holiday and Half Term! But a hardy bunch from Tarn braved the weather forecast – and I’m glad we did.

Masters coxless Quad – Peter/Charlie/Julius/John. We had a very strong start which kept us motivated through the aroma coming out of Warburtons, the strange current pulled us across towards the bank near the Uni boathouse, but John heaved us round and we made the bridge cleanly – neck & neck with the Tyne opposition. A timely call of “give it some pressure” and we found some previously hidden depths – and managed to win by almost a length, and kept relatively dry in the process! Very pleased to have my first “proper” win and lose my novice status.

Masters Double – Julius/Charles. After all the practicing over winter, we had to break the duck. Against a newish Tyne crew we had a nice start, perfect steering and were never really challenged. Charles did call me to “calm down, they’re going backwards” under the bridge, so I actually had enough breath left at the end for the 3 cheers for a change. Nice to gain another Pot.

Masters Single – Gill. In the pouring rain and against the very experienced Liz from Tyne, Gill had a very well matched race and they were only inches apart at the finish. But Liz had a nice handicap deducted and was the winner.

The other winner of course has to be Mick’s new invention – the Bacon Roll with Bolognese sauce – fantastic and well deserved by the Tarn team.

Julius Deane



The last head of the season, Ponteland Junior Head, took place at Tyne Rowing Club over a course of 2400m in length. The event saw a huge number of successes for the club, leading to the presentation of the Victor Ludorum for the second year in a row. Bella Ponton was definitely the star of the day, winning all three of her races as she competed in all divisions; in a range of events.


Bella’s first victory was achieved in the morning when she teamed up with Emily Batchelor to compete in a W.J18.2-. They found themselves to be up against some friendly opposition, Megan Lewis and Hannah Glaister, also members of TTARC. Bella and Emily managed to secure the win, but were closely followed by Megan and Hannah.


Bella and Emily then continued their winnings as they competed in a W.J18.4x- with Thea Winn-Reed and Emma Graham. This was won comfortably as they overtook their opposition near to the start line. Bella then rowed with Emma in a W.J18.2x to secure her third win for the day, finishing strongly but exhausted.

Lydia Graham was another junior girl who performed well at Ponteland, winning her W.J15.1x.


The Boys: James Martin, Adam Gallagher, Chris Moss and Rufus Hodge then continued to add to the growing number of medals, competing in a J16.4x- and gaining Adam’s, Chris’ and Rufus’ first win. They went on to compete in a J18.4x-, but weren’t as lucky.


James also competed in J16.1x and almost secured another win for himself, but his opposition squeezed the victory with a time 1.8 seconds faster.


As well as competing against Emily and Bella in a W.J18.2-, Hannah and Megan also raced in a W.J16.2x but didn’t manage to secure a win for themselves. The two then raced again with Thea and Emily in a W.J16.4x- but unfortunately did not gain any more medals, even though they performed well.


Georgie Raine rowed fine across the day competing in a W.15.1x and also a W16.2x with Lydia but did not manage to row to victory. Lydia also did a composite double (W.J15.2x) however did not win either.


Three more crews - W.J14B.2x (Tors & Jessica), J12.4x+ (Toby, Ben, Luke, Tom and Fi coxing) and (Tors, Jessica, Maya, Fi with Tom coxing) made their head racing debuts and rowed well over the course making progress but failing to gain wins.


Overall the day was a great achievement for the club and should hopefully lead to a boost of confidence for the upcoming regatta season.


There is a team going from TTARC to the Sunday League at Chester-le-Street on 3rd June. If you would like to join the team please contact Gill


Two crews were selected to represent the Northern Region from Talkin Tarn at Nottingham this year. Everyone who went down had a fantastic day and the Northern Region came 6th in the overall standings.
Emily Batchelor was representing the North in her WJ15 1x and had an early morning heat. After a tough race she came home in 4th, just missing out on a place in the A final and settling for the B final instead. 
Lydia Graham was also representing the North in a composite WJ14 2x with Natalie Dixon from Cambois Rowing Club, they rowed extremely well together, finishing in 3rd and qualifying for the A final. 
In the afternoon Emily raced her B final in extremely challenging conditions and came home in 5th place, overall coming 10th. Then Lydia and Natalie raced, they were in 2nd place coming into the last 100m when a crew from Thames Upriver put in a strong push. After an agonising wait for the photo finish to come out, it was announced that Lydia and Natalie had got silver! 
Huge congratulations to all three of them and well done to everyone who represented the North!