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Bassenthwaite


Situated at the Northern Lakes, close to Cockermouth just off the A66  This area of outstanding beauty is surrounded by a beautiful Lake and the background of Skiddaw mountain range.  Away from the masses , in a peaceful area, we hope to illustrate to you, why you and your family should pay a visit to this Hidden Gem in the Lake District National Park.
When you visit you can find suitable accommodation, you will be welcomed to some of the most wonderful 4 star guesthouses and treated as a member of the family or you might choose one of the self catering cottages that are available to let in these beautiful surroundings.

Surrounding Beauty of the Area
Bassenthwaite Lake lies in the north west corner of the Lake District National Park.
It is long, narrow and one of the largest lakes in the English Lake District. It is the only ‘lake’, the others being waters, meres and tarns.
Being a National Nature Reserve it is rich in wildlife and a haven for plants and insects.
To the south lies the bustling market town of Keswick, the villages of Braithwate and Thornthwaite are on the western shore and Bassenthwaite village lies on the eastern shore. The village of Dubwath and Bassenthwaite sailing club are at its’ northern tip and the historic town of Cockermouth, birthplace of William Wordsworth, lies a few miles to the north west.
The lake flows into the River Derwent at its’ northern end which is one of the best Salmon rivers in the area.
Ospreys
Ospreys are spectacular fish-eating birds of prey with a wingspan of nearly five feet. In 2001 a pair of ospreys which nested beside Bassenthwaite Lake and became the first wild ospreys to breed in the Lake District for over 150 years.
The birds were encouraged to stay with the help of a purpose built platform provided by the Forestry Commission and the Lake District National Park. Ospreys had summered in the Lake District since the mid 1990's and on their return in 2001 they nested on the platform. They have since built their own nest in a tree overlooking the lake.
Ospreys usually lay three eggs in April, which take about six weeks to hatch. The young stay in the nest for six or seven weeks. In late summer, the adult female will migrate south, leaving the male to teach the youngsters the art of fishing. The youngsters then fly south alone.
The RSPB run 2 osprey viewpoints in Dodd Wood, on the Eastern shore of the Lake from April to August. They have telescopes trained on the nest and very knowledgeable volunteers on hand to provide information about the ospreys and other birds in the area.
At the Whinlatter Visitor Centre the Osprey exhibition and giant live video screen provide a great indoor attraction offering a close up view of the ospreys from the edge of their nest via live nest cameras and a giant video screen.
See www.ospreywatch.co.uk for more info