Haweswater Reservoir, Burn Banks

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Haweswater is a reservoir in the English Lake District, built in the valley of Mardale in the county of Cumbria. The controversial construction of the Haweswater dam started in 1929, after Parliament passed an Act giving the Manchester Corporation permission to build the reservoir to supply water for Manchester. The decision caused public outcry, since the farming villages of Measand and Mardale Green would be flooded, with their inhabitants needing to be relocated. Also, many desired to maintain the picturesque valley in its existing state.
Originally, Haweswater was a natural lake about four kilometres long, nearly divided by a tongue of land at Measand; the two reaches of the lake were known as High Water and Low Water. The building of the dam raised the water level by 29 metres (95 feet) and created a reservoir six kilometres (four miles) long and around 600 metres (almost half a mile) wide. The dam wall measures 470 metres long and 27.5 metres high; at the time of construction it was considered to be cutting-edge technology as it was the world's first hollow buttress dam, using 44 separate buttressed units joined by flexible joints. A parapet, 1.4 metres (56 inches) wide, runs the length of the dam and from this, tunnelled supplies can be seen entering the reservoir from the adjoining valleys of Heltondale and Swindale. When the reservoir is full, it holds 84 billion litres (18.6 billion gallons) of water. The reservoir is now owned by United Utilities PLC. It supplies about 25% of the North West's water supply.
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  • Never really explored the Eastern part of the Lakes, but will do from now on. Up early and into the small car park at Mardale Head before it filled up and then take the path that goes straight on up t...  more »
  • My husband & I decided to do the 10 mile circular after reading about it online. The views are absolutely stunning and the reservoir looks more like a natural lake than a man made reservoir: Unfortuna...  more »
  • Large reservoir with walking paths all around. There is a car park at the far end of the reservoir from where you can walk up to the ancient Roman highway.
  • If you want a walk in the lakes, but don't want to be crowded out. This is for you! Lovely walk, moderately challenging.
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