Guide to the Lakes

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Haweswater

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