About The Centre
Esthwaite Water was the home of Jeremy Fisher, and William Wordsworth refers to it in The Prelude and his Lyrical Ballads.
The lake is the most studied lake in the Lake District. Situated close to the laboratories of the Fresh Water Biological Association on Lake Windermere, Esthwaite Water became in the 1920s the learning ground for the behaviour and development of fresh water bodies throughout the world. It is the home to the most diverse flora and fauna found in any of the Lakes.
Underwater, it boasts the biggest brown trout and the biggest pike caught in England.
The natural food chain in the water is so prolific that the birds and land animals attracted to it make the lake a haven for wildlife enthusiasts.
Our Visitors’ Centre is open 7 days a week from 9am until 6pm, and is the perfect base from which to explore our nature walk, birdwatching tours, and see for yourself what inspired Beatrix Potter and William Wordsworth.