Semer Water - Yorks Dales

Trevor Kersley

Easingwold,York, United Kingdom

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Semerwater is the largest natural lake in North Yorkshire, England. It is half a mile (800 m) long and in the heart of Wensleydale, opposite England’s shortest river the River Bain
Semerwater is the setting for a well-known legend within Yorkshire. According to the tale, long ago the spot was occupied by a prosperous city. One night an old man (or in some versions, an angel in disguise) came down to the city, in search of food and drink. He went from door to door, and at each house he was turned away. Finally, he came to the hovel of a poor couple just outside the town; the couple took him in and treated him with great kindness.
When the stranger was about to leave, he turned to face the town and uttered the curse:
“Semerwater rise, and Semerwater sink, And swallow the town all save this house, Where they gave me food and drink.”
And as soon as this was said, the waters of the lake rose up and flooded the city, drowning the proud inhabitants and leaving only the hovel of the poor couple on the hillside unscathed.

Pentax K10D 18-55mm lens
1/15 f13 ISO200 focal 18mm ND4 Filter

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