For Sale: Stickle Tarn

Do you fancy owning one of the most famous hill tarns in the Lake District? Stickle Tarn is up for sale.

Pavey Ark in the morning sunshine., 133 kb
Pavey Ark in the morning sunshine.
© Haighy, Sep 2010

Nestled under Pavey Ark and Harrison Stickle in the Langdale Pikes, the tarn is a much loved scenic spot, a good place to stop for a paddle en route to Jack's Rake and the rest.

Current owners, the Lake District National Park Authority no less, have put the tarn on the market at a guide price of £20,000 - £30,000.

The 24.2 acre site includes the tarn and a surrounding strip of shoreline. But quite what any new owner will actually do with it is unclear.

'Stickle Tarn is located in one of the most spectacular areas of the Lake District' says the sales blurb, '...surrounded by the wonderful Langdale Pikes with magnificent views across Langdale and beyond.'

'Built as the water supply for the old Elterwater Gunpowder Works the tarn is still used as a water supply. The original water level was raised by a damn [sic], and the regulations of the Reservoirs Act 1974 apply.'

'The whole area is a part of the Langdale Pikes SSSI and surrounded by Common Land.'

The closing date for tenders is 12 noon, 12th March.

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