Devoke Water

Devoke Water and the high fells by Andrew LeaneyDevoke Water, sitting at 770 feet on Birker Fell, is one of Cumbria's highest tarns. At almost a mile in length, it is also one of its largest. The tarn itself has nothing to recommend it, being situated in a rather desolate and isolated landscape.

The trout that inhabit Devoke's 46-foot deep waters have the reputation of being the most radioactive freshwater fish in all of England. A stream, Black Beck, flows out of the tarn and cascades 26 feet on its way to the River Esk.

The name ‘Devoke’ may be from the Old Welsh ‘dubaco’ that means ‘the dark one’. The fellside where it lies is scattered with more than 1200 prehistoric remains. Today, a deserted lodge/boathouse is the only sign of human habitation around the tarn.

Devoke Water by Andrew Leaney

Devoke Water by Andrew Leaney

Devoke Water on the Birker Moor road between Eskdale and Ulpha, reached by bridle track.

Photos courtesy of Andrew Leaney The Lakeland Fells

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