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?
Events at Haweswater
PLEASE NOTE: our summer events programme has been removed to accommodate
ongoing Covid-19 restrictions. We hope to host our popular events again soon.
Click photo for hide availability
Prices from £104
Hire our hide exclusively for yourself or your group, and spend a memorable evening in the company of badgers! Perfect for photographers and wildlife enthusiasts.
Mondays & Wednesdays April-October
Adults £15 (RSPB members £12)
Under 18’s £10
CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE DUE TO COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS.
Various dates. Click the photo to redirect to Fell Pony Adventures.
Three day, all inclusive pack horse treks through Swindale Valley and across the fells. A truly unique way to explore Haweswater’s beautiful landscape.
Various dates. Click the photo to redirect to Wilderness Escapes
Wilderness Escapes offer all inclusive camping trips based from their well equipped bell tents, in the heart of beautiful Haweswater.
Launching soon. Click the photo to redirect to Wild Intrigue.
Wild Intrigue are developing a a Woodland Wildlife Hide at Haweswater – perfect for photographing red squirrels and an array of birds. Look out for their launch soon!
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.