Devoke Water

  • Largest tarn in the Lake District
  • Wide ranging views north and west
  • Fishing for brown trout

Hidden away on Birker Fell lies Devoke Water, a paradise for fishermen and entertaining enough for a short walk. I visited the higher ground of Water and Rough Crag to the north for the lovely views up Eskdale and the Scafell range which certainly added to the attraction of the walk. Being near the marvellous Duddon Valley also helps. Devoke Water itself is a large tarn nearly 1 mile in length which houses brown trout and perch for the connoisseur (fishing rights from Millom Anglers) and is possibly the largest tarn in the Lake District – I only say possibly as there is sometimes some dispute as to when a tarn becomes a lake with a slightly arbitrary height measurement used.

As well as offering an excellent short walk Devoke Water has a number of ancient bronze age settlements and surprisingly the most radio active brown trout in the country (for no apparent reason). However for the walker it is the peaceful surroundings and great views which attract – something unusual on such a large expanse of water.

Recommend: A full week or long weekend’s walking holiday either in the Duddon Valley or Eskdale would be superb with short walks like Devoke Water combined with longer such as Scafell or Dow Crag.

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL6 The English Lakes South West Buy Map
Start Point: SD 171978. There is roadside parking where the road between Ulpha and Eskdale Green meets the bridleway to Devoke Water.
Height to Climb: 112 ms (367 feet)
Terrain: Most of the walk is on a good path but between the two 'crags' this can become wet.
Eating & Drinking: This is really a classic picnic area but the nearest 'official' eating and drinking is at the King George IV inn and the Bower Inn both at Eskdale Green.
Similar Walks Nearby: Fells over the Duddon Valley
Eel Tarn from Boot
Discover the Upper Esk
Places to Stay:


King George IV ApartmentsRavenglass Camping & Caravanning