Potter Fell – Potter Tarn and Gurnal Dubs

A 4 mile circular walk from Hundhowe to Potter Tarn, around Gurnal Dubs and then back down to Hundhowe.

Click here for a GPX of the route. I have a paid for subscription to OS mapping and use the OS app on my phone. With this it is possible to download and follow routes. I would recommend, however, having a paper map too especially for longer routes.

I chose this route today as it was bank holiday Monday so more popular areas would be really busy. Potter Fell is just north of Kendal and close to the villages of Staveley and Burneside in Cumbria.

After finding a suitable spot to leave the car near to the hamlet of Hundhowe, I set off up the footpath across the fields to Side House.

Following the track just beyond Side House

The path takes you just in front of the buildings, onto a track and then up onto the fell itself. At this point a right turn, signed Potter Tarn directs you up the hill.

After the turn the path follows the open fell up the hill and on to Potter Tarn.

To get to Gurnal Dubs follow the path that runs parallel to the dam and then climb the stone stile to cross the wall. You are now onto the access land of Potter Fell.

The path crosses a small stream and then continues up and across the fell to the tarn known as Gurnal Dubs. This was originally 3 small tarns before a dam was built at one end to create the one larger tarn. A small private boathouse sits at one end. The fishing rights here are private but it is a great place for a wild swim.

Gurnal Dubs

A track takes you all the way around the tarn from where you can retrace your steps back towards Potter Tarn. The walk could be extended from here if you wish, to circumnavigate the fell.

The access track to the boathouse on Gurnal Dubs
Looking back towards Potter Tarn as you retrace your steps

After climbing the stone stile to cross the wall in front of Potter Tarn, take the path to the left and follow down the hill to return to Hundhowe.

Track back down to Hundhowe

If you choose to do this walk then I hope you find this information useful. How did you get on, let me know in the comments below.

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