Watendlath Tarn

Type; Natural
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Location; Watendlath
Accessibility; Private but with footpaths
Grid Ref; NY 275 161
Elevation; 262m (860 feet)
Size;

300 x 200 m (975 x 642 feet)

Area; 3.73 hectares (9.2 acres)
Depth; 17 m (56 feet)
Meaning of name; tarn at the end of the lake
Alternative name(s);  


Watendlath Tarn sits at the head of a hanging valley (the foot of which is at Lodore Falls further north), on the fells between the Borrowdale and Thirlmere valleys. An attractive little tarn, it is surrounded by pastureland which supported the small hamlet beside the tarn. The outfall is to the north, down Watendlath Beck. Immediately after leaving the tarn, the back flows under an ancient (but restored) packhorse bridge.

The name of the hamlet itself, Watendlath, derives from the Old Norse vatn-endih-hlada "water-end barn".