Bassenthwaite Lake is the fourth largest body of water in the Lake District. It is also one the shallowest, with a maximum depth of just 21 m (70 ft). The Cumbrian lake measures 6.4 km (4 mi) long and 1.2 km (0.75 mi) wide.
The lake is home to several significant wildlife communities, but the delicate habitat is not without its problems. Native populations of salmon, trout, minnow, dace, eel, ruffe and perch are under threat from water pollution and invasive plant species. The Bassenthwaite Lake Restoration Programme is currently working hard to return the lake to its former glory.
Many bird species migrate to Bassenthwaite; including osprey, cormorants and herons, so the area is a haven for bird watchers and wildlife enthusiasts. Boating on the lake is extremely popular and there is an annual regatta in August. A trail runs along the western shore, offering visitors an unparalleled view of the lake and surrounding landscape, including Skiddaw Mountain.