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Haweswater reservoir pier, Mardale

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Haweswater is a reservoir built in the valley of Mardale, the Lake District. The construction of the Haweswater dam was started in 1929 it supplies water for the urban conurbations of north-west England. Haweswater is now one of the largest lakes at 4 miles long and 1/2 mile wide, and has a maximum depth of 200 feet . It is the most easterly of the lakes, and has no settlements on its shores. A concrete dam, 1550 feet wide and 120 feet high was built and is now surrounded by forest, it makes for a spooky location with 84 billion litres behind it.

The reservoir is very photogenic with much to photograph: the fells, the pier, the dam and wildlife. The pier its self stands on the east shore of the reservoir and is an interesting subject. Unfortunately when I went the weather was awful and the lake high, as a result sunset was disappointing and the arches of the pier were hardly exposed. So like with any locations in the Lakes getting the perfect conditions is unlikely. However if you are lucky this photo-location is suited to sunset, as it sets looking towards Harter fell (directly behind the pier in the sample images). When the water level is lower a pathway allows you to get down to the lake side to find the perfect composition. For the perfect shot I recommend visiting when the fells are capped with snow.

If you are looking for somewhere local to stay or just somewhere to eat and drink, I recommend the Haweswater Hotel, it's a 10 minute walk from this location.

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Haweswater reservoir

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