Bassenthwaite in the Lake District National Park
Situated about a mile and a half from the northern shore of Bassenthwaite Lake, Bassenthwaite village consists of afew cottages, a village green, two churches and a pub. Chapel Beck flows through the village with Grizedale Pike towering above.
The Sun Inn is well noted for it's excellent bar meals. Coledale Inn on the hillside above the village has some great fell views and offers lodgings.
St Bega's church stands alone, in a romantic setting on the shores of the lake. It is reached by a footpath from the village. The building is Norman but it is situated on the site of a much earlier church. St Bega was an Irish Noblewoman who founded the seventh century Benedictine nunnery at what is now St Bees.
Mirehouse is a delightful 17th century manor house close to the eastern shore of the lake, and within sight of the church. Open to the public during the summer months, it contains a Victorian schoolroom and nursery with much of its original furniture. In the ground are wooded walks and a 19th century sawmill has been converted int tea rooms.