Levers Water

Type; Natural, enlarged by damming
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Location; Coppermines Valley, Coniston
Accessibility; Access Land
Grid Ref; SD 279 993
Elevation; 413m (1355 feet)
Size; 425 x 378m (1380 x 1230 feet)
Area; 14.9 hectares (36.8 acres)
Depth; 38m (125 feet)
Meaning of name; Lafhere's tarn or the reedy tarn
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Levers Water lies at the head of the Coppermines Valley above Coniston. Originally a natural corrie tarn, it has provided water for hundreds of years to the mines in the valley below, which needed it for power and processing. The tarn was enlarged when the present dam was built in 1717, to provide a more reliable source of water. The mines have long since closed and Levers Water now stores and provides drinking water for Coniston and the surrounding villages.

Surrounded by Raven Tor, Little & Great How Crags and High Fell, it can be accessed by taking the Coppermines Valley footpath from Coniston or viewed from above from Levers Hause, the saddle between Coniston Old Man and Swirl How.