Bassenthwaite Lake Walk
Bassenthwaite Lake has a unique position at the foot of the Skiddaw fells on one side and Barf, Ladies Table and Sale Fell on the other. The lake is approximately four miles long and ¾ mile wide.
This is a low level walk with stunning views. The route provides a mix of lakeside and forest great for wildlife such as Otters, osprey and deer among others.
Lakeland walking guides do not seem to include a circuit of Bassenthwaite Lake. There is a north side of the lake walk which includes Scarness, Bowness Bay, St. Begas’, Mirehouse, Dodd Wood and the Osprey viewing point. This is a shorter walk but with lots of places of interest along the way. You could add Dodd Fell and the Osprey View Points into this walk with ease.
For this route head to the village, the footpath to the village go through the gate at the top of the campsite and cross this field, turn right in the direction of Peter House Farm. Go through one gate and at the second gate before you go through it turn right towards the village and keep going straight.
You will come out at the village green go through the village passed the school to the A591. Cross the road and you will see a marked footpath just to your right which will take you down to the lakeside, when you reach the Lake turn left and follow this path which is the Allerdale ramble to Mirehouse. The path winds along the lake site but also through fields and woodland. It is a lovely easy to follow path low level for all the family. The walk finishes at Dodd Wood Tea Room. A well-deserved break.
The Workington and Carlisle bus will get you back to Bassenthwaite from there.
Distance 3.5 Miles
Or Walk through Dodd wood on the Allerdale Ramble crossing the A591 further down.
Distance 6.5 Miles
Or Walk Through Dodd towards Dodd Fell and Carl Side – coming back to Kestrel Lodge via Ullock Pike or Skiddaw
Distance 6.5 Miles but Hard.
Or directly Up Dry Scale Gill to the summit of Ullock pike
Distance 5 Miles – Hard Straight Up.
Or Back the way you came!!!!
We also have a leaflet ‘Walks around Bassenthwaite No.1’ which has four short walks between 1.25miles and 5.6miles if you would like a short walk.