Gurnal Dubs

Type; Natural, enlarged by damming
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Location; 2 miles east of Staveley
Accessibility; Access Land
Grid Ref; SD 503 991
Elevation; 281 m (922 feet)
Size; 344 x 150 m (1120 x 508 feet)
Area; 3.13 hectares (7.74 acres)
Depth; 4.5m (15 feet)
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Alternative name(s); Fothergill Tarn


Although artificial, Gurnal Dubs is a very attractive tarn. It was created by erecting a dam to enclose three smaller natural ponds (or "dubs") to make one larger lake. The dam is not excessively obtrusive, being clad in stone and turf. To the western end stands a boathouse, erected by the Fothergill family, whilst to the north is a small tree-clad island. The tarn is silting up on that side, however, and the island is now barely separated from the shore.