A little bit about us

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.


Remember to change your clocks!

British Summertime starts on Sunday 29th March and with it comes the new season's training timetable. There are additional rowing groups this year that take into account different training needs, and the regular slots may not be quite as you remember them from last year.

8th March 2015

Talkin Tarn juniors had a very successful day at inter-regional trials on Sunday 8th March.

The day started with a win by an impressive 35 seconds from James Smith in his j15 single qualifying for the inter-regional regatta in Nottingham next month. James then went on to win his j15 double with Arun Philipson from Tyne United rowing club.

Maya Ellingsen, Georgina Rowntree, Jessica Machin, Tors Glaister and cox Tom Lewis also qualified for the inter regional regatta in the women's j14 coxed quad rowing a tight time trial and qualifying with under a second spare. Maya and Georgina then went on to qualify in the women's j14 double event. Jessica and Tors coming in close behind them.

Lydia Graham also faced very tough competition and resulted in a hard earned second place in her women's j16 single.

Eliza Raine


14 February 2015

An historic Tyne Head; this was the last TRC event hosted from the old boathouse. A new boathouse is being built which requires the old boathouse to be demolished in March.

The River Tyne was very benign being flat and calm in the morning with a slight wind ruffling the surface in the afternoon. Great conditions for a Head.

Tarn took 7 crews across to Tyne RC. James and James won J18A 2x; Jo, Linda, Katie and Gill won WMasC/D 4x-; Megan and Emily won WJ18A 2x.

Tors, Maya, Georgina and Jessica with Tom were racing up a category as a WJ15 4x- crew and finished just 12 seconds behind the J15 category winners.

Gill Houston

7 February 2015

A fully loaded trailer left a fog bound and ice covered Tarn for Durham SBH. As dawn broke over Durham, the conditions were ideal with no wind or ice.  

Durham SBH is an 1800m course starting with an early winding river section and finishing with an 800m sprint down the racecourse straight. The dividing point being the notorious narrows of the Elvet bridge which attracts a crowd of sightseekers watching crews negotiating the obstacle.

Tarn had entered 22 crews and won 5 events: James Smith won J15A 1x; James Martin won IM3 1x; Captain Katie won WMasA/B 1x; Megan & Emily won WIM2 2x-; Tors, Maya, Georgina, Jessica with Tom coxing won WJ14A 4x+.

Adam, Rufus, Chris and Jacob raced twice as J18A 4x- and IM2 4x- and showed great consistency by recording the same time in both races!

Gill Houston


Captain Katie had the brilliant idea of organising a “turn up & take part” event today, with the aim of working off the after effects of too much turkey/Christmas Pud/mince pies/Port etc etc.

This was the first TTARC competition using our two new stable quads, soon to be named “      “ and “       “! Perfect boats for the mixed up scratch crews, all of which seemed to be a competitive blend of 2 Seniors and 2 Juniors.

To her considerable surprise, 31 entrants turned up prompt at 0900, and so she herself had to take a seat. The weather was perfect considering what we’ve had this week, starting at just below freezing, but with bright sunshine by the end.

All races were hard fought with pretty close finishes, but the final was between Linda/Ian B/Georgina/Emily with Ben coxing, and Katie/Leo/Megan/Jacob with Eliza coxing, and the latter crew heaved gracefully to a 2 length win. 

Thanks to Oarsport for prizes, so elegantly modelled in the photo.

To be repeated!