Seathwaite Tarn

Type; Natural, enlarged by damming
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Location; Seathwaite Fells
Accessibility; Access Land
Grid Ref; SD 252 987
Elevation; 374m (1227 feet)
Size; 1.2 x 0.4 Km (¾ x ¼ miles)
Area; 25.6 hectares (63.25 acres)
Depth; 24m (80 feet)
Meaning of name; sedge clearing tarn
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Seathwaite Tarn was once a smaller natural tarn until it was dammed in 1907, which significantly enlarged it to provide water for the Barrow area. It contains one small island to the northern side whilst the southern side climbs steeply across broken ground to Dow Crag. The head of the valley rises to Levers Hause, on the ridge between Coniston Old Man and Swirl How.

There is a fine view of the tarn from Levers Hause, alternative routes for walking to the tarn directly are from the Dunnerdale Forest car park (near Birks Bridge) or by following the access road up from Broad Haws, near Seathwaite village.