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Wet Sleddale, near Shap

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  • Circle a lovely reservoir
  • Views over the eastern Lakes
  • Peaceful and quiet

Wet Sleddale south end

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It was a lovely summer’s evening that on impulse I pulled off the M6 and decided on a circuit of Wet Sleddale, a reservoir that I had never previously visited. I think the name may have put me off in the past. However it turned in to a delightful circuit with plenty of interest; particularly for bird watchers and wildlife experts neither of which I am. 

The reservoir (which feeds Manchester) sparkled in the low sun light and made for some continuously impressive yet changing views. After climbing to the (intermittent) bridleway to the north there were some surprisingly good views over the Pennine fells, Shap and the twin transport lines of road and rail.

Recommend: I took the higher bridleway to the north to avoid the farm houses and absorb the peace of the area, I think it was the correct decision although the path does fizzle out as it heads east.

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL5 English Lakes North East Buy Map
Start Point: NY 555114. There is parking to the south east of the dam. I would head along the south shoreline in a clockwise direction.
Height to Climb: 200 m (630 feet)
Terrain: Can be a little wet near the reservoir and above Thorney Bank the path is not clear as it is rarely used.
Eating & Drinking: The nearest place to eat and have a drink is Shap, only 2 miles distant.
Similar Walks Nearby: Dacre and Dalemain
A walk round Haweswater
Little known Swindale
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