At an elevation of around 722 m (2,370 ft), the Three Tarns are located high in a col between Crinkle Crags and Bowfell. They are natural and their size and indeed number varies, the smaller tarns liable to disappear in times of low rainfall. This means they are often missed by walkers and in fact, they are not by themselves a particularly impressive sight. What is popular, though, is the great panorama from this location of the Langdale Pikes to the east and the Scafells to the west; Bow Fell to the north; and Crinkle Crags to the south. Lying at the meeting point of footpaths from Eskdale, Wrynose Pass, Esk Hause and Great Langdale, this is also a favoured location for wild camping.