Quite often the first port of call for many visiting birders, Stoneybeck Lake is situated right alongside the main road leading into Bishop Middleham from the A177.
There is a small area for car parking on the opposite side of the road from the lake just before the turn-off towards Farnless Farm. View the lake from here to avoid disturbance.
Waders are the main attraction here, especially during spring and autumn migration when a good variety of species can be seen on the muddy margins.
Wildfowl is also well represented all year round and an increasing number of Gull's are using the site.
Scarce birds seen in recent years include Black-necked Grebe and Temminck's Stint.