A ten minute walk away from my home is the tranquil Longlands Lake – the lake was previously known as Brokenlands. The wildlife sanctuary has 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.
A circular walk around the former mining site provides safe and enjoyable access all year round for walkers, wheelchair users and those with pushchairs and young children. The surface material is finely crushed local quarry stone which provides a hardwearing, compact surface.
Longlands Lake is on the site of the former Longlands iron ore mine, which first produced ore from four pits between 1879 and 1904. After the mine was abandoned in 1924 the galleries flooded, the ground sank, and became flooded, making the lake. You can still see some of the foundations of the old iron-ore buildings scattered around the lake to this day.
There is a parking area near the lake, picnic areas, a path which goes round the lake, and a seperate path which goes to the remains of the old forge, then on to Dent Fell.
The lake is managed by Wath Brow and Ennerdale Angling Association who stock the lake regularly with rainbow trout. A wheelchair accessible platform has been constructed while elsewhere around the lake a number casting platforms have been built.