Esthwaite Water

Esthwaite Water: A Hidden Gem in the Lake District, UK

Esthwaite Water, Beatrix Potter‘s favourite lake, is believed to have influenced her creation of Jeremy Fisher.

It recently gained national attention when its private owner decided to sell it on eBay.

Although access to the surrounding area is limited, there is still plenty to do.

The Esthwaite Water Trout Fishery offers a self-driven boat tour of the lake, where hunting Ospreys can be seen daily.

The lake is also famous for its trout, and fishing gear can be purchased at the Fishery shop.

What to See

The crystal-clear waters of Esthwaite Water are surrounded by rolling hills and picturesque countryside, creating a stunning panoramic view that is sure to take your breath away.

You can take a leisurely walk around the lake, sit on one of the benches, and soak up the area’s tranquillity.

Wildlife lovers will be in their element at Esthwaite Water, with a range of species to spot, including birds, deer, and other mammals.

It is a perfect place for birdwatching, with a variety of species, including Canadian geese, tufted ducks, and herons, making their home in the area.

What to Do:

For boat rental and shopping, you can visit the Hawkshead Trout Fishery Boat House located at Grid Ref SD 360 955 (or use the postcode LA22 0QF for navigation).

In Hawkshead, you’ll also find public restrooms, shops, pubs, and cafes.

Go for a walk:

As Esthwaite Water is privately owned, much of the lakeshore is off-limits to the public.

While it’s possible to walk around the lake, the entire route is along the roads between Hawkshead and Near Sawrey.

A short stroll from Hawkshead down to the lake shore is available, starting at SD 354 975 and ending at Nab (SD 358 973), where you can picnic by the shore.

Alternatively, there is a lovely hike from Near Sawrey to Moss Eccles Tarn, an artificial tarn once owned by Beatrix Potter.

The tarn features water lilies and fish placed there by Potter herself. Take Stones Lane (starting at SD 370 956) from Near Sawrey to reach the tarn.

Please note that the lane is unsuitable for vehicles outside Near Sawrey village.

Getting There

Esthwaite Water is located between Windermere and Coniston, just south of Hawkshead.

Visitors can reach it by taking the car ferry from Windermere to Far Sawrey and following the B5285 to the lake.


Parking is accessible at both Near Sawrey and Hawkshead, situated at the southern and northern ends of the lake, respectively.

In addition, a pay and display car park are also available at Ridding Wood near the southwestern shore of the lake, accessible via a single-track road that connects Near Sawrey to Hawkshead.

The Riding Wood car park can be found at Grid Ref SD 362 954.

In conclusion, Esthwaite Water is a hidden gem in the Lake District that offers a peaceful and tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

With its stunning views, an abundance of wildlife and a range of outdoor activities, it’s the perfect place to spend a day with family and friends.