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A charming idyll nestled along the shores of Bassenthwaite Lake

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One of the beautiful walks around Bassenthwaite

The tiny farming community of Bassenthwaite has all the character of a typical Lakeland village complete with a green, a traditional pub, and a small stream. One of England’s highest mountains, Skiddaw, stands to the south of the village while Bassenthwaite Lake lies to the West.

Bassenthwaite Lake is one of the largest in the National Park at 4 miles long and 0.75 miles wide, but also one of the least deep. It is the most northerly of the lakes, and has no major settlements on its shores. The reason for the armada of small pleasure boats is the Bassenthwaite Sailing Club.

A great walk at Bassenthwaite is along the path that runs the length of the western shore. If you wish to walk down the opposite shoreline the only access is via Mirehouse. Visit the open-air theatre, built in 1974, for a reading of ‘Morte d’Arthur’, as it is thought that Alfred Lord Tennyson, who often stayed at Mirehouse, composed much of the poem there. Opening times to Mirehouse are restricted so check in advance. Visit the Lakes Distillery, opened in December 2014 and producing artisan whisky, gin and vodka. There is a visitor centre with distillery tours, and a bistro.

Bassenthwaite Lake has some curious wildlife too. It is home to the vendace, a rare and endangered fish species found only here and in Derwentwater. Thought to be extinct for 12 years, it was rediscovered in 2013 during a routine survey.

"Alfred Lord Tennyson stayed on the shores of Bassenthwaite Lake often…”

Bassenthwaite’s closest towns for good amenities are Keswick and Cockermouth. The latter has a good tourist information centre. Make sure you pay a visit to get local tips and updates about the area.

Bassenthwaite makes an ideal destination for anyone wishing to immerse themselves in the quintessential charm of the Lake District. We have some lovely cottages in and around Bassenthwaite. Why not visit our collection and feel inspired?

While you’re there

The Lake District Wildlife Park

Previously known as Trotters World of Animals the Lake District Wildlife Park is a fantastic family day out.

The Sun Inn

When you’re done climbing up the hillside, what better way to relax than with a pint in this 16th century inn?

Church of St Bega

Medieval parish church, in open fields by the lake, said to be on an ancient track from Crosthwaite to Bowness.

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