One of the smallest and lesser known lakes in the Lake District National Park, Esthwaite Water covers around 1.1 km2. It is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and Ramsar Site, well known for its birdlife, including the rare osprey which has been nesting here for a number of years. The lake is renowned for its first class fishing, particularly trout and pike, and day permits are available. Walks in the area are gentler than elsewhere in the Lake District, as is cycling, although those in search of adventure can try off-roading in nearby Grizedale Forest. A self-driven water safari takes you past an otter holt, amongst other attractions.