|Location Map ( geo)|
|Distance:||1.9 miles (3.1 km)|
|Route outline (key)|
The B5291 is a short road round the northern end of Bassenthwaite Lake in Cumberland.
The road starts on the A591 (former B5290) at Kilnhill and heads west. This first section, most unusually for the area, is dead straight and remains so until the drive for Armathwaite Hall (now a hotel) is met. The B5291 curves to the left and skirts the hall grounds to come within sight of Bassenthwaite Lake. The road then follows the edge of the lake, although the water is often hidden behind trees.
Soon the road crosses the narrow Ouse Bridge (over the River Derwent, which flows out of the lake) before having to TOTSO left along a road of lower quality than the first half. After passing a drive to the sailing club the road turns away from Bassenthwaite Lake to reach a T-junction in the village of Dubwath. This marks the original western end of the road, where it ended on the A594. That road is now bypassed, so the B5291 TOTSOs left and ends on the current main road, now numbered A66, a short distance further on.