Today, after many, many months of inactivity, I pulled on my hiking boots and set off to a place I’ve always been tempted to visit. That place is called Devoke Water. I’m extremely pleased that this lovely location can now be ticked off my must visit list – and a return journey is most certainly on the cards!
Devoke Water is a Tarn (small lake). It is the largest tarn in the Lake District National Park. It lies on Birker Fell, 1 km to the west of the road between Ulpha and Eskdale, at an altitude of 770 feet (223 m). It has a depth of 46 ft (14 m). It can be reached via a bridle track. There is an interesting two-storey stone boathouse and ruined stable. The boat house and pier, like the island are unique features. Camping is not allowed on the shores of Devoke water.
Devoke Water has an outlet in the north west, via Black Beck, which, after a short distance, plunges over rocks down a 26 ft (8 m) cascade, towards the River Esk. The fishing rights to Devoke Water are owned by Millom Anglers and it is stocked with brown trout. It also holds perch.
The remote tranquility of Devoke Water allows you to ruminate. Almost completely forgetting the outside world. It’s an awesome place to visit.
For this walk, park on the roadside of Austhwaite Brow, and head along the road until you come to a cross-roads. Take the rough cobbled track (signposted). After approximately 200 metres, veer left across moorland, and head up over The Seat – a craggy outcrop which will give you brilliant views of the tarn. From there, proceed down to the waters edge and circumnavigate – be aware that the ground can be very boggy. On completion of the circuit, return to your starting point.
- Distance: 5.1 miles
- Max elevation: 280 metres