Lakes and Rivers
Feel free to get wet
Derwentwater is an exceptionally important area for wildlife. It has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) because it is a clean, naturally nutrient-poor lake with excellent vegetation.
The lake supports the healthiest remaining population of Britain’s rarest fish, the Vendace (the only other natural population in Britain is just downstream in Bassenthwaite Lake).
The surrounding wetlands are important for breeding birds – most days you should be able to catch a glimpse of Common Sandpiper or Snipe, in amongst a beautiful variety of plants such as Bog Asphodel and Cotton Grass. The sheltered bays are valuable for wintering wildfowl. Red squirrels are often seen in the surrounding woodlands and if you're very lucky, you may see an otter.