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Semerwater seen from the opposite side of Wensleydale


From here you can see the lake is in an unusual location in what is probably a depression sculpted by ice.

The notched lip of the outflow could well be moraine-like material banked up from ice flowing in the main valley.

So the lake is a very 'temporary' feature in geological time scales.

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The lake would have been much deeper and larger in the past but has eroded the outfall where it flows to the main River Ure in Wensleydale.

This will continue imperceptibly until the area becomes a dry side-valley (unless another glaciation occurs first!)

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