|Max. length||1.3 km (0.81 mi)|
|Max. width||100 m (328 ft)|
It lies just to the south of the village of Fonthill Bishop, east of the village of Fonthill Gifford, and northeast of Fonthill Abbey. The lake is 1.6 km (1 mi) long and approximately 100 m (328 ft) wide at its maximum breadth.
The lake was used as the location for the filming of all the river scenes in the film Chocolat, which starred Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp. It is also where the ashes of pioneering Everest mountaineer Eric Shipton were scattered.
- "On 28 March 1977, at 7:30 in the evening, Eric Shipton died peacefully. He was cremated in Salisbury and his ashes were scattered on the Fonthill Lakes [sic], overlooking the part of England he loved above all else." (Peter Steele, Eric Shipton: Everest and Beyond, p. 254).
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