Wet Sleddale Reservoir

Wet Sleddale Reservoir

Location : Shap   –  Grid Ref : NY 555114

In the distance is Shap and the Shap limestone works.

Just west from the A6, near Shap, Wet Sleddale Reservoir, like Haweswater was constructed to supply Manchester with a supply of fresh water. The valley in which it is located once belonged to Shap Abbey.


Public access to the reservoir is by footpath from a car park at the end of the dam. Excess water from the dam goes into the River Lowther.


From Wet Sleddale Reservoir you can see Shap and the Shap limestone works on a clear day.


In the cult 1987 film ‘Withnail and I’ ‘Crow Cragg’, where Withnail and Marwood end up ‘on holiday by mistake’, is Sleddale Hall, a derelict cottage, dating from at least 1802, alongside Wet Sleddale Reservoir.



Sleddale Hall (lower right) and Wet Sleddale reservoir. Photo by Mathew Emmott

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