Explorer and Independent Biologist

Sunday, 13 February 2011


Thirlmere is a reservoir that was created in 1889 by flooding a valley to merge two smaller lakes into one in order to supply drinking water to Manchester. Two villages were "drowned" in the process. I decided to explore the lake by kayak on a mild, calm, February day.

Thirlmere is 3.5 miles long. 
I launched some somewhere below the bush in the foreground 
and paddled to the far end of the lake, passing the small islands.
For internet picture source click here

I launch at dawn while patchy fog-banks 
still enshroud parts of the lake

The fog-banks give a mysterious look to the lake...

...and some ethereal scenes.

A swollen beck pours from the fell into Thirlmere

Reaching the head of Thirlmere
I pull ashore for a snack 
before the 3-mile paddle back

After lunch the fog has lifted enough 
to reveal the summit of Helvellyn,
England's second highest mountain

By mid-afternoon the fog has gone and 
sunshine through the cumulus  clouds
illuminates the surrounding mountains

You can read more about Thirlmere here


  1. Mate we have a Thirlmere lake here too! I love these photos. I find the history facinating too, so I am going to go and read more about it

  2. Magnificent photographs. Thanks you for taking the time to share these. I wish I could be there.

  3. I love all the foggy photos as well. Very atmospheric. Would be magic to be out kayaking quietly along in it.

  4. I was wondering how high that mountain is? It doesn't look much higher than the 'hills' near here...

  5. Some truly fantastic shots here, hon. Sorry to hear about the drowned villages, though.

  6. They are outstanding arty-farty pics Maalie