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.
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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