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Haweswater in the Lake District

Welcome to the EDGE Guide to Haweswater in Cumbria.

Haweswater Reservoir in the Lake District, Cumbria.

Length: 4mls/6.5km.
Nearest towns:

Penrith N on the A66, 15ml/24km.

Location map

Haweswater is a reservoir and as a result activities on the water are understandably restricted.

Haweswater is well known for the appearance of the village of Mardale during periods of drought when the water level falls and the drowned village is left high and dry once more.

Haweswater is largely man made and was first used in 1941.

Under the dam at the northern end are 'Giant's Graves' and dotted around the western shore are standing stones, cairns, tumuli and the site of an old fort. One of the most impressive of the lakes.

Haweswater, the Lake District and Cumbria.

Not far off the road to Shap are the lovely ruins of Shap Abbey. Shap, Bampton and Bampton Grange all provide food and drink, or you could take a picnic.


You can walk round the whole reservoir.

Most of the interesting features are on the western side but easier walking is available on the road that runs the eastern length, which is joined by the Old Corpse Road.

At the end of the road is a footpath that will take you into the fells and up to the ancient Roman Road of High Street.

Haweswater, the Lake District and Cumbria.

There are many other interesting and rewarding walks in the area for all levels of ability.


On the eastern edge of the Lake District and approached via minor roads from the A6.

Map of Haweswater Reservoir