Bassenthwaite

Bassenthwaite Lake is owned by the National Park Authority and is one of the largest measuring in at almost 4 miles long and ¾ mile wide; but also one of the shallowest with a maximum depth of around 70ft. Incidentally Bassenthwaite Lake is the only Lake District lake that has the word 'lake' in its proper title; with others having the word water or mere being substituted name for 'lake'. There has been speculation that Bassenthwaite Lake and Derwent Water in Keswick were once one larger lake.

Bassenthwaite Lake overshadowed by Skiddaw; Lake District Cumbria

Bassenthwaite Lake

It is also said that Bassenthwaite Lake is home to the Eachy: a species of Lake Monster - an eel-like sea creature. The Eachy has been spotted as late as 1973 when it was photographed twice.

Sun Inn - Bassenthwaite Cumbria

The Sun Inn - Bassenthwaite Village

Bassenthwaite Village is located a short distance from Bassenthwaite Lake; underneath the shadow of Skiddaw. This classic village has a small pub: The Sun Inn, village green and small stream running though it.

St John's Church Bassenthwaite

St. John's Church

The Bassenthwaite area is also home to the Osprey with view points at Dodd Wood and the exhibition centre at Whinlatter Visitors Centre at Braithwaite. The Osprey; often known as the sea hawk is a fish eating bird of prey. Their nests at Bassenthwaite were the first recorded osprey nests in England for more than 160 years. View the Ospreys Live Webcam.

Running alongside western edge of Bassenthwaite Lake is the A66; with breathtaking views the laybys are popular spots for photographers and bird watchers looking for osprey.

Bothel village near Bassenthwaite

Bothel Village; just north of Bassenthwaite

There are a number of small villages in the surrounding area to Bassenthwaite including Bothel, Sunderland, Mealsgate and Braithwaite.

View across the beautiful Bassenthwaite Lake towards Skiddaw

View towards Skiddaw from the edge of Bassenthwaite Lake

The Bassenthwaite area is the ideal location if you are looking to escape the busier central Lake District but still enjoy the immense beauty of the Lake District. Also located close by are the locations of Cockermouth, Keswick and Carlisle. Bassenthwaite is also within 30 mins drive to the beautiful Solway Coast and in less than one hour from the popular central Lake District locations: Ambleside, Grasmere and Bowness on Windermere. In addition to these locations there are a number of attractions within the Bassenthwaite area including: Lake District Wildlife Park and the historic family run Mirehouse and its gardens stretching from Dodd Wood to the Bassenthwaite Lake.

 
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