Bassenthwaite Lake is one of the largest in the Lake District at 4 miles long and 3/4 mile wide, but also one of the shallowest (70 ft). It is the most northerly of the lakes and the only true lake in the Lake District.
It is home to osprey and the vendace, a rare and endangered fish species found only here and in Derwentwater. Skiddaw, the fourth highest mountain in England sits on the Eastern side of Bassenthwaite Lake and the village of Bassenthwaite lies at the north east. The Pheasant sits close to the western side of the lake.
Things to Do near Bassenthwaite Lake
Bassenthwaite Lake and the surrounding area is a haven for walkers. With Skiddaw, Sale Fell and Whinlatter Forest Park within easy reach. You can follow a lakeside path all the way along the western shore but there is no access to the eastern shore except at Mirehouse (an historic house and gardens containing four wooded adventure playgrounds, varied sheltered gardens to amble around, and lakeside walks through woods and parks.)
The Lake District's first ever wetland nature reserve is situated at the northern end of Bassenthwaite Lake. Visitors to the nature reserve can expect to spot grasshopper warbler, curlew, greylag, geese, reed bunting and meadow pipit. The 10 hectare site incorporates a 650m gravel path linking to 900m of recycled plastic boardwalk.
Tours are on offer at the Lakes Distillery with their award-winning artisan whiskey, vodka and gin. There is a vistor centre with distillery tours, and a bistro.
Also nearby is the Lake District Wildlife Park. Wander around their beautiful 24-acre parkland and see over 100 species from Anaconda to Zebra. There is a café, picnic and play area and daily displays.
And to enjoy lovely views over Bassenthwaite Lake, visit Whinlatter Forest Park and Visitor Centre, home to stunning views, walks, mountain biking, a cafe and adventure playground.