Stickle Tarn (Langdale)

Type; Natural, enlarged by damming
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Location; under the Langdale Pikes
Accessibility; Access Land
Grid Ref; NY 287 077
Elevation; 473m (1552 feet)

380 x 250 m (1235 x 810 feet)

Area; 8.4 hectares (20.75 acres)
Depth; 16m (53 feet)
Meaning of name; the tarn by the prominent peak
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The better-known of the two Stickle Tarns, this one is in a dramatic location. Set in a large corrie below the Langdale Pikes peaks Harrison Stickle and Pavey Ark, it hangs above the Great Langdale valley. It was enlarged by the building of a stone dam in 1838 to provide water for the gunpowder works at Elterwater and the mill at Millbeck. This raised the level by 2 metres (6½ feet), but doesn't adversely affect the beauty of the tarn, and is regularly maintained by the National Park Authority

The views from Stickle Tarn are impressive - across the tarn itself to both Pavey Ark and Harrison Stickle, and a birds eye view down the Great Langdale valley.