• Thirlmere

  • The history of Thirlmere

    Thirlmere was once a small, natural lake known as Leathes Water. Then in the late Victorian period, the top end of Leathes Water was dammed in order to supply the city of Manchester with water; creating the Thirlmere we know today. The water level in Thirlmere was raised several times over the last Century, eventually flooding the villages of Armboth and Wythburn; the remains of which can still be seen in periods of prolonged dry weather.

    Natural interest

    Thirlmere has far fewer tourist facilities than other big lakes in the Lake District. To keep the water uncontaminated, Thirlmere was always protected from over-use by the public; and for the purposes of water retention, many trees were planted around the Lake in the early 1900s - meaning that nowadays, Thirlmere is one of the most tranquil and beautiful spots in the Lake District. It is teeming with wildlife, including Red Squirrels; Roe Deer and many varieties of British birds. The woodland surrounding Thirlmere is some of the most well established in the Lake District.

    Walking around Thirlmere

    There are so many fantastic walks starting from Thirlmere, including two routes up Helvellyn. There is a path which runs all the way around the lake if you prefer a flat, woodland walk, or if you're up for more of a challenge, you can walk over the fells to Watendlath tarn via Armboth Fell and High Tove- where you will find a lovely National Trust cafe as a perfect rest stop.

    Useful info

    • Thirlmere is 3.5 miles long
    • 1.2 miles wide
    • 158 feet deep
    • Location: Between Keswick and Grasmere on the A591 
    • OS: NY313147 
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