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Bassenthwaite Lake in the Lake District

A stunning view of Bassenthwaite Lake from Armathwaite Hall in the Lake District.

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This view frames the beauty of Bassenthwaite Lake and the dramatic Skiddaw mountain and lake district fells. On a clear day you might even make out Catbells, one of the Lakes' most popular fell walks.

Bassenthwaite Lake, owned by the National Park Authority, is one of the largest of the lakes at 4 miles long and just under a mile wide, but also one of the shallowest (70 ft). It is the most northerly of the lakes, and has no major settlements on its shores. It is often full of sailing boats from Bassenthwaite Sailing Club.

There is a shore path running the length of the west shore of the lake, but there is no access to the east side except at Mirehouse. Here there is a small open-air theatre, built in 1974 for the reading of 'Morte d'Arthur' to the Tennyson society at the place where it is thought that Tennyson, who often stayed at Mirehouse, composed much of the poem.

Bassenthwaite is home to the rare vendace, an endangered fish species found only here and in Derwentwater.