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Bassenthwaite Lake

Bassenthwaite Lake is a haven for water sports enthusiasts at 6km long and 1 and ½ km wide makes it well sized for a day’s exploration or more.

It’s also quieter than many other lakes in the National Park. Fantastic scenery, free parking, and no motor boats other than rescue vessels really do make this a stunning lake to spend time on.

To maintain these special qualities it is necessary to obtain a permit to use the lake. These are available from the Castle Inn, which you’ll pass on your way to the lake from Kestrel Lodge. To get the update cost per boat call 017687 76401 or email them on Or you need to be a member of the Bassenthwaite Sailing Club.

Bassenthwaite Sailing Club is open for members and allow launches for those who are members of the RYA, or RYA Affiliated Clubs, are invited to use our facilities and launch from our grounds at a cost of just £10 per day. They also have a massive program of events throughout the year.

Other points to consider if you’re going it alone, the north end is used by the sailing club for racing, the east shore is all private, and the south end of the lake in and out of Bowness Bay has wildlife sanctuary zones in place, so please be careful in there. The wind also tends to blast down the lake so you could end up fighting it for a while.

Stuff you can do on the lake (with permit):

  • Sailing
  • Canoeing/kayaking/rowing
  • Wild swimming—use a tow float for safety
  • Fishing

Around the lake there is some beautiful walking and photography opportunities and stunning picnic spots. Due to wildlife sanctuary zones there is an abundance of birdlife to watch for those so inclined. Including the ospreys, oystercatchers, lapwings, sandpipers, and many more.

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