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Bassenthwaite Town Information

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Ford over stream at Bassenthwaite - Photo © Andrew Smith
Ford over stream at Bassenthwaite
Photo: Andrew Smith CCL

This charming village lies near Keswick and looks out onto beautiful hills. Bassenthwaite Lake lies below and is thought to be the place where Sir Bevedere discarded King Arthur’s sword, Excalibur. Its waters are home to the vendace, a rare fish found only here and in Derwent Water. Soaring above everything is the great mountain Skiddaw where the first pair of ‘English’ ospreys bred in 2003.