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Semerwater is the largest natural lake in North Yorkshire, created in the Ice Age
Semerwater owes its existence to the Ice Age. There was no outlet for the ice from Raydale because of the Wensleydale glacier, in its turn blocked by that of the Vale of York, and as the ice melted, drift dammed the foot of the valley, and a large lake was formed, of which this is a remnant. Eventually the water cut a narrow way through the drift, making the course of the River Bain which is Englands smallest river at only two miles in length.It carries the lake’s waters into the river Ure at Bainbridge, while gills, streams, becks and springs in three small dales (Cragdale, Bardale and Raydale) keep it replenished.
The name, Hawes, means a 'pass between mountains', and it stands between Buttertubs and Fleet Moss. The town is an excellent centre for walking and touring Wensleydale and the adjoining dales of Swaledale, Cotterdale, Dentdale, Garsdale, Wharfedale and Chapel-le-Dale. Take a walk round the Hawes Town Trail, or Millennium Walk, or Pennine Way or along the River Ure, which is nearby.
And who hasn’t heard of the world famous Wenseydale Cheese, made in the town of Hawes and exported all over the world.
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