Bassenthwaite Lake
Bassenthwaite Lake
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  • Marty & Pippa
    Chorley, United Kingdom168 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Charming lake
    We enjoyed a short walk along the shore of Bassenthwaite Lake during a weekend away in Keswick after heading out towards Cockermouth. Really charming lake with lots of character. Spotted a man swimming out in the middle by himself in very choppy conditions - crazy! Rather him than me, ha.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 31 July 2023
  • Sandy G
    37 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great for a dip
    Top of the lake (N) has some nice wild water swimming points where you can get in safely. Derwentwater was silty but Bassenthwaite had a good solid bottom. Comparatively quiet for "The Lakes" and perhaps not so spectacular.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 12 August 2023
  • Suratrichard
    Surat Thani, Thailand2,378 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    So peaceful.
    After the crowds around Derwentwater and Windermere, the peaceful nature of this lake and the surrounding countryside is a welcome relief. I can remember Bassenthwaite when the nearby A66 was the single track railway line to Keswick but whilst there’s far more traffic nowadays, the lake retains its calmness and peacefulness. Watch out, though, for the average speed cameras on the A66 or it could be an expensive visit! There’s some good walking particularly on the other side of the lake including areas like Dodd wood. There a cafe ( the old sawmill) near Dodd wood and a short walk down to the old church is worth the effort. Well worth visiting and exploring the countryside.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 May 2024
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Trekwise
Kidderminster, UK169 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021 • Family
This is one of the most tranquil and beautiful places l have experienced.
We parked at Dodd Wood opposite Mirehouse. Next to Mirehouse entrance is a public footpath which leads down to the lakeside and the delightful St Begas church, a small Norman church which is open to the public, fascinating…
We spent a sunny afternoon just taking in the peace and beauty of our surroundings. I am not surprised this lake inspired poets such as Tennyson and Wordsworth!
Written 15 September 2021
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Luke T
Shrewsbury, UK213 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Couples
Obviously a beautiful lake but it is difficult to access. We struggled between the private sections and the boggy sections. Would recommend a visit if you fancy the challenge of accessing it but would probably recommend one of the other bodies of water in this area!
Written 21 August 2021
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PTW7
247 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
Stunning and quiet. Hardly anybody there. Great for a paddle and a cuppa. Only negative was somebody decided to leave a large dog poo and not pick it up! We started our picnic and put it away after smelling something foul, then realised what it was. How people can behave like that I don’t know. The lake is stunning though.
Written 25 May 2022
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Marty & Pippa
Chorley, UK168 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
We enjoyed a short walk along the shore of Bassenthwaite Lake during a weekend away in Keswick after heading out towards Cockermouth. Really charming lake with lots of character. Spotted a man swimming out in the middle by himself in very choppy conditions - crazy! Rather him than me, ha.
Written 31 July 2023
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Alison
Manchester, UK46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
A perfect setting and view, we parked at Dodd Wood for £3, we crossed the road and took the public footpath through the gate just past the entrance to MireHouse. Then followed the lane down to St Bega's church, and then straight down to the lake edge.
Here you can get right up to the water and the views are stunning.
Written 10 April 2022
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Suratrichard
Surat Thani, Thailand2,378 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
After the crowds around Derwentwater and Windermere, the peaceful nature of this lake and the surrounding countryside is a welcome relief.
I can remember Bassenthwaite when the nearby A66 was the single track railway line to Keswick but whilst there’s far more traffic nowadays, the lake retains its calmness and peacefulness.
Watch out, though, for the average speed cameras on the A66 or it could be an expensive visit!
There’s some good walking particularly on the other side of the lake including areas like Dodd wood.
There a cafe ( the old sawmill) near Dodd wood and a short walk down to the old church is worth the effort.
Well worth visiting and exploring the countryside.
Written 22 May 2024
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Sandy G
37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
Top of the lake (N) has some nice wild water swimming points where you can get in safely. Derwentwater was silty but Bassenthwaite had a good solid bottom.

Comparatively quiet for "The Lakes" and perhaps not so spectacular.
Written 12 August 2023
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ScottyGee81
Manchester, UK706 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
Called at Bassenthwaite whilst passing, very quiet and peaceful.
Beautiful views of the lake from the bottom end, great spot for a picnic or just relax.
Parked on the National Trust car park over the carriageway, not sure how much other parking were available.
Written 10 August 2021
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DAVID H
Preston, UK5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
We went on a river trip and canoed into this lake. What a place to visit, such a lovely lake which was clean enough to swim in, it is one of the shallower lake so much warmer. It also helped because we has wonderful sunshine.
Written 25 August 2020
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Joanne
Essex, UK7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020
I like things that aren't too touristy and off the beaten track. We were driving along, and seeing the lake, pulled into the lay-by (Woodend Brow), parked free for two hours. We brought our picnic blanket and read for a couple of hours, soaking up the scenery and taking photos, hardly anyone there! (We went on a Monday).
Written 22 September 2020
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