I had to stop the car and take some photos of the stunningly peaceful December 2009 view of Lake Thirlmere, whilst driving back to our cottage. The reflection of the hills and woodland on the lake was amazing.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia...
Thirlmere is a reservoir in the English Lake District. It runs roughly south to north, with a dam at the northern end, and is bordered on the eastern side by the A591 road and on the western side by a minor road.
The name is sometimes also applied to the whole valley, which connects Grasmere in the south with the Vale of Keswick in the north. The highest point in the valley is Dunmail Raise. The A591 runs the length of the valley and goes over Dunmail Raise.
The Helvellyn ridge lies to the east of Thirlmere. To the west of Thirlmere are a number of fells; for instance, Armboth Fell and Raven Crag both of which give views of the lake.
The reservoir and surrounding forested valley is owned and managed by United Utilities, a private water and utility company.