Bassenthwaite Lake National Nature Reserve, Bassenthwaite

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Bassenthwaite Lake is one of the largest water bodies in the English Lake District. It is long and narrow, approximately 4mi long and 3/4mi wide, but is also extremely shallow, with a maximum depth of about 70ft.It is the only body of water in the Lake District to use the word "lake" in its name, all the others being "waters" (for example, Derwentwater), "meres" (for example, Windermere) or "tarns" (for example, Dock Tarn). It is fed by, and drains into, the River Derwent. The lake lies at the foot of Skiddaw, near the town of Keswick. Some maps dating from the 18th century do in fact mark this lake with the name Bassenwater, and the use of the name Broadwater for this lake is also attested.The A66 dual carriageway runs roughly north/south along the western side of the lake. The lay-bys are popular spots for photographers and bird watchers looking for osprey. The section running south towards Keswick was built along the course of the former Cockermouth, Keswick and Penrith railway line.OriginLike the other Lake District lakes, Bassenthwaite Lake lies in a glacially eroded valley, left after the last glaciation. Bassenthwaite Lake is linked to Derwent Water by the River Derwent, which crosses the 3mi alluvial plain between the two lakes. There has been speculation that Derwent Water and Bassenthwaite Lake were once one larger lake with the alluvial flats now separating them formed from partial infill of the original basin.
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  • Travelling from Keswick to Cockermouth you travel alongside Bassenthwaite Lake. There are places to stop and enjoy the tranquility and beauty of this lake.  more »
  • We were there just after the major snowfall. What a beautiful sight. So much to see and a calm area. Even saw a beautiful old Lancaster bomber being flown over the lake. Almost eye level. Very excitin...  more »
  • When visiting Keswick take a bit of time to check up on Bassenthwaite. Much quieter here but equally beautiful .  more »
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  • Spent a night camping on this lake side, whilst on a Canoe trip. One of the most beautiful places in the lake district. Well worth a stop if traveling on the A66. ^_^
  • What a beautiful place took my breath away
  • Peaceful and yet very accessible from Scotland and the very North of England.
  • Average to below average, there are other lakes which are better
  • Very picturesque area and great location for walking and outward bound activities
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