Parking in the southbound layby a quick five minute walk takes you to a hide over looking Bassenthwaite Lake which is exactly what I did. Luckily I'd put my posh wellies on cos the tide must have been in...
From the hide its possible in summer to watch the local pair of Ospreys go about their business and if you're really blessed to get a glimpse of an English Otter or two. Not today though but I did see several Goosander, Goldeneye and a couple of Little Grebe.
The view from the hide looking South East ish towards Keswick and the snow capped fells...
Just down the M6 and right a bit (if you're heading South) is the RSVP's Bittern haven of Leighton Moss and nearby gracing one of the flooded fields outside the reserve was a juvenile Glossy Ibis (year tick).
Not great but you can just tell what it is I think. In the next field over a family group of Red Deer were looking for a sneaky way into the Leighton Moss Reserve (and they did eventually jump the fence).
thats all for now folks!