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Bassenthwaite Lake & Dodd Hill from Whinlatter Pass, Lake District

Bassenthwaite Lake & Dodd Hill from Whinlatter Pass, Lake District

Bassenthwaite Lake, owned by the National Park Authority, is one of the largest lakes in the Lake District at 4 miles long and 3/4 mile wide, but also one of the shallowest (70 ft). It is the most northerly of the lakes, and has no major settlements on its shores. It is the only body of water in the Lake District to use the word "lake" in its name, all the others being "waters" (for example, Derwent Water), "meres" (for example Windermere) or "tarns" (for example, Dock Tarn). It is fed by, and drains into, the River Derwent. The lake lies at the foot of Skiddaw, near the town of Keswick.