Lake Semerwater

Lake Semerwater is the largest Natural Glacial Lake in the old North Riding of Yorkshire. It is situated in the heart of Raydale in Wensleydale, Herriot Country and is the source of the shortest river in the Country, The River Bain. The lake is a very popular attraction, specially to artists who like to use it for their work. The most famous artist that visited was JMW Turner RA when he was a guest to the lake on 26th of July 1816 attending for one of his many tours, which is now called the Turner Trail. 

The lake is perfect for those wanting to get their shoes dirty, or visitors can also go fish while relaxing in the peaceful countryside. There is plenty of space to see wildlife pass by or even put a picnic out so guests can enjoy food by the fantastic lakeside. In Raydale there is a variety of footpaths and green lanes with bridal ways for any visitors wishing to go for a stroll or cyclists wanting a ride out.  

There is an option to use the lake for outdoor activities such as canoeing, sailing or swimming events. Lake Semerwater has been used as the host for big events like the Yorkshire Dales Triathlon that was held on the 11th of July 2020. They also held a Sue Ryder charity swim event for those visitors wishing to take part in fundraisers while on their travels. 

About an hour drive away guests to Lake Semerwater are able to travel to the historic Thirsk Town Centre where there are all sorts of local shops/restaurants. Visitors will be able to check out the largest attraction on their travels here being The World of James Herriot as the famous vet will have once passed Lake Semerwater on his journeys. 

Low Blean Farm, Semerwater, Bainbridge, Wensleydale, North Yorkshire, DL8 3DJ 

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