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 thirst of a growing population.

While researching the history and families of Wet Sleddale, I came across an article written in 2012 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 that the boys were not forgotten, so she kindly allowed me to use some of the information for my first ‘local history’ story. After much correspondence, ground work, and further researching, the events of that sad day and the following years came to light.

This article was updated on 2nd April 2022, after receiving more information.