Devoke Water: A Hidden Gem in the Lake District

The Lake District National Park is awash with stunning lakes, each with its own unique character. But nestled away on Birker Fell, there's a hidden gem waiting to be discovered - Devoke Water. 

This beautiful tarn (a small glacial lake) holds the title of the largest tarn in the whole Lake District. While not as grand as some of its more famous cousins, Devoke Water offers a tranquility that's hard to beat. 

A Haven for Wildlife and Anglers

Surrounded by low-lying fells, Devoke Water is a haven for wildlife. Keep an eye out for soaring buzzards, listen for the gentle plop of a frog, or see if you can spot the flash of a fish jumping. Speaking of fish, Devoke Water is a well-kept secret amongst anglers. Its deep, dark waters are home to a healthy population of brown trout and perch, making it a fantastic spot to cast a line (permit required from Millom Anglers).

Walking Trails and Breathtaking Views

Devoke Water can be reached via a bridleway that winds across Birker Fell. This moderately challenging route offers stunning views of the surrounding countryside, making it a great option for a walk with a bit of a workout. If you're looking for a more leisurely stroll, there's a shorter path that leads directly to the water's edge.

A Place for Peace and Reflection

Once you reach Devoke Water, you'll be struck by its serenity. The stillness of the water is only broken by the occasional bird call, creating a truly peaceful atmosphere. There's a small, two-story boathouse that doubles as a refuge, offering a place to shelter from the elements and soak in the scenery. 

Devoke Water is the perfect destination for those seeking a escape from the hustle and bustle. Whether you're an angler, a walker, or simply someone who appreciates a bit of peace and quiet, this hidden gem in the Lake District is sure to leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. 


Devoke Water
Devoke Water


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