Keswick, North Lakes

Details for Thirlmere

Autumn colours at Thirlmere
View from the Northern end of Thirlmere

Thirlmere is located in quiet and untouched valley in the northern Lakes close to Keswick and is a truly wonderful place to visit for a holiday and short break, with a whole range of accommodation, hotels, bed and breakfast and guest houses available in the area to suit all.

Originally two smaller lakes Thirlmere is now 3.5 miles long, 1.2 mile wide and 158 feet deep. In 1889 it was purchased by the Manchester Corporation and dammed to become on huge reservoir. The settlements of Wythburn and Amboth were submerged in the process. Today the only remaining feature from the village is the church at Wythburn. Thirlmere supplies Manchester as well as other parts of North West England with water.

The best way to experience Thirlmere is from the road which threads its way along the shore of the lake. Recently Thirlmere has been opened to the public by its owners North West Water, and there are car parks and lay-bys making the lake easily accessible to the general public.

There are free facilities for sail boarding, canoeing and dinghy sailing which can be enjoyed at anytime; fishing is also available to holders of the Environment Agency Rod License. Woodlands and open fells surround the lake, and tenant farms scatter the 4,800 hectare estate. There are several trails in the woodlands to follow and the fells above the woodlands provide unrestricted access to walkers.

Thirlspot Inn is very popular with walkers in the Helvellyn area, here the view widens across green fields to the northern fells and in particular Blencathra. There is still the old granite quarry to the south is now a site of mining and quarrying museum. Blencathra village offers marvellous panoramic views towards the Keswick Golf Club and the mountains.


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