Goat's Water

Type; Natural
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Location; Coniston Old Man
Accessibility; Access Land
Grid Ref; SD 265 976
Elevation; 507 m (1663 feet)
Size; 310m x 122m (1007 x 401 feet)
Area; 2.8 hectares (6.96 acres)
Depth; 13 m (47 feet)
Meaning of name;
Alternative name(s); Gaitswater on old maps


In the deep valley, named The Cove, between Coniston Old Man and Dow Crag lies this lovely mountain tarn. An ice-scoured bowl, possibly deepened by a natural dam of fallen rocks, holds the water which collects from the upper reaches of The Cove, before releasing it to eventually drain into Torver Beck and Coniston Water.

Goat's Water can be photographed from pretty well anywhere around, both by the lake and from the ridges above.