Guide to the Lakes

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Thirlmere is a reservoir which was established by Manchester City Corporation Waterworks in the 1890s to provide water for Manchester. Originally having two hamlets and two smaller lakes, the valley was sealed by a 104ft high dam and the surrounding area planted with trees, many of which have been cleared over the years revealing an attractive lake and mountain vista, most often viewed from the A591, Keswick-Ambleside road.

There are no boats on the lake, and no swimming permitted. The best access is from the minor road along the Western shores.

Location map


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