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.
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
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
The lake flows into the River Derwent at its’ northern end which is one of the best Salmon rivers in the area.
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.
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.
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