Birdwatching in the Lake District
Known for its breathtaking scenery, sparkling lakes, majestic mountains and lush forests, the Lake District National Park in Cumbria is filled with memorable activities for nature lovers.
One of these is birdwatching, with several great spots throughout the pristine countryside...
The largest natural lake in England offers plenty of opportunities to spot waterfowl such as swans, geese, ducks and herons.
Watch the large and majestic mute swans gliding across the lake, often with their cygnets in tow. Look out for Canada goose grazing on the grassy banks, or mallard ducks paddling around with their ducklings. Great crested grebe can often be seen diving for fish, and are known for their elaborate courtship displays. You’re likely to spot cormorants perched on rocks or diving deep to fish, heron wading in the shallow waters, magnificent fishing osprey or elegant swooping terns.
Biskey Howe Viewpoint
Biskey Howe Viewpoint is a hill situated on the eastern edge of Bowness. It offers panoramic views of Windermere and the surrounding countryside, and you can spot birds such as ravens, peregrine falcons and buzzards.
Early morning or late afternoon is the best time to go, since the birds are most active at this time. Taking binoculars will help you get a good look at them from the viewpoint, and remember to wear sturdy shoes as the terrain can be uneven.
The Coffin Trail
This historic route runs from Ambleside to Grasmere. It is named after the route taken by pallbearers who carried their deceased loved ones from Grasmere to the cemetery in Ambleside. The trail offers beautiful views of the surrounding countryside, and there are a few great spots for bird watching along the way...
Rydal Water is a small lake situated between Ambleside and Grasmere. It’s home to a variety of waterfowl such as mallards, coots, and tufted ducks. You may also see great crested grebes, which are known for their elaborate courtship rituals in the spring.
Located near Ambleside, Loughrigg Fell is a popular spot for hiking, and it also offers great views of the surrounding countryside. You may spot birds such as ravens, buzzards, and peregrine falcons in this area.
Grasmere is a village located at the end of the Coffin Trail. It is home to a variety of bird species such as chaffinches, robins, and goldcrests. You may also see red squirrels and deer in the surrounding countryside.
Helm Crag is a distinctive hill located near Grasmere. It is known for its unique rock formations, which resemble a lion and a lamb. It is also a great spot for birdwatching, with a variety of upland bird species such as ring ouzels, ptarmigans, and red grouse.
Last but certainly not least, Red Bank Road is a scenic road that runs from Grasmere to Ambleside. It offers beautiful views of the surrounding countryside, and you can spot birds such as ravens, buzzards, and peregrine falcons in this area.
These are just a few of the many birdwatching spots on the Linthwaite House doorstep, and there are plenty more to discover.
Contact our Guest Liaison Team to arrange your unrivalled Lake District escape and chat about your birdwatching bucket list.
Download our handy checklist of birds found in the area to help you to identify and record sightings during your stay with us.