Skeggles Water

Type; Natural
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Location; near Kentmere
Accessibility; Access Land
Grid Ref; NY 479 033
Elevation; 308m (1011 feet)
Size;

300 x 290 m (975 x 945 feet)

Area; 4.23 hectares (10.44 acres)
Depth; 3m (10 feet)
Meaning of name; Skakel's lake
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Skeggles Water lies in a shallow depression on the ridge between Kentmere and Long Sleddale, surrounded by glacial debris. The inflow comprises three becks to the north-west whilst the outflow is Skeggleswater Dyke, to the south-west. The shore is somewhat boggy with grassy fields to the west and heather moorland to the east. The peaty ground used to be dug for fuel, whilst the lake was considered for diatomite collection, like Kentmere Tarn - but the scheme never came to fruition.

On my recent visit the weather was rather inclement with strong winds and rain squalls. I made the best of it from on and near the Kentmere path but the lake looks well worth a revist, hopefully exploring a bit more to the southern side - if I can find a way across the various walls and fences surrounding the depression.