Bassenthwaite is a picturesque and tranquil lake, a short drive away from Keswick.
The lake itself is very quiet and can be sailed or fished on. There are a number of camping sites and a boat club, amongst other things, found around the fringes. Nearby there are also a number of hotels, pubs and other attractions, in the surrounding villages.
The water is clean and makes for a nice swim and most of the time, the majority of the lake is empty and allows for kayaking, canoeing, sailing and more in peace and quiet.
On a side note - as far as I'm aware, it's the only large body of water in the Lake District which is classed as a lake rather than a mere or water.
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