The United Kingdom has a wide variety of
freshwater wetlands served by the plethora of rivers and streams that flow through the
country. Many of these rivers flow through lakes, lochs or resevoirs. There are some parts
of the British Isles which have more than their fair share such as the Highlands of
Scotland and obviuosly the Lake District in England. Central Wales has a large number of
man made resevoirs which were built to supply the cities of Liverpool, Manchester and
Birmingham with water.Where inns listed on
the Fat Badgers guide are close to a Lake, Resevoir or Loch, we award a 'ships wheel'
Lakes are a body of still water lying in depressed ground without direct communication with the sea. Lakes are common in formerly glaciated regions, along the courses of slow rivers, and in low land near the sea. The main classifications are by origin: glacial lakes, formed by glacial scouring such as those in the Lake District and the Scottish Lochs; barrier lakes, formed by landslides and glacial moraines; crater lakes, found in volcanoes; and tectonic lakes, occurring in natural fissures.
Loch in Argyll and Bute unitary
authority, Scotland. The loch, lying 36 m / 118 ft above sea level, is 37 km / 23 miles
long (the longest in Scotland) and reaches a depth of 100 m / 328 ft. Fed in the northeast
by the rivers Orchy and Strae, it empties to the northwest into the River Awe.
Hydroelectricity is generated above the loch at the Cruachan Dam.
Lake on the River Derwent, Cumbria, England. Bassenthwaite is some 6 km / 4 miles long, and lies west of the peak of Skiddaw (931 m / 3,054 ft) on the northern edge of the Lake District.
Lake in the Cumbrian Lake District,
England, southwest of Keswick; length 2 km / 1.2 miles. It is adjacent to Crummock Water,
with which it once formed part of a much larger, single lake; they are now divided by a
strip of alluvial deposits. The village of Buttermere lies on the northeastern shore of
Lake in the Cumbrian Lake District,
England. It has a length of 8 km / 5 miles and a width of 1 km / 0.6 mi, which makes it
one of the smaller lakes in the area. The village of Coniston (population 1,200; 1991)
lies 14 km / 9 miles west of Bowness, between the lake and Coniston Old Man, which is 802
m / 2631 ft high.
Lake in Cumbria, in the northwest of the English Lake District; 4 km / 2 miles long and 1 km / 0.6 miles wide. Crummock Water is separated from Buttermere to the southeast by an area of marshland. The lake belongs to the National Trust.
Lake in Cumbria,
England, part of the Lake District. Derwent Water stretches for 5 km / 3 miles south of
Keswick into Borrowdale.
Lake in southwest Scotland, 5 km / 3 miles south of Dalmellington, forming part of the border between East Ayrshire and Dumfries and Galloway unitary authorities. It lies nearly 210 m / 689 ft above sea-level, and covers an area 10 km / 6 miles long and 2 km / 1 miles wide. The loch, dotted with several small islands, is enclosed by mountains, and contains salmon and trout. Its surplus waters have been diverted south to the River Ken to augment supply to the Galloway hydroelectric scheme.
Sea-inlet in Argyll and Bute unitary
authority, Scotland, extending about 65 km / 40 miles north and northeast from the Sound
of Bute between the Kintyre peninsula and Argyll on the west and the Cowal peninsula on
the east. It reaches a maximum depth of 200 m / 656 ft. Inverary stands on its western
shore, about 14 km / 9 miles from the head of the loch.
English lake and village in the Lake District, Cumbria, associated with many writers. William Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy lived at Dove Cottage (now a museum) 1799-1808, Thomas de Quincey later made his home in the same house, and both Samuel Coleridge and Wordsworth are buried in the churchyard of St Oswald's.
Lake on the eastern
fringe of the Lake District in Cumbria, England; length 4 km / 2.5 miles. Haweswater lies
22 km / 14 miles north of Kendal, and is situated in less spectacular scenery than other
lakes in the region. It acts a reservoir for Manchester, to which it is linked by an
aqueduct 130 km / 81 miles long.
Lake in Stirling unitary authority,
Scotland, 8 km / 5 miles east of Loch Lomond and 15 km / 9 miles west of Callander. The
loch extends over a distance of 13 km / 8 miles and its width is less than 2 km / 1 miles
at its widest point. Loch Katrine is situated in the heart of the Trossachs area, noted
for its magnificent scenery.
Lake in Perth and Kinross, Scotland;
area 16 sq km / 6 sq miles. The river Leven flows from Loch Leven. It has six islands;
Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned on Castle Island until she escaped in 1568. The whole
loch has been a National Nature Reserve since 1964. The loch is known for its trout
Sea-inlet on the west coast of Scotland,
56 km / 35 miles long and 2-8 km / 1-5 miles wide, forming part of the border between
Highland, and Argyll and Bute unitary authorities. Fort William stands at the head of the
loch , at the junction with Loch Eil and the beginning of the Caledonian Canal system.
Lake in Highland unitary authority, Scotland, covering an area 16 km / 10 miles long and 1 km / 0.6 miles wide. It forms part of the Caledonian Canal system, linked to Loch Oich by Laggan Locks.
Largest freshwater Scottish lake, 37 km / 21 miles long, area 70 sq km / 27 sq miles. It is overlooked by the mountain Ben Lomond (973 m / 3,192 ft) and is linked to the Clyde estuary.
Lake on the west coast of Highland unitary authority, Scotland, extending 19 km / 12 miles in length, with an outflow across a narrow bridge of land to the Sound of Sleat, 5 km / 3 miles south of Mallaig. It is the deepest loch in the British Isles, reaching a maximum depth of 310 m / 1,017 ft.
Lake in the Highland unitary authority, Scotland, extending
northeast to southwest. Forming part of the Caledonian Canal, it is 36 km / 22.5 miles
long, 2 km / 1 miles wide (on average), 229 m / 754 ft deep, and is the greatest expanse
of fresh water in Europe. There have been unconfirmed reports of a Loch Ness monster since
the 15th century.
Lake in Perth and Kinross unitary authority, Scotland, lying 204 m / 669 ft above sea level, and extending over an area 15 km / 9 miles long and about 2 km / 1 miles wide. The River Tummel, a tributary of the River Tay, flows through the loch from west to east.
Small lake in Cumbria, England, between Ambleside and Grasmere, situated beside the road from Ambleside to Keswick. From 1817 until his death in 1850, the poet William Wordsworth made his home nearby at Rydal Mount in Rydal village.
Narrow lake in southwest Highland
unitary authority, Scotland, extending 27 km / 17 miles in length, and widening to less
than 1 km / 0.6 miles. It marked the boundary between the former counties of Inverness and
Lake in Cumbria, northwest England, in the Lake District national park, 6 km / 4 miles southeast of Keswick. It is 5 km / 3 miles long and 1 km / 0.6 miles wide. Thirlmere is surrounded by forests that were first planted when it became a reservoir for Manchester in 1894. The ridge of Helvellyn lies to the east of the lake.
Second largest lake in the Cumbrian Lake District, northwest England, on the east side of Helvellyn ridge; length 13 km / 8 mi, width 1 km / 0.6 miles. The former lead-mining and quarrying villages of Patterdale and Glenridding to the south of the lake now consist mainly of hotels and guesthouses for tourists.
Largest lake in England, in the Lake
District, Cumbria, northwest England; length 17 km / 10.5 miles; width 1.6 km / 1 miles.
Windermere is the principal centre of tourism in the Lake District. The town of the same
name extends towards Bowness on the eastern shore of the lake.