Haweswater: Summer, 2017

I often feel that Haweswater is one of the more "forgotten" lakes in the Lake District, especially because its next door neighbour is the incredibly popular Ullswater. But on t'other side that's also one of its strengths: Haweswater sees considerably less traffic and there's hardly any infrastructure around the valley (just one hotel). The place feels quiet, calm, and peaceful, and its history has largely been save for the early 20th century.

Haweswater was originally a much smaller lake, partially separated into two called High Water and Low Water by a slither of land near Measand. The valley containing the lake, Mardale, had two long-standing fell farming villages: Mardale Green and Measand. This had been the case for centuries until 1929 when a government act sealed the fate of this secluded valley and allowed the Manchester Corporation to begin construction of a dam. The villages would be torn down, residents forcibly relocated, and the valley flooded in order to create what is now Haweswater Reservoir, serving the water supply needs of Manchester.

Nowadays the valley has returned to a state of peace and calm once again, though of a different kind. One that involves drastically less people. My wanderings around Haweswater this summer made me appreciate the warm tones of yellows, greens, and reds; a wonderful summer palette, aided by switching to the Vivid colour mode on my Sigma. I was drawn to the area's mirrored shapes, repeating patterns, and lush flora. Hill fog gradually cleared from the fell tops, leaking in soft light down the valley. 

A largely forgotten place, especially by me, and I very much hope to return again.