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The Bassenthwaite Lake Webcams show a view of the lake and a view from the rooftop Armathwaite Hall Hotel. Bassenthwaite Lake is one of the largest lakes in the Lake District of England. It is long and narrow, approximately 4 miles (6.4 km) long and 3/4 mile wide, but is also extremely shallow, with a maximum depth of about 70 feet (21 m). The A66 dual carriageway runs roughly north/south along the western edge of the lake. With breathtaking views, the laybys are a popular spot for photographers and bird watchers looking for Osprey. The section running south towards Keswick was built on top of the old rail tracks leading to Penrith (Bassenthwaite station can still be seen to this day and is overgrown with trees - see Links). The section running north towards Workington was the original two-way road and can be an enjoyable drive if conditions allow. Like the other Lake District lakes, Bassenthwaite Lake lies in a glacially eroded valley, left after the last glaciation. Bassenthwaite Lake is linked to Derwent Water by the River Derwent, which crosses the three mile (5 km) alluvial plain between the two lakes. There has been speculation that Derwent Water and Bassenthwaite Lake were once one larger lake with the alluvial flats now separating them formed from partial infill of the original basin. View a Bassenthwaite Lake Webcams
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