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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.

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Bassenthwaite lake
Bassenthwaite Lake is the only body of water in the Lake District national park to actually be called a Lake. Often referred to as the only lake in the Lake District it is also extremely shallow with a maximum depth of 70 feet (21m).
Like many of the bodies of water in the Lake District, Bassenthwaite lies in a glacially eroded valley. It also joined to the nearby Derwentwater by the River Derwent before flowing through Cockermouth and out into the Irish Sea.

A lottery-funded scheme, Bassenthwaite Reflections, is helping to protect the lake's vulnerable plant and animal life through community involvement.

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