More about the English Lakes
aside about Ennerdale was the Victorian fascination in Black
Pearls. These commanded high prices and could be found, with diligent
hunting, in the freshwater mussels that thrived ( and still do in places)
in the River Ehen, which flows out of Ennerdale Water and through Egremont
before emerging into the Irish Sea alongside the famous (or infamous)
Sellafield nuclear plant.
The Sad Loss of the Anglers Inn
1864 Ennerdale Lake has been used as a water supply for West
Cumbria and in 1902 a shallow weir was added to what is probably
a glacial moraine to maintained the level at 112.3 metres AOD.
In 1980 North West Water again tried to raise the level of the lake by four feet , but after protests and what became known as The Two Lakes Inquiry in 1981 Michael Heseltine refuse planning consent. Fortunately a correct decision with hindsight because neither the chemical works at Whitehaven nor BNFL Sellafield really ended up needing the extra water justifying the bid.
So the Anglers
Inn was demolished needlessly....still it would probably now have had
a huge car park and chicken in the baskets by the cartload!