Lying on the eastern edge of the Lake District National Park is the well known but not so often visited Haweswater. Possibly due to its perceived isolation but is actually only a 20 minute drive from junction 39 of the M6 motorway. With access to some stunning fell walking up Harter Fell, Mardale Ill Bell and High Street to name just a few, not to mention lake views to rival any in Cumbria. It’s definitely worth venturing over to see.
Before the valley was flooded in 1935 this tranquil reservoir was once the highest natural lake in the Lake District at 211 meters. Before this, the valley was home to the small hamlet of Mardale which including a church and pub, although all the buildings where removed before the valley was flooded, every so often after long periods of dry weather, remanence of old farm tracks, stone walls and building foundations are revealed as the water levels drop.
The rich history of Haweswater valley doesn’t stop there with evidence of settlements dating back to the Bronze age including standing stones, burial cairns and a hillfort on Castle Crag. Along the western side of the valley along the hill it is named after lies the highest Roman road in England – ‘High Street’.
There’s some beautiful walks over to the valleys of Kentmere via the Nan Bield Pass and Longsleddale via the Gategarth Pass, another of the Lake Districts hidden gems.
Although the isolated beauty of Haweswater is its draw, the valley does have a place to stop for refreshments. About half way down the lake road is the Haweswater Hotel which has a bistro and brasserie that serves food and drink from 12pm to 11pm daily and boasts fantastic views over the lake.
Distance from Langdale -
Approx. 38 miles
Approx. 1 hour 20 minute drive
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