Bassenthwaite Lake, owned by the National Park Authority, is one of the largest at 4 miles long and 3/4 mile wide, but also one of the shallowest (70 ft). It is the most northerly of the lakes, and has no major settlements on its shores. The lake bathes in the shadow of Skiddaw and is often full of sailing boats from Bassenthwaite Sailing Club.
Near to the north end of the lake is The Lakes Distillery, opened in December 2014 and producing artisan whisky, gin and vodka. There is a visitor centre with distillery tours, and a bistro.
Flanked by the A66 on its western shore, Bassenthwaite Lake is easily accessible by road and public transport. There are plenty of lay-bys to pull over and soak up the views of the fells.