We woke on Sunday morning to solid rain yet again and it was the 1 July. Will we ever have any summer!
After lunch when the rain seemed to be easier we headed out to Haweswater. This man made lake came into existance when a dam was built across Mardale valley. The controversial construction of the Haweswater dam was started in 1929, after Parliament passed an Act giving Manchester Corporation permission to build the reservoir to supply water for the urban conurbations of north-west England. The populations of two villages of Mardale and Measand had to be relocated and then villages were pulled down. Coffins were removed from the graveyard, and buried elsewhere, and Mardale church was demolished.
Heather remembered visiting the Lake District many years ago following a drought, the water level was so low that what was left of the villages such as the stone bridge could be seen. The other extreme existed today. It started to rain again so we abandoned taking a walk by the lake
From the reservoir we went and found the remains of the Shap Abbey. In the brief respite from the rain we had a quick walk around the ruined abbey. We learnt that it was built in 1199, and was the last Abbey to be founded in England, and the last to be dissolved by Henry VIII in 1540. It was founded by the Premonstratensian order, also known as the White Canons from the colour of their habits. Today the striking west tower which was built in the early 16th Century still stands dominating the site.
Just after we finished our walk it started to rain heavy again so we headed back to the coach.