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, 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.
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  • Beautiful lake St Beggas church on shore of Lake very pretty nice walk around lake and into Dodds wood 
  • The only Lake in the Lake District ?? All the others are Meres or Waters. This beautiful Lake offers views of Skiddaw and the nesting of the Ospreys with plenty to do close by 
  • At most times of the year, you will (if lucky) get the most wonderful reflections on this lake - in the autumn they are particularly spectacular from the Ouse bridge and and the car park halfway along...  more »
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  • Brilliant place to visit. Amazing scenery and lovely walks. St Bega's church is well worth a visit.
  • Access for own water craft but you need to buy a permit.
  • Beautiful in most weather. Fishing is permitted with a licence
  • Lovely location in all weathers
  • Beautiful area of the Lake District, great place to stop for a picnic!