Small Water

Type; Natural
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Location; Mardale
Accessibility; Access Land
Grid Ref; NY 454 100
Elevation; 457m (1499 feet)
Size;

310 x 185 m (1007 x 600 feet)

Area; 4.29 hectares (10.6 acres)
Depth; 16m (52 feet)
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Small Water is a classic corrie tarn at the head of the Mardale valley, enclosed by the high cliffs of Harter Fell and Mardale Ill Bell. It is easily accessed by taking the Nan Bield Pass footpath from Kentmere or (much closer) from the head of Haweswater, which runs around the northern shore of the lake. It collects water from the whole corrie including two small becks, one to the west and one to he south. The outflow is, to the north-east, Small Water Beck which joins up with Blea Water Beck to form Mardale Beck before emptying into the Haweswater reservoir.

Whilst the lake looks good from close up, I imagine it will also be good seen from above. Maybe I'll have more luck with the weather next time and the cloud will clear instead of descending further like it did on my first visit.