Population: 480 Grid Reference:  SD934904 Co-ordinates: 54.309,-2.103

Leaving Hawes on the way to Aysgarth is Bainbridge. An attractive village, it is set out around a large green at the centre of which are some stocks, used to punish minor offenders in days gone by. To the south of Bainbridge is one of the Yorkshire Dales' few expanses of open water, Semerwater. Linked to the River Ure by the shortest river in England, the River Bain, Semer Water is a clean, well maintained lake which offers a safe area for outdoor swimming


The village green and stocks, Bainbridge.

as well as boating. You can even have a beach party here! Legend has it that a town once stood where Semer Water is now, drowned by an old man's curse after he went begging for food without any luck until he was offered food and rest by a lonely shepherd. In the morning he cursed the town: 'Semer Water rise! Semer Water sink! And swallow the town and save all this house where they gave me meat and drink.' Immediately the waters rose, drowning this inhospitable town.

Semer Water.