Bassenthwaite Lake National Nature Reserve, Bassenthwaite

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#7 of 17 in Parks in Keswick
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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  • Parked up to explore the lake a bit and was glad we did. Walked along the wooded shoreline which was lovely, watched some people cooling off with a swim and others fishing on a lovely sunny day.  more »
  • Really recommendable. Shame wee hadn't more time to explore the mountains and hills around. Astonishing place.  more »
  • There are no words to describe how picturesque this place really is and there is every type of sport activity you could want to do on water available - recommend booking though....  more »
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  • It was a fantastic experience for the family. Beautiful place, so many animals and a nice weather. Kid enjoyed it so we will go back summer time as well :)
  • Great area near Keswick. Mire House well worth a visit and the gardens are impressive.
  • Been going since I was little now take my own kids so it must be good.
  • Beautiful part of the lakes. Very good bus services, considering. Lovely place for walks. Very peaceful.
  • Beautiful and very well maintained. A true jewel of the lake district.
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