Looking down to the dam end of Haweswater.
We set out from the little village of Burnbanks for todays walk. Found in the shadow of Haweswater dam, this unassuming little village, with its collection of bungalows, village green and an unmistakable air of newness, must surely have a degree of guilt built into its foundations. For Burnbanks would never have came into existence if it weren't for the demise of another village - that of Mardale Green.
Although Burnbanks hadn't yet been built, the fate of these two villages was sealed, when in 1919 the Manchester Corporation Act authorised the building of a water works at Haweswater. The awful outcome of this was that within three decades, Mardale Green; an already thriving and centuries old community would be in ruins at the bottom of the reservoir. Burnbanks on the other hand, would go on to enjoy a more favourable outcome from this episode in the history of the valley. Due to the remoteness of the area and enormity of the project, the workforce had to be brought in from elsewhere. Needless to say these workers had to be accommodated within walking distance of the site. So here we see the irony in all this. The brand new village of Burnbanks was originally built to house the very people who were employed to build the dam which would eventually cause the valley to flood and drown the village of Mardale Green.