A very sad story about two young boys who tragically drowned while bathing in a lake, and the tale of two valleys submerged to quench the first of a growing population.

While researching the history and families of Wet Sleddale, I came across an article written by Helen Ashworth, who is the 2nd great-niece of the two boys who had drowned in Hawes Water in 1874. Helen was very keen to “get the story out there”, which she wrote in 2012, and kindly allowed me to use the information for my first ‘local history’ story. After much correspondence and ground work, the events of that sad day and the following years came to light.