Category Archives: Westmorland Lakes

Westmorland has four of the Lake District’s best known lakes totally within its boundaries: Grasmere, Rydal Water, Haweswater and Brothers Water. Ullswater and Windermere can also be claimed by Westmorland but were shared with Cumberland and Lancashire respectively as they formed sections of the county boundaries. The shore of Ullswater was predominantly in Westmorland, whilst that of Windermere was chiefly in Lancashire. In addition there is a large number of smaller lakes and tarns.

Haweswater – Westmorland’s Manchester Reservoir

To give this item the title that I have is maybe a little ugly sounding, but it’s done deliberately to highlight the sad fact that Haweswater is not what it was. In some respects it is more than before, at … Continue reading

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Grasmere – Lake of Poets

Grasmere more than any other of Westmorland’s Lake District waters is associated with the Romantic poets who, in the early-19th century, shaped society’s view of Lakeland so profoundly that probably the majority of visitors have seen this region through their … Continue reading

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Rydal Water

Although one of the smaller of the Westmorland lakes Rydal Water makes up for its diminutive size by its almost excessive beauty. It is the pearl in the heart of Lakeland. Although when walking or driving from Ambleside to Grasmere … Continue reading

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Kirkstone Pass and Brothers Water

Brothers Water (or Brotherswater as Alfred Heaton Cooper labelled the watercolour below; or Broad Water or Broader Water as it was called prior to the 19th century) is more of a tarn than a fully-fledged lake but it has a … Continue reading

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