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November 2003
The "lost village" of Mardale
Looking south along Haweswater to Mardale
Looking south along Haweswater to Mardale.

The lack of rain has meant a Cumbrian village which was flooded in the 1930s to form a reservoir has reappeared.

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The pub in Mardale was called the Dun Bull.

Haweswater is one of the largest RSPB reserves in the country at 27,000 acres.

England's only breeding pair of Golden Eagles can be found at Haweswater.

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Mardale & Haweswater photo-gallery »

The village of Mardale in the Lake District disappeared when the Haweswater valley was flooded in 1935.

Flooded road
Flooded road

It was done to create a reservoir to provide for the water needs of Manchester.

When water levels are very low, the walls of the Mardale can still be seen.

It is usually only visible in long, dry summers but has reappeared because of the recent lack of rain.

United Utilities, which looks after Cumbria's water supplies, said the region's reservoirs were about 53% full in October compared with around 70% last year.

It has urged customers to use their water wisely.

The Haweswater Dam
The Haweswater Dam

The Haweswater Dam was considered to be an engineering feat in its time.

It measures 470 m long and 27.5 m high, and is built from 44 separate buttressed units, joined together with flexible joints.

There is also a 56 inch walkway along the top of the dam.

At its maximum capacity the Haweswater reservoir can hold 18.6 billion gallons of water - that's enough to give every one on the planet three baths!

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