Interestingly this could be said to be the only 'true' lake in the Lake District! Despite titles such as Lake Windermere, if you study the map all other 'lakes' in Cumbria have the title 'Water' or 'Mere'.
Bassenthwaite Lake is unique in other ways too, it is a protected nature reserve containing a variety of fish including salmon, trout, roach, pike, perch, minnow, dace, ruffe, eel and one Britain's rarest fish the vendace is thought to be present.
The protected habitat of Bassenthwaite Lake and the surrounding lands, brought about by various Trusts including the National Trust, Lake District National Park and Forestry Commission, working together has been rewarded by maintaining a natural balance in this corner of Cumbria. One of the most gratifying results of the Trusts work has to be the return of the Osprey who now regularly nest in the nearby woods and fish the Lake.
Bassenthwaite Lake is one of the larger Lakes at approximately 4 miles (6.4 km)in length and 3/4-mile (1.2 km) wide. It is also very shallow, being approx 70 ft (21 m) maximum.
* Please note that access to the Lake for boats and canoes is very restricted. For more information on the no-boating zones and for details of fishing restrictions at Bassenthwaite please read more here.
Bassenthwaite VillageThe Village of Bassenthwaite is set about a mile and a half east of the Lake and there are one or two holiday cottages here for visitors wanting to experience real Cumbrian Village life, away from all the tourist traps.
The map below will give you a better idea of the location of Bassenthwaite Village in relation to the Lake. The 'A' pointer at the north of the lake is the approximate location of Armathwaite Hotel (details below), you can get the exact directions from the link below by going to the hotel's website.
Armathwaite Hall Country House Hotel
Armathwaite is a 4 star Country House Hotel, which is privately owned by the resident Graves family and reflects a quality of life and old world hospitality.
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Ravenstone HotelAll bedrooms at the Ravenstone Hotel have open country views of the Lake District.
The Ravenstone Hotel serves a mix of traditional and modern dishes and an extensive wine cellar to suit all tastes. Meals are sourced from the finest ingredients around the world combined with cuts of meat and gamet fish which are sourced from Cumbria.
A full size snooker table, pool table and table tennis table are available for guests to use, or relax in the spacious lounge with a warming fire and enjoy the stunning views through the picture windows.
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Ospreys at Bassenthwaite
This year they have built their nest away from the webcams so unfortunately we can't bring you live footage.
However you can find out lots more about the protected Osprey and keep up to date with their activities via the Osprey Project Facebook Page which is loaded with great information.
Cumbria Live TVHave a fantastic short video showing the new Osprey nest at Bassethwaite.
The link below opens into a new tab to take you to the Cumbria Live TV webiste.
Whinlatter Go ApeFly through the woods above Bassenthwaite Lake at Go Ape.
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