Wordsworth Country #5...

Thirlmere Reservoir, in the Lake District.

This is a panorama image (made up of several images stitched together) of the Thirlmere Reservoir and the mountains - including Helvellyn, although hidden at the back in the clouds - to the east.

Although the proposal to turn the area into a dam dates from 1863, there was a lot of local opposition, including from William Wordsworth only surviving son at that time, William, and work to construct the dam wall did not start until April 1886, with the dam being officially 'opened' in October 1894. Work then continued well into the 20th century to increase the dam's capacity. An original plan for the reservoir was to satisfy the needs of London, some 240 miles away. In 1875 the estimated cost of that project was given as £10 million. Saner minds prevailed, and it was decided that the the city of Manchester, 100 miles to the south, would be a better option, particularly given that the water could flow naturally under gravity due to the elevation of the reservoir. And so it does to this day.

As you can see from the image, there was quite a variation of weather that day, but it made for some nice lighting as the sun broke through the rain clouds.