Dozmary Pool

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Dozmary Pool
Dozmary pool panorama.jpg
Location Bodmin Moor, Cornwall
Coordinates 50°32′32″N 4°33′01″W / 50.5423°N 4.5502°W / 50.5423; -4.5502Coordinates: 50°32′32″N 4°33′01″W / 50.5423°N 4.5502°W / 50.5423; -4.5502
Basin countries United Kingdom
Surface area 14.9 ha / 36.8 acres
Shore length1 1.5 km / 0.9 mi
Surface elevation 268 m / 879 ft
Islands none
1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.
Dozmary Pool is located in Cornwall
Dozmary Pool
Map showing the location of Dozmary Pool within Cornwall.
:Some of the information shown above makes use of the following source(s):[1]

Dozmary Pool is a small lake on Bodmin Moor, Cornwall, England, UK situated 16.9 km/10.5 mi from the sea.[1] It lies about 15 km northeast of Bodmin and 2 km south of Bolventor: it originated in the post-glacial period. The outflow from the pool is into Colliford Lake and is therefore one of the sources of the River Fowey. At one time the name was often spelled 'Dozmaré': at the end of the 19th century it was described by Sabine Baring-Gould as abounding in fish and surrounded by numerous remains of the working of flint in the Stone Age.[2]

It was designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest in 1951 for its biological interest.[3]

Legendary tales[edit]

It is one site that is claimed to be the home of the Lady of the Lake. According to the legend, it is here that King Arthur rowed out to the Lady of the Lake and received the sword Excalibur. The pool is also the place where Bedivere returned Excalibur as Arthur lay dying after the Battle of Camlann.[4] Another tale associated with Dozmary Pool is that of Jan Tregeagle. In search of deviant exploits, Tregeagle makes a Faustian bargain with the Devil and is given money and power. At the conclusion of his life, he is damned to the bottomless Dozmary Pool, where he is tormented to this day; it is said that Tregeagle's ghost can still be heard howling across the moor.[5] (He was set the task of dipping the water out of Dozmary Pool with a leaking limpet shell, but decided to escape to Roche Rock before being set another task, weaving ropes from the sand of Gwenor Cove.)

Carew's account[edit]

Richard Carew describes the pool as a mile or more in circumference. He tells how some gentlemen of the district experimented to see whether the pool contained fish and found only eels, also that it was nowhere more than nine feet deep.[6]


  1. ^ a b "Data sheet:Dozmary Pool". Retrieved April 3, 2009. 
  2. ^ Baring-Gould, S. (1899). A Book of the West ... Vol. 2: Cornwall. London: Methuen, p. 87
  3. ^ "Dozmary Pool". Natural England. 1986. Retrieved 27 October 2011. 
  4. ^ Bishop, Ray (1994). North Cornwall Camera. Bodmin: Bossiney Books. ISBN 0-948158-97-2. 
  5. ^ Thompson, E.V. (1984). 100 years on Bodmin Moor. St Teath: Bossiney Books. pp. p9. ISBN 0-906456-90-8. 
  6. ^ Carew, Richard (1602) The Survey of Cornwall; ed. with an introduction by F. E. Halliday. London: Andrew Melrose, 1953; reissued in 1969 by Adams & Dart, London ISBN 0-238-78941-1; pp. 192-93