Moss Eccles Tarn

Type; Artificial
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Location; Near Sawrey
Accessibility; part Access Land, part private with footpath access
Grid Ref; SD 371 968
Elevation; 166m (545 feet)
Size; 294 x 165 m (955 x 680 feet)
Area; 3.2 hectares (7.9 acres)
Depth; 5m (15 feet)
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Moss Eccles Tarn is an attractive manmade lake on the fell above Near Sawrey. Beatrix Potter kept a boat here when she and her husband lived in Far Sawrey. She often sat and sketched the tarn, using it as a basis for her Jeremy Fisher stories. In 1926 she bought part of the tarn and left it to the National Trust upon her death.

Easily accessed by a footpath from Near Sawrey, the tarn is shaped rather like a comma with a mixture of grassy and wooded banks.