The Lake, Clapham

The Lake, Clapham

Known simply as The Lake, this artificial lake above the village of Clapham was constructed in the 18th century as part of the remodelling of the Ingleborough estate by the Farrar family.

Surrounded by woodland it is a lovely little sheet of water. The lake is well seen from Clapdale Drive, a wide track that passes along the western side of the lake on its through Clapdale Wood towards Ingleborough Cave. This path is especially lovely in the autumn.

The Lake
The Lake

At the foot of the lake a man-made waterfall, known as Clapham Falls drops Clapham Beck down into the village. An information board at a viewing point for the waterfall relates the story of a young lad, called Bill Farrer, who during the Second World War took a rowing boat out onto the lake in stormy weather. Swept down the waterfall he was lucky to get away with just a broken arm.

Autumn by The Lake
Autumn by The Lake

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