St Bega's Church, Bassenthwaite Lake

Bassenthwaite Lake

Northern Lake District

Route: Bassenthwaite Lake

Area: Northern Lake District

Date of walk: 16th June 2016

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 5.2 miles

Ascent: 400 feet

Weather: Cloudy with some bright spells

Bassenthwaite Lake has two claims to fame – it’s the only lake in the Lake District with the word lake in its title, and it’s home to a breeding pair of ospreys. There is a path along the western shore of the lake, but the busy A66 is nearby and so a shoreline walk is best approached from the east. The only access from this side is via Mirehouse which makes for a wonderful entrance

More in hope than expectation we packed the binoculars and telephoto lens in the hope of seeing an osprey fishing, and parked at the Old Sawmill tearoom opposite Mirehouse. We walked through the beautiful grounds of Mirehouse in the direction of the lake (an entrance fee is payable but there is an alternative route via a nearby public footpath which skirts round the grounds). I’m glad that we opted to walk through the grounds, as it was a lovely path and well worth the fee

After leaving Mirehouse we joined a path which took us past St Bega’s Church, set in idyllic surroundings near the shore of the lake. We followed a succession of paths across the fields before joining the lakeshore path at Bowness Bay and walked round the headland keeping a sharp lookout for osprey – but were out of luck

The return route was mostly along a quiet lane, with the latter part being along a footpath through Dodd Wood adjacent to the A591

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