Stickle Tarn, with Pavey Ark to the right

Stickle Tarn, with Pavey Ark to the right

A prime piece of Lake District real estate has been put up for sale by the national park’s authority.

Stickle Tarn, in the shadow of Pavey Ark and Jack’s Rake, has been placed on the market by park bosses.

Agents acting for the national park authority have put a guide price of between £20,000 and £30,000 for the tarn, which is actually a reservoir formerly used to supply the Elterwater Gunpowder Works.

Michael C L Hodgson of Kendal describes the property as an ‘iconic, simply majestic, stunning tarn’. The property, which covers a total of 9.8ha (24.2 acres), includes a strip of land around the water.

Access, the agents said, is via Stickle Ghyll from the Dungeon Ghyll Hotel.

Their property description says: “Stickle Tarn is located in one of the most spectacular areas of the Lake District.

“The tarn itself extends to about 24.23 acres is 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, and the regulations of the Reservoirs Act 1974 apply.

“The sale includes a strip of land surrounding the tarn. The whole area is a part of the Langdale Pikes [site of special scientific interest] and surrounded by common land.”

The estate agents warn anyone wanting to view the property should be properly kitted out.

“Conditions can be difficult under foot and potential buyers should ensure that they are properly equipped. The walk can take in excess of an hour.

“The land may be viewed at any reasonable time during daylight hours.”

Agents say the sellers will not be obliged to highest offer. The sale will be by tender with a closing date of 12 March.

As well as being a SSSI, the tarn is also subject to the open access land provisions of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act. It lies on popular ascent routes from Great Langdale to Pavey Ark, Sergeant Man and Thunacar Knott. In volume three of his Pictorial Guides to the Lakeland Fells, Alfred Wainwright said: “Stickle Tarn is a place of popular resort, and on most summer days it is only necessary to follow the crowds.”

The tarn is overlooked by the crags of Pavey Ark, including the grade-one scrambling route Jack’s Rake, which has been the site of several fatal falls in recent years.

Potential buyers will have to fill in a questionnaire on their intentions and aspirations for the future of woodland on the land.

The agents added: “The monitoring and maintenance of the damn [sic] is subject to the regulations of the Reservoirs Act 1974.” Any new owner will also have to maintain walls and fences on the site.

Grough was unable to contact the national park authority at the time of posting.

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