10th May 2008

A circuit of Haweswater


Walk Overview
Time 09.00 to 13.45
Duration 4 hr 45 min
Distance 10.2 mile
Ascent 1400 ft
Walking with On my own
Burnbanks - Measand Beck - Bowderthwaite Bridge - Mardale Head - Road to Haweswater Hotel and Burnbanks
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Parking spaces, Burnbanks, Haweswater

There aren't many spaces here I'm afraid and parking is not allowed any further into the village. The good news (or bad news depending n your point of view) is that once these spaces are taken, there is room to park along the road outside the village.


Route Map

Woodland on the outskirts of Burnbanks, with a generous carpet of Bluebells.


It's easily missed if you're not paying attention, but once you catch site of the dam from this side, you begin to realise just how much water is actually being held in. It also reminds us how much bigger Haweswater must be than the original lake was.

A lovely colourful section of footpath.

Stating the obvious I know, but Haweswater was like a mirror this morning, without even the faintest hint of a ripple on the water. The sun was out, it was nice and hot, and as the old bloke I met just outside Burnbanks said "I can't think of anything else I'd rather be doing or anywhere I 'd rather be".

Hazy reflections on Haweswater.

The view back down to the dam end of the lake.

And looking ahead through a line of old concrete fence posts, which aren't at all practical anymore, but still provide an interesting foreground for a photo.


Some more reflections here; these ones formed by the trees on Speaking Crag.

Bowderthwaite Bridge.

By the time I reached the area once occupied by the drowned village of Mardale Green I could tell the day was starting to turn. It was still very hot, but the early morning brightness was beginning to fade somewhat.


The view across to Riggindale, with the prominent pointed top of Kidsty Pike on the skyline.

I'm almost at Mardale Head now and more or less at the half way point of the walk. This photo was taken as I walked across the footbridge over Mardale Beck.

The ever popular car park (and roadside) at Mardale Head.

Leaving Mardale Head.
Well, the sun had well and truly gone now and it was only a matter of time before it rained; which it did. Thankfully I only got caught in a couple of light showers, which weren't even enough to justify taking the waterproofs out of the bag.

The view down to Mardale Head. And now for the long walk back along the road to Burnbanks.


Primroses on the roadside near the Haweswater Hotel.


And finally a picture of Haweswater Dam.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks