Bassenthwaite Osprey Walk

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Starting at the car park and bus stop for Mire House and Dodd Wood, this linear walk follows one of the many trails through Dodd Wood to a clearing where, from late April till early September, volunteers are on hand from about 10.30am to help you observe the ospreys. They provide telescopes and ensure these are trained on the nest or the birds; and are able to give you a lot of information about the birds. If the ospreys are out of sight, you can watch more common birds attracted to a feeding area and red squirrels often visit.

The walk then descends through the wood and after a short road-walk (NB: this is a very busy road, so great care is needed) goes down to the flat flood-plain of the River Derwent, between Derwent Water and Bassenthwaite Lake. For a while it follows the river, then crosses the network of fields and canals and Newlands Beck, alongside which it continues awhile. It then heads towards the village of Thornthwaite with its attractive old church, before heading up through Thornthwaite Forest to the Whinlatter Visitor Centre. Here more volunteers are on hand to tell you more about the ospreys as you watch the live web-cam images from cameras suspended over the nest. The bus stop for the return to Keswick is at the Centre in the car park.

England - North England - Cumbria - Lake District - North West

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Birds, Butterflies, Flowers, Food Shop, Great Views, Lake/Loch, River, Toilets, Wildlife
19/07/2017 - Jacky Rix-Brown

July 2017 I visited and checked the route. It is NOW OPEN again. I will also be improving the descriptions but will prepare edits offline to minimise the downtime of this walk. Jacky rix-Brown

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