Devoke Water

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Devoke Water

Devoke Water is a small lake in Cumberland, within the Lake District. It is reckoned the largest tarn in the county and in the whole Lake District.

The Water lies on Birker Fell, less than a mile west of the road between Ulpha and Eskdale, at an altitude of 770 feet. It has a depth of 46 feet.

Devoke Water can be reached by a bridle track. There is a two-storey stone boathouse-cum-refuge and a ruined stable. Devoke Water has an outlet in the northwest, by way of Black Beck, which, after a short distance, plunges over rocks down a 26-foot cascade, towards the River Esk.

The fishing rights to Devoke Water are owned by Millom Anglers and it is stocked with brown trout. It also holds perch.

The Circuit of Devoke Water

One of the chapters of Alfred Wainwright's The Outlying Fells of Lakeland is a circular walk anticlockwise around Devoke Water, starting and finishing on the road to the east. He describes the summits Rough Crag at 1,049 feet, Water Crag at 997 feet, White Pike at 1,370 feet, Yoadcastle at 1,610 feet, Woodend Height at 1,597 feet and Seat How at 1,020 feet, and notes that White Pike has a "splendid columnar cairn" and a view to Muncaster Castle.[1]


  1. Wainwright, A. (1974). "The Circuit of Devoke Water". The Outlying Fells of Lakeland. Kendal: Westmorland Gazette. pp. 144–149. 
Major waters of the Lake District
Cumberland: Bassenthwaite LakeBurnmoor TarnButtermereCogra MossCrummock WaterDerwent WaterDevoke WaterEnnerdale WaterLoweswaterThirlmereWast Water
Cumb. / Westm.: Ullswater
Westmorland: GrasmereHaweswaterRydal Water
Lancs. / Westm.: WindermereElter Water
Lancashire: Coniston WaterEsthwaite WaterSeathwaite TarnTarn Hows