08 March 2012

Shropshire's Lake District

The Mere at Ellesmere is the largest of nine glacial lakes in the area, and is one of the largest meres outside of the Lake District. The other meres of 'Shropshire's Lake District' are Blakemere, Colemere, Crosemere, Hanmer Mere, Kettlemere, Newtonmere, Sweatmere, and Whitemere.

The mere was formed at the end of the last Ice Age, when retreating glaciers shed huge blocks of ice that became isolated and, upon melting, left large depressions. An artificial island was formed in 1812, and named Moscow Island in recall of Napoleon's contemporaneous retreat from Russia. Around the mere are a number of sculptures.

No comments: