Potter Fell

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Potter Fell
Cairn on Brunt Knott.JPG
The cairn on the summit of Brunt Knott
Highest point
Elevation427 m (1,401 ft)
Coordinates54°23′54″N 2°47′46″W / 54.39833°N 2.79611°W / 54.39833; -2.79611Coordinates: 54°23′54″N 2°47′46″W / 54.39833°N 2.79611°W / 54.39833; -2.79611
Potter Fell is located in Lake District
Potter Fell
Potter Fell
Location in Lake District, UK
LocationCumbria, England

Potter Fell is a fell near the villages of Burneside and Staveley, Cumbria, England. A number of tarns are present on the fell, including Gurnal Dubs Tarn and Potter Tarn.[1] Potter Fell has four major summits, two of which (Brunt Knott and Ulgraves) are mentioned in Alfred Wainwright's The Outlying Fells of Lakeland.[2]


The cairn on the summit of Ulgraves

Potter Fell is made up of four separate peaks, two of which are unnamed. The first unnamed summit (395 m / 1,296 ft) is reached directly via the ascent from Bowston near Burneside.[3] Further north from the first unnamed summit is Brunt Knott (427 m / 1,401 ft), marked by a stone triangulation station at its highest point.[4] Between these first two summits is a small pool of water with a wall running through it, which Wainwright named "wall through a pool".[4] East of these two summits is another unnamed one (390 m / 1,280 ft).[3] Further east is the fourth summit, Ulgraves (332 m / 1,089 ft);[5] like Brunt Knott, the highest point is marked by a trig point. The summit of Ulgraves looks over the Longsleddale valley.[6]

Wainwright's clockwise route starts on the road between Bowston and Staveley and passes the four summits, two named and two nameless, as described above.[2]


Gurnal Dubs, with the boathouse on the near left

There are a number of tarns on Potter Fell, of which Gurnal Dubs and Potter Tarn are the most significant. Potter Tarn is located at the bottom of the ascent to the unnamed summit (395 m).[3] The tarn supplies water to Croppers Paper Mill in Burneside and its flow is moderated by a concrete dam. The present water level is around half of its 1990 level, when the dam was lowered. The outflow from Potter Tarn issues into Ghyll Pool before the stream descends towards the paper mill.[7] Gurnal Dubs is a popular place for recreational fishing and the licences are managed by the Kent Angling Association.[8] It is located to the west of Ulgraves and south of the unnamed summit (395 m).[3] The tarn is home to a boathouse that was renovated in 1985.[7]


  1. ^ Geograph profile, retrieved 30 September 2008
  2. ^ a b Wainwright, A. (1974). "Potter Fell". The Outlying Fells of Lakeland. Kendal: Westmorland Gazette. pp. 8–13.
  3. ^ a b c d Lakeland Fells – Potter Fell Archived 2011-07-16 at the Wayback Machine, retrieved 30 September 2008
  4. ^ a b Stridingedge.net – The Outlying Fells of Lakeland A-Z Archived 2009-02-01 at the Wayback Machine, retrieved 30 September 2008
  5. ^ The Lakeland Fells – Ulgraves Archived 2006-06-22 at the Wayback Machine, retrieved 30 September 2008
  6. ^ Wainwright Wanderings – Walk 113 Archived 2008-07-25 at the Wayback Machine, retrieved 30 September 2008
  7. ^ a b Nutall, J. (1995), The Tarns of Lakeland – Vol II: East, p. 149
  8. ^ Lakeland Fishing – Gurnal Dubs, retrieved 30 September 2008

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