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

Immerse yourself in nature with our collection of guided events and experiences.

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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

Enjoy a magical evening discovering one of Britain’s most enigmatic mammals, on one of our popular RSPB Haweswater Guided Badger Watches.

Available all year

Prices from £104

An exciting, unique gift for any wildlife lover! What better gift than the promise of memorable night in nature?

20 March   |   10am – 12.30pm

Adults £12 (RSPB members £10) 

Under 18’s £6

Explore the nooks, crannies and creatures of gnarly Naddle Forest on the first of our brand new RSPB Talk & Walk events for 2020. 

10 April  |   10am – 12pm

Adults £10 (RSPB members £8)

Children £5

Embark upon an RSPB Guided family adventure of gnarly Naddle Forest in search of red squirrels, bugs, wildflowers, birds and more!

10 April   |   2pm – 5.30pm

Adults £15 (RSPB members £12)

Under 18’s £8

An RSPB Guided exploration of beautiful Swindale Valley to discover the wildlife and habitats benefiting from the newly restored Swindale Beck.

17 April   |   10am – 12.30pm

Adults £15 (RSPB members £12)

Under 18’s £8

Discover how Haweswater is an important safe haven for one of the Lake District’s most notable mammals, the red squirrel, before heading out to search for them in Naddle Forest.

24 April   |   6am – 8am

Adults £20 (RSPB members £16)

Under 18’s £10

Start your morning immersed in the melodic birdsong of Haweswater, on this fascinating event led under the specialist expertise of RSPB Haweswater site warden, Spike.

5 May   |   5.30am – 7.30am

Adults £20 (RSPB members £16)

Under 18’s £10

With International Dawn Chorus Day taking place two days prior, head out with RSPB Haweswater site warden, Spike, to discover the diversity of Haweswater’s birds.

22 + 25 May  |   11am – 12.30pm

Adults £12 (RSPB members £10)

Under 18’s £6

Join an RSPB Guided exploration of Naddle Forest at the most beautiful time of year, as it becomes blanketed in carpets of bluebells, and search for the woodland’s wild inhabitants 

11 May   |   8pm – 9.30pm

Adults £10 (RSPB members £8)

Children £5

Children and their teddy bears are invited to embark upon a nocturnal RSPB Guided family adventure, in search of one of the most curious nocturnal creatures – bats!

25 May   |   8.30pm – 10pm

Adults £12 (RSPB members £10)

Under 18’s £6

Embark upon an RSPB Guided evening foray into Naddle Forest to discover the signs, sounds and creatures that roam Haweswater after sunset, and of course eavesdrop on bats using detectors!

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! 


Fascinating insights into Haweswater...

There's always something exciting happening at Wild Haweswater. Read some of our recent blog posts to discover more about our seasonal wildlife, unique events, behind the scenes news from the team, and much more.


Guest Blog: Amy Bray, Another Way

Amy's story is one of determination, inspiration and hope. From growing up fearful about the future of our oceans, to taking responsibility in encouraging change, establishing Another Way, and recently…

Volunteer Voices: The Fence

Haweswater’s trusty volunteers may be unable to take part in our Thursday work parties right now, but they’ve been keeping in touch online. From quizzes to sharing some (very) creative…

Celebrating Forests

Join Lucy on a springtime meander in Naddle Forest to discover why forests in the Lake District are vital for a diversity of species.


Wild Haweswater People

Wild Haweswater is cared for by a team of dedicated people, keen to share this special place with you.
Lee Schofield

Lee is the site manager, overseeing RSPB's work at Haweswater, making sure our stewardship of the area delivers for nature, water and people.
Twitter: @leeinthelakes

Heather Devey

Heather is our visitor development officer, planning and running Haweswater's wonderful events. She's a big fan of all types of furry beasts.
Twitter: @feraheather

Spike Webb

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 Gorst

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.


Wild Haweswater is wonderful, but you don't need to just take our word for it...
Haweswater lichens
Caz & Chris Walker with a group on a lichen foray

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.

Caz & Chris Walker

RSPB volunteers and local residents