Rugged landscapes and thriving wildlife await in a secluded corner of the Lake District National Park
An RSPB and United Utilities initiative
Welcome to Haweswater
Nestled in the folds of Haweswater’s dramatic landscape lie pockets of wildness; alpine plants cling to cliffs and ledges, whilst woodland birds, red squirrels and badgers teem in the woodlands.
The quiet, rugged charm of Haweswater sets it apart from many of the more popular Lake District honeypots, offering opportunities for seclusion and wildlife encounters unlike any other in the National Park.
Wild Haweswater is an exciting new initiative by the RSPB and United Utilities to showcase the impressive collection of events, experiences and activities on offer in this wild corner of the National Park. Coordinated by RSPB Haweswater, this website is a hub for visitors to explore what’s on offer, as well as a place to discover the conservation and restoration projects, and seasonal wildlife encounters of the area.
How will you discover Wild Haweswater?
Experience Wild Haweswater
Haweswater is best known for its dramatic scenery, but look a little closer into those wide open landscapes, and you will discover a richness of restored upland plants, symphonies of seasonal birdlife, and woodlands full of mammals.
The work of our ever-growing Wild Haweswater team makes sure that nature is supported from the 'bottom up'. From restored peat bogs to regenerating upland plants and re-established trees. These important habitats offer networks of food and shelter for invertebrates, mammals and birds, as well as us humans.
There are lots of self-led trails to enjoy here at Wild Haweswater, but we host a collection of immersive experiences to offer intimate encounters with our wonderful wildlife and beautiful, rugged landscapes.
Explore the collection below.
Wildlife Photography Hides
Get up close and personal to some of Haweswater’s most spectacular wildlife in our custom built wildlife photography hides. Enjoy the antics of Red Squirrels and woodland birds by day, and elusive Badgers by night. Our hides offer a unique opportunity to watch and photograph an incredible diversity of wildlife in the Lake District without disturbance. Look out for the launch of additional hides in 2022.
Dates throughout 2022, book here.
Spend a day immersed in wildlife from our Woodland Wildlife Hide, built and operated by local experts Wild Intrigue. This hide has been custom built for wildlife photography, offering excellent opportunities to capture Red Squirrels and woodland birds in comfort, within a beautiful, private section of the reserve.
Dates throughout 2022, book here.
An opportunity to hire the Wild Intrigue Woodland Wildlife Hide for an afternoon, perfect to fit in some hill walking beforehand! This hide has been custom built for wildlife photography, offering excellent opportunities to capture Red Squirrels and woodland birds in comfort, within a beautiful, private section of the reserve.
Seasonal, reopening June 2022, discover more here.
Discover the jewel of Haweswater’s temperate rainforest, the Pied Flycatcher, by booking a day in Wild Intrigue’s Pied Flycatcher photography hide. This provides the perfect opportunity to photograph this beautiful summer visitor without disturbance, whilst supporting our work to protect the species.
Closed for winter, reopening April 2022.
Enjoy intimate views of one of Haweswater’s most enigmatic woodland mammals, the Badger. With exclusive access to our comfortable Badger Hide for a full evening, you can experience a real wild night out in the tranquility of the reserve, as you observe and photograph these beautiful animals up close.
Discover the wildlife of our wild corner of the Lake District. From red squirrels and badgers to botany and birds, we host a tempting collection of expert-led, immersive wildlife experiences to enjoy. Our experience collection will grow throughout 2021, so check back regularly to discover what’s new.
Relaunching in January 2022, book here.
Enjoy the antics of Haweswater’s Red Squirrels from the comfort of Wild Intrigue’s Woodland Wildlife Hide, and learn more about these fascinating animals under the expertise of a Wild Intrigue Guide. All whilst enjoying a delicious, locally sourced breakfast, naturally. Part of the National Parks Experience Collection.
Explore wildlife and landscapes by day, relax by camp-fire and sleep under canvas by night. These adventures are the perfect way to escape into nature with like-minded people, into the peace and tranquility of our spectacular landscapes in the eastern Lake District.
A tranquil, 3-day wild camping experience into the spectacular Swindale Valley. With pack horses and passionate guides by your side, this adventure is the perfect way to explore and sleep under canvas, within one of our more secluded parts of Haweswater. As featured in The Telegraph.
An all inclusive, 4-day wild camping trek across the stunning fells of Haweswater. From Haweswater to Mosedale Common, over the Gatescarth Pass and Harter Fell to Kentmere, and across High Street. Accompanied only by wildlife, your pack horse and a small group of guides and like-minded adventurers.
Do you know special someone who would love a day photographing Red Squirrels and woodland birds, or an evening spent in the company of Badgers?
A Wildlife Hide Gift Voucher is the perfect treat for any nature-lover, take your pick below.
All RSPB and third party experiences have gained ‘We’re Good to Go‘ accreditation by Visit England, an industry standard identifying tourism operators that have made the necessary precautions to host covid-secure experiences.
Wild Haweswater People
Spike has worked as a warden at Haweswater for 20 years, and there's not much about the area's wildlife that he doesn't know. Look for him in the woods in the spring at dawn.
John is United Utilities' catchment partnership officer. He makes sure that everything that goes on here improves the quality of water as it flows off the land into the reservoir.
For the last 20 years we’ve been exploring Haweswater, starting with walking and climbing, then the wildness drew us in. We began to see wildlife like beetles, adders, rare plants, fungi and lichen. It’s amazing that our local patch has magical ancient woods, exciting remote crags and grand scenery.