Not a lot of people know that…

BASSENTHWAITE Lake isn’t a lake at all. It’s a railway station.

The railway engineers had the option of serving Bassenthwaite by going north of Broadwater, with a station near the village, or south of it, with a station near the lake, at Dubwath.

The railway called that station “Bassenthwaite Lake Station”, to distinguish it from the proposed “Bassenthwaite Village Station” – but the arriving tourists thought that was the name of the lake.

Eventually, Ordnance Survey gave up trying to keep the proper name and so Broadwater now appears on maps as “Bassenthwaite Lake”.