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Lake District Lakes & Waters

The magnificent scenery of the Lake District has been shaped by geology and glaciation. Lakes were formed at the end of the last ice-age around 15,000 years ago.

Two million years ago the Lake District was covered in a huge ice–cap. As the ice moved it radically changed the surface of the land, forming many basins & U shaped valleys.

Lakes were produced by ice melting & filling these basins.

Tarns were created by ice-filled hollows undergoing a freeze-thaw process which weathered the rocks producing small but deep bodies of water.

Bassenthwaite Lake
Buttermere Lake
Coniston Water
Crummock Water
Derwent Water
Elterwater
Ennerdale Water
Esthwaite Water
Grasmere Lake
Haweswater
Loughrigg Tarn
Loweswater
Rydal Water
Tarn Hows
Thirlmere
Ullswater
Wastwater
Windermere Lake

 

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