Scandale Beck

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Scandale Beck
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Scandale Beck, high up the beck near its source at Bakestones Moss, with Windermere to the south.
Country England
County Cumbria
Source Bakestones Moss
 - location west of Kirkstone Pass, Cumbria, Lake District National Park, Cumbria, England
 - elevation 300 m (984 ft)
 - coordinates 54°28′57″N 2°57′12″W / 54.48250°N 2.95333°W / 54.48250; -2.95333
Mouth River Rothay
 - location near Ambleside, Lake District National Park, Cumbria, England
 - elevation 180 m (591 ft)
 - coordinates 54°25′56″N 2°58′17″W / 54.43222°N 2.97139°W / 54.43222; -2.97139Coordinates: 54°25′56″N 2°58′17″W / 54.43222°N 2.97139°W / 54.43222; -2.97139
Length 6.5 km (4 mi)

Scandale Beck arises in Lake District National Park on Bakestones Moss, west of Kirkstone Pass, and flows south for much of its length of six and a half kilometers.

It flows under High Sweden Bridge,[1] a 17th-century packhorse bridge, past High Sweden Coppice and Low Sweden Coppice, before turning west for a short distance north of Papermill Coppice, and turning south to join the River Rothay east of Ambleside. The Rothay flows only a short distance south before emptying into Windermere, the largest natural lake in England.[2]

High head hydroelectric proposal[edit]

In August 2011, Ellergreen Hydro Ltd proposed a 900 kW high head hydroelectric scheme for Scandale Beck.[3] Despite opposition for some quarters, for example, the Angling Trust,[4] planning permission for the development was granted in April 2012.[5]

Looking upstream on the River Rothay. On the right is the mouth of Scandale Beck, flowing off the Scandale fells.


  1. ^ "High Sweden Bridge, Lakes". Retrieved 13 November 2012. 
  2. ^ "Site Information: Windermere". UK Environmental Change Network. Retrieved 7 January 2013. 
  3. ^ Ellergreen Hydro (August 2011). "Scandale Beck - 900kW, Cumbria". Ellergreen Hydro web site. Ellergreen Hydro. Archived from the original on 18 November 2012. Retrieved 19 November 2012. 
  4. ^ Birkinshaw, Niel (11 October 2011). "Scandal on Scandale Beck". Anglers Trust - North West Blog. Anglers Trust - North West. Archived from the original on 18 November 2012. Retrieved 18 November 2012. 
  5. ^ "Notice of grant of planning permission" (PDF). Lake District National Park. 20 April 2012. Retrieved 30 December 2012. 

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