Potter Tarn

Type; Reservoir
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Location; near Staveley
Accessibility; Access Land
Grid Ref; SD 494 989
Elevation; 248m (814 feet)
Size; 252 x 159 m (820 x 550 feet)
Area; 2.34 hectares (5.8 acres)
Depth; 6m (20 feet)
Meaning of name; pasture by the deep pool
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Potter Tarn is a reservoir built to supply water to James Cropper's paper mill. It is not as large as when built since the dam became unsafe and the water level was lowered in 1990 by reducing the height of the middle of the dam and constructing a new spillway.

The best view is on the path east toward Gurnal Dubs, from where the fells to the west are also visible.