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Just to the north of the village of Belsay and to the south of the National Trusts well-loved Wallington Hall, lies the small village of Capheaton. Capheaton is home to a beautiful freshwater lake known as ‘Sir Edwards Lake’. The site is popular with wildfowl and this together with the surrounding woodland and managed grassland attracts a good variety of birds throughout the year. The lake was designated a site of Nature Conservation Importance in 1983.

There is no access to the lake, however visitors can easily obtain great views of the lake and the attractive landscape from the side of the road, in Capheaton Village. Whichever the season the panoramic views at Capheaton are always impressive. This combined with a couple of folding chairs, a tasty packed lunch and some refreshing drinks can easily provide a relaxing few hours in the countryside.