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Bassenthwaite Lake

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About Bassenthwaite Lake

Bassenthwaite Lake is one of the largest lakes in the English Lake District and is long and narrow, approximately 4 miles (6.4 km) long and 34-mile (1.2 km) wide, but is also extremely shallow, with a maximum depth of about 70 ft (21 m). 

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). 

The lake lies at the foot of Skiddaw, near the town of Keswick and is fed by, and drains into, the River Derwent.

The A66 dual carriageway road runs roughly north/south along the western edge of the lake and with breathtaking views, the lay byes are popular spots for photographers and bird watchers looking for osprey.

Walking routes near Bassenthwaite


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