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Drought brings drowned village back

Posted 30 June 2010
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Drought brings drowned village back
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Walkers grabbing a trekking pole for a hike in the Lake District can see a bit of history if their route includes the area around Haweswater.

The recent dry weather has seen the water level drop and traces of the village of Mardale Green - which was abandoned with the creation of the reservoir in the 1940s - are now visible, the Haweswater Hotel has noted.

Walls, roads and a collapsed bridge are among the features visible to walkers visiting the site, which was abandoned in 1935, six years after an act of parliament was passed to build a dam to extend the existing lake and provide water for Manchester.

Those walking in the vicinity may want to try visiting some of the mountain tarns near Mardale Head, such as Small Water and Blea Water, with the latter being deeper than Haweswater's maximum depth at 207 ft, despite its far smaller surface area.

Mardale Head is also the start point of the Nan Bield pass, which takes walkers over to the Kentmere valley.