Bassenthwaite Lake, a finger of water lying tranquilly under the lofty bulk of Skiddaw, is indelibly linked with the spectacular sight of ospreys swooping over the lake and diving for fish in its waters.
This national nature reserve, fringed with a mosaic of reed beds, fen marshland, woodlands and wild flower meadows, is rich in wildlife.
A lottery-funded scheme, Bassenthwaite Reflections, is helping to protect the lake's vulnerable plant and animal life through community involvement.
About the area
History & heritage
The earliest known settlement is at Castle How - an Iron Age hill fort on the western shore of Bassenthwaite Lake
Art & culture
Over 140 exhibitors from Cumbria and the northwest of England are represented in this rural gallery
The glacial waters of Bassenthwaite and Derwentwater were once joined together as one long lake.
An assortment of scarecrows will be greeting visitors to Bassenthwaite village in late June.