Down in the basin of the big eastern fells, you could be forgiven for thinking this giant reservoir was a natural lake as it sits in the basin of the big eastern fells.
You can hike to Haweswater from Ullswater, or you can arrive by road. The scenery here is an echo of wild Canada and was home to England’s last Golden Eagle. If you also catch this area on a summers day, you might see something piercing the surface of the low water. In 1930 there was a village on the bed of the lake that was demolished to make way for the reservoir, it was called Mardale. When the water level drops low enough, you can see the remains of the village.
One of the more overlooked activities in the Lake District and certainly a unique hidden gem to the area. You can swim in most of the lakes across the national park and it is an experience of the life-time. If you enjoy swimming, then doing it amongst the mountains is something you need to experience. Whilst best experienced on a warm day, it’s important to enter slowly as your body adjusts to the temperature shift. But once you’re in, you won’t want to get out!