Guide to the Lakes

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In the 1830s the valley of Mardale, containing a small lake called Haweswater and the villages of Measand and Mardale Green was, despite a great deal of protest, dammed by Manchester Corporation and flooded to create Haweswater Reservoir. Now 4 miles long and up to 200ft deep, this is the most easterly of the lakes, and is known mainly for the being the only place in England where Golden Eagles may be found. A pair nested there until 2004, when the female vanished, leaving the lone male which is protected by the RSPB.

There is only one access road to the lake, which runs along the eastern side. Car parking areas allow access to the fells.

Map showing Haweswater


The various photographic images on this website are copyright of Jenkin Hill Internet or Keswick Tourism Association or Cumbria Tourism or Kelvyn Sheppard.