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Bassenthwaite

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

The peaceful village of Bassenthwaite, centred on its old inn, nestles in a quiet valley at the north end of the lake. To the south is Mirehouse, an 18th century house and garden with literary links to Tennyson, Coleridge and Wordsworth.

Book Your Stay

 
Melbecks Holiday Cottages

Melbecks Holiday Cottages

Self-catering with 5 units, £250-£930 pupw sleeps 1-7

Overwater Hall Hotel

Overwater Hall Hotel

Country House Hotel with 11 rooms, £70-£135 pppnb

The Pheasant

The Pheasant

Hotel with 15 rooms, £87 pppnb

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There are a variety of different events happening at Bassenthwaite and the surrounding towns including the Keswick Mountain Festival & the fascinating Blencathra:Life of a mountain. Click the button below to see what's on during your stay.

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Surrounding Areas

Cycling Whinlatter
Keswick Town
Skiddaw

Culture and Heritage

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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