Longlands Lake, Cleator

Longlands Lake, Cleator

Dent View:

Longlands Lake nestles between Egremont and Cleator Moor on the West Coast of Cumbria and supports an abundance of wildlife within a variety of habitats, which include: broadleaf woodland, unimproved grassland and aquatic vegetation.

The lake is important for its bird population and breeding species include mute swan, coot, moorhen, goosander, tufted duck and mallard. There is a circular walk around the lake, providing safe and enjoyable access all year round for walkers, wheelchair users and those with pushchairs and young children.

Longlands Lake is on the site of the former Longlands iron ore mine, which first produced ore in 1879 from four pits. West Cumbria haematite was particularly valued because of its high metal content. However, by 1924 the mines had been abandoned, and in 1939 the mines started to subside, flooding the area to create what is now Longlands Lake.

Longlands was aquired by Cumbria County Council in 1980, and through sensitive management is now a haven for wildlife of all kinds. The combination of open water, the confluence of the Rivers Ehen and Keekle, herb-rich grassland, gorse scrub and broadleaved woodland invites a broad range of bird species. There is a wide variety of wildflowers, which are at their best in early summer. There is a parking area near the lake, picnic areas, a path which goes round the lake, and a separate path which goes to the remains of the old forge, then on to Dent Fell.