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.


08 July 2015

There have been Regattas raced at Talkin Tarn since the early 1850’s, about a decade before Talkin Tarn Amateur Rowing Club was formed in 1859. In 1852, both Professionals and Gentlemen Amateurs competed for prizes of up to £20, and last Saturday, competitors from 24 Clubs ranging from Aberdeen to Maidstone, continued the tradition with a stunning day’s racing on the Tarn.

Crews travel in such number to the Tarn Regatta, as most rowing is on rivers, and rowers do like to experience something different on a wide body of water. Carrying on their normal habit of “following the bank” is not going to help win races on the Tarn! The 700m 3-lane course starting at the Tarn End Hotel and running diagonally north east can be deceptively challenging to navigate.

The day started with heavy rain and a thunderstorm to further challenge the dedicated organising team, but with many able bodies to push cars through the mud into the parking field, the lightning stopped, and we ran 240 races in good conditions.

There were some good successes for the home crews. Two of our youngest competitors, Ben Norman and Esther Rowntree won their Junior and Women’s J12A Single Scull races respectively. Esther’s sister Georgina then won with Jess Machin in the Women’s J14A double sculls, and then they both hopped in with Fi Ponton and Maya Ellingsen to be coxed by Tom Lewis to continue their winning streak in the Women’s J14A coxed quad.

James Smith showed his continuing form by winning both his J15A single scull, then the J15A double scull with his partner Arun from Tyne United. His friend James Martin then powered through in the adult category Intermediate (IM2) single scull. The girls were not going to be outdone, Lydia Graham won her Women’s IM3 single, then Megan Lewis and Emily Batchelor won in their Women’s IM1 double.

The adults in the club had some good battles against some very strong opposition (who didn’t spend the early part of the day pushing cars!). Club Captain Katie Robinson charged through the heats to win in her Women’s Masters A/B single, then joined with Vice Captain Jo Lewis to win the double scull in the same category. The first outing for the Masters C coxed Four of Jon Britton, Dave Harte, John Pearson and Julian Auckland-Lewis, coxed by Tom Lewis resulted in success also.

Thanks must go to all the Club members and volunteers who helped make this big event run so smoothly.

Julius Deane

Thanks to everyone for taking part in a day of great competition, enduring some interesting weather conditions. The results are now linked to on the regatta page, or directly here

Regatta documents are now available on the regatta page

17 June 2015

Many rowers from Talkin Tarn Amateur Rowing Club had a great time competing at the 182nd Durham Regatta last weekend. This Regatta is one of the oldest in the country, and often refers to itself as “the Henley of the North” – in fact, many in Durham refer to Henley as “the Durham of the South”! It is a very large event, often attracting over 2,000 competitors and 10,000 spectators, with racing all day Saturday and Sunday.

For once, the weather had been kind in the run up to the event, so the river was calm, but heavy rain on Sunday morning dampened spirits for a short while. Talkin Tarn traditionally makes a bit of an event out of this one, setting up a small village of caravans & tents on the Friday night at a prime spot on the banks of the River Wear.

This year, entries were down slightly due to a clash of dates with the British Rowing Masters Championship in Nottingham on the same weekend, where Talkin Tarn’s Dave Harte along with Kevin Oates of Hexham won their Masters C Coxless Pair (two men, one oar each) by an impressive 7 seconds.

For the Senior rowers, there was an “all Tarn” competition between 3 Tarn ladies, but Farlam sculptress Linda Watson pulled strongly through against her friends in the Women’s Masters Single Scull (one person, two blades) category to win the event. But our Captain, Katie Robinson along with local doctor Jo Lewis, bounced back and later won the Women’s Masters Double Scull event (two people, two blades each).

The Juniors had some stunning results. The J14 coxed quad (4 girls aged 14, 2 oars each, one cox) crew of Jess Machin, Georgina Rowntree, Tors Glaister and Maya Ellingsen, coxed by Tom Lewis continued their recent winning streak, winning their events on both Saturday and Sunday.

Particularly impressive were the wins by Megan Lewis and Emily Batchelor in their Elite Double Scull, James Smith in his Novice Single Scull, and James Martin in his Intermediate 2 Single Scull, as these were all youngsters of 15 and 17 racing, and beating, the cream of the North East’s experienced adult rowers.

The event finished with a glittering prize-giving in the Gala Theatre, where the winners may get to hold their beautiful silver trophy for just a few minutes…

8 June 2015
A good mix of crews headed over to our nearest neighbour Hexham Rowing Club, for their Regatta last Saturday. After the relative calm and good conditions at Cambois Regatta on the River Wansbeck last week, this one had conditions more suited to coastal rowing, with winds gusting up to 60mph! Luckily the established trees on the south bank along Tyne Green helped break this up a little, but there were still many gaps where gusts could get through, resulting in several capsizes.
The Senior crews battled through, with some races in the afternoon having to cut through “white horses” on the Tyne. Although with good individual performances, we gained no medals this year. It was good practice for Dave Harte and Jon Britton – who compete in a Four at the British Masters Rowing championships next weekend.
The Junior crews upheld the honour of the Club though, with some fine wins. James Smith for the second week running, winning both his Single Scull in the J15 category, and the Double Scull with his partner Arun from Hexham RC. His training partner James Martin again won his J17 Single Scull after several challenging heats, as he did the previous weekend. He was competing in the semi-finals against fellow Talkin Tarn member Jacob Norman – who was “fresh” from winning his Novice Single Scull race after four heats, losing his novice status in the process. Jessica Machin and Georgina Rowntree had a fine win in very choppy conditions in their J14 Double Sculls, and a good outing in their Quad, with first time competitors Jess Laithwaite & Madeleine Dearman, coxed by Tom Lewis.