Otter watching

Season:Summer
Duration:2 hours or less
Activity:Nature 'wows'

From Surprise View you can look down on Derwentwater and Bassenthwaite Lake below, and then Scotland further behind in the distance.

But if you look down to the lake and river system (and if you're very lucky) you may see the otters playing in the river. Take a good pair of binoculars or telescope with you too as they are rather small and inconspicuous! Walk 20m north from the viewpoint at Surprise View, take a seat on the grassy knolls, and then simply wait and watch; for such a large animal they are incredibly elusive.

Looking out for the otters from a good distance is best as it ensures you do not disturb them, however do remember not to fall off the crag! There is quite a drop at Surprise View so be very cautious, especially with young children.

Further Information

If you like wildlife you might also like to visit Sizergh which is famous for hawfinches as well as red deer and fritillary butterflies. Read more about the inhabitants of the Sizergh grounds here.

The National Trust has also put together an information booklet about otters and their habitats - a handy guide for wildlife enthusiasts!

By Roy Henderson

I’m the National Trust ranger for Borrowdale and Newlands in the North Lakes, UK. I volunteered for the Trust when I came on the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme aged 13. I started by building a new fence on Friars Crag to tackle an erosion problem and making paths more accessible for people with limited mobility. I enjoyed it so much that I continued to volunteer until I left school and was lucky enough to get a job with the National Trust. After working for the Trust for 29 years, I still love the job.

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Surprise View Car park

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Watendlath
CA12 5

Ordnance Survey OL4
The English Lakes
North Western area

NY 267 189

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