A walk around Bassenthwaite Lake….

A cloudyish start to the day with still a cold wind but things improved with a drop in the wind and more sunshine as we set off for a walk around Bassenthwaite Lake. We parked near Kilnhill, crossing the wide river Derwent as it joined the head of the lake.

We joined the footpath, with the lake to our right. This footpath was a bit disappointing as it ran across field after boggy field but always with a strip of woodland (owned by Armathwaite Hall) blocking our view of the lake. It was clearly not a very popular footpath as at times it was difficult to work out whereabouts it actually went and the many wooden stiles had seen better days, being quite precarious at times and challenging for both Poppydog and I!

Three miles later, we reached the little beach at Scarness, muddy but in one piece and took a bit of time out for Poppydog to have some off lead time.

From here we headed away from the lake, along the lanes to the village of Bassenthwaite and we notice that suddenly there seem to be baby lambs in all the fields – Spring has sprung!

From Bassenthwaite (a pretty little village) we continued around in a loop back to where we had left the car, enjoying the views and sunshine that the higher lanes afforded us.

A ropey start but a very enjoyable route on the way back of this 7.5 mile walk.

A quick photo stop from the opposite side of the lake on the way back.

Two thoughts of the day:

Footpaths – either great or very irritating!

Dramatic skies have a massive impact on a photo.

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