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How many Lakes are there in the Lake District?

Date: 24th April 2012

How many Lakes are there in the Lake District?

How many lakes are there in the Lake District? it is actually a trick question. Most people will answer 16 but infact there is only one real lake which is:

Bassenthwaite - 4 miles long, 3/4 mile wide and only 70ft deep. The most northerly of all the lakes and very popular with sailing boats. Also the lake has a very rare breed of fish called Vendace which are only found here and in Derwentwater. Lakeside Lodge is only a stones throw from the lakeshore.

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How Goosemire Cottages got its name

Date: 21st March 2012

How Goosemire Cottages got its name

Our Business name Goosemire Cottages is derived from Goosemire Farm, part of the picturesque farming settlement of Mardale Green, which was flooded by Haweswater reservoir in 1935.

Originally Haweswater was a small natural lake only about 2 ½ miles long, almost divided in half by Measland. The two stretches of the lake were known as High Water and Low Water. In 1929 Parliament passed an Act allowing The Manchester Corperation permission to build a dam which would raise the water level by 95ft and create a reservoir 4 miles long, so that they could supply water to Manchester and the surrounding areas. At the time there was public uproar as the farming communities of Mardale Green and Measand had to be relocated as the two villages in the Valley would be flooded. The stone from the village church was used in creating the dam, and the bodies from the graveyard exhumed and reburied in nearby Shap. During times of drought if the water level of the reservoir drops low enough the remains of the two villages can still be seen to this day.

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