Beautiful blue light and distinctive clouds hang over a mirror still Bassenthwaite Lake with the dramatic shape of the mountain Skiddaw in the distance.
Bassenthwaite Lake is one of the largest lakes in the English Lake District. It is long and narrow, approximately 4 miles long and 3/4-mile wide, but is also extremely shallow, with a maximum depth of about 70ft.
Legend says that Bassenthwaite Lake is home to the 'Eachy' which is a name given to a species of lake monster from a variety of locations in Northern England and Scotland. An Eachy was typically a large humanoid being of gruesome and slimy appearance seen to occasionally emerge from the lake.
An Eachy was reported from Windermere in 1873 and Bassenthwaite Lake as late as 1973 when it was photographed twice. Presumably the name comes from the Middle English \”iker\” which was a type of sea monster or perhaps the Scottish Gaelic Each uisge, the water horse. It is also known to have the appearance of the famous 'Nessie' creature of Loch Ness.
Photography by Jon Gibbs.