Priest Pot

Type; Natural
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Location; Hawkshead
Accessibility; Private
Grid Ref; SD 357 978
Elevation; 66m (217 feet)
Size; 158 x 80 m (520 x 260 feet)
Area; 1.1 hectares (2.6 acres)
Depth; 4m (13 feet)
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Priest Pot is a small tarn a few hundred yards north of Esthwaite Water, near Hawkshead. It is thought that at one time it was part of the larger lake and became separated by silt becoming trapped in the reeds eventually becoming solid enough for other plants and trees to take root. It was once used as a fish pond for Hawkshead Hall and, earlier, the monks at Furness Abbey - hence the name.

It is completely private so no close access is possible. The best view is from the Hawkshead-Sawrey road near Town End. The Autumn to Spring period offers some chance of sighting the water, when the surrounding trees are bare.