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Bassenthwaite Lake National Nature Reserve, Bassenthwaite
Categories: Bodies of Water, Nature & Parks
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, Derwent Water), "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.To visit Bassenthwaite Lake National Nature Reserve on your holiday in Bassenthwaite, and find out what else Bassenthwaite has to offer, use our Bassenthwaite trip itinerary planner.
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Stayed near the lake and had a walk with the dogs. It has stunning views and was a lovely walk. It's a shame that more wasn't published about the walks around the lakes
If you get a chance to go to whinlatter forest you can see the lakes from the top of the forest. It is one of the most breathtaking views I have ever seen and the weather was really kind so we could s... read more »
Just 5 minutes drive out of Keswick's town centre lot's of places to stop and view this lake it's a must as it's the only lake in the Lake District
Access for own water craft but you need to buy a permit.
Beautiful area of the Lake District, great place to stop for a picnic!
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