Bassenthwaite Lake

Is this the biggest lake in the Lake District?

A trick question of course.
For every schoolboy knows
there’s only one lake in the Lake District.
All the others
are either waters or meres.

Of which there are 16 or 17
depending on how you count
Brothers Water. For some reckon that’s a tarn.

But Bassenthwaite Lake,
has the greatest catchment of them all: 238 km2,
and once was joined with Derwent Water
in a single great lake.
Before deltas from the River Greta and Newlands Beck
eventually built up and divided it.

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