Haweswater - A remote getaway location finds the highest lake of 4 miles long, 1/2 wide and 200 ft deep. An impressive feat of engineering created it as a reservoir in 1929 with a capacity of 18 billion gallons. In doing so, the houses and farm of Measdale and Mardale Green were demolished; coffins taken from the graveyard and the area flooded. In times of low water parts of the villages' remains can be seen. This event inspired Sarah Halls novel, "Haweswater".
There are no settlements on it's shores and it is the only place in England where Golden Eagles nest. A viewing point has been established along a narrow path from the Western end. It is open April-August from 11am-4pm. An RSPB managed nature reserve occupies the Naddle Forest.
Excellent views are found from the surrounding hills, especially Harter Fell and the ancient Standing Stones.
The Eden Runners organise a half marathon and other winter and summer events covering sections around and above the lake. Not for the less hardy!.
It is a beautiful setting and one chosen for the filming of "Withnail and I".
The surrounding towns and villages are steeped in history and provide quality accommodation, good value restaurants and cafes, welcoming pubs plus a long list of attractions which will appeal to all ages.
Visit the Lakeland Bird of Prey Centre at Lowther and the Eden Ostrich World with its collection of cattle, donkeys, geese, ducks and the Black African Ostrich.
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