Heather and Haweswater.


Haweswater is a reservoir in the valley of Mardale in the North East of the Lake District. In the 1930’s this four mile stretch of water was created from the original smaller lake and the flooding of the picturesque Mardale Valley. Two villages, various farms and ‘ The Dun Bull Inn’ were destroyed, so that Manchester and other urban areas could benefit from a decent water supply. The reservoir still provides a good percentage of the North West’s water.

At the moment Haweswater’s water levels are much lower than usual, so it is possible to see the remains of the sunken village of Mardale Green, at the top end of the lake. However after parking at the Haweswater Hotel ( the only residence on the lakeside) and enjoying a spot of lunch, time restricted our planned walk to the ruins. Instead we ambled a couple of miles along the road to a heather strewn viewing point, the purple blooms are just coming into flower, and make for a beautiful backdrop. ๐Ÿ˜Š






Possibly a Silver Y Moth, but please let me know if I am wrong…

The Haweswater Hotel was built in 1937 by the Manchester Corporation, after the flooding of the valley. Inside it is decorated in an impressive Art Deco style, harking back to it’s 1930’s beginnings. We actually stopped there in 2016 for a couple of nights…and it was almost empty of guests. Happily this Summer’s beautiful weather and the ‘reappearance of the village in the reservoir’ have peeked tourists curiosity, concerning this lesser known (though still idyllic) area of The Lake District….





Have you seen any heather blooming yet? Its still quite early, so it was lovely to see this pretty plant already flowering on the banks of the lake.

Have you ever been to Haweswater?

28 thoughts on “Heather and Haweswater.”

    1. Its a more secluded lake yet only 20 mins drive from the M6 junction 39. The Haweswater Hotel is a nice place to go for lunch. Its dog friendly and on previous visits we have seen red squirrels feeding in the grounds.

  1. Stunning views and great pic of Silver Y moth! Well worth a full day’s walk (with giant picnic) around the whole lake. No red squirrels on your travels?

  2. I wish we had had the time to do the full lake walk. It is still possible to do, but one side of the lake would have to be walked along the road. The footpath there is still awaiting repairs. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
    We have seen red squirrels up there….but not this time sadly. X

  3. Lovely photos, I particularly like the header pic, it makes me want to go there. Quite coincidentally I read a mention of the ruined village on a diving forum only the other day, it’s a shame you didn’t have time to see it as it would be really interesting.

    1. Thanks Eunice. Yes I am sad I didn’t get the chance. I think its mostly just walls and a stone bridge that are actually there, I may be wrong. A member of staff at the hotel told me that some people were disappointed as they had read that a church bell had been heard ringing down there. Quite doubtful. Lol. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. Excellent photos of a gorgeous place! I saw lots of heather last Friday in a beautiful spot called Nab Hill near Heapey, Chorley, close to White Coppice and in idyllic countryside. I was visiting the Life for a Life Memorial Forest where a friendโ€™s ashes are interred beneath a silver birch tree. She would very much have approved of her family choosing such a lovely spot amongst ferns and heather.

      1. I had to fight the urge to take photographs. My friend would have found that funny and wouldnโ€™t have minded at all, but I donโ€™t think everyone there would have felt the same way ๐Ÿ˜€

  5. I think your right about the heather. I hope to see lots in Scotland when we go later this month. Fingers crossed! And Highland cows. ๐Ÿ˜x

    1. It’s a nice lake to visit. Quieter than some of the others. There used to be England’s last Golden Eagle living there but alas he’s passed or maybe flown North to Scotland.

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