This wide-angle photograph is taken from the lower northern slope of Beacon Hill, the largest drumlin in rural Low Furness.  Mere Tarn is a small but permanent body of open water which is drained from the surrounding bedrock of limestone and from the elevated ground of the encircling drumlins.  The drumlins were deposited when the last ice age melted from around 14000 years ago and consist of debris carried by glacial events and movement from the valleys around Coniston in the Lake District approximately 28 km to the north.  In the distance behind Mere Tarn is the village of Scales and a short distance south of Mere Tarn is Gleaston Castle.  The castle no doubt used as its water supply a constantly flowing emergence from the western side of Beacon Hill which is in close proximity to the castle.

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