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
All RSPB and third party experiences have gained 'We're Good to Go' accreditation by Visit England, an industry standard which identifies that tourism operators have made the necessary precautions to host covid-secure experiences.
*Please note that events and experiences will only continue if lockdown restrictions are eased as proposed in the government's road map, and will be rescheduled or cancelled should travel restrictions be imposed at a later date.
NEW Wildlife Photography Hides
We are very pleased to announce that we have TWO new Wild Intrigue wildlife photography hides at Haweswater.
Nestled in a private section of Naddle Forest, this hide has been custom-built for wildlife photography. With features such as two-way mirror windows, photography ports, gimbal heads and soft comfortable chairs, this is the perfect base to enjoy a tranquil day of wildlife photography in our wild corner of the Lake District National Park. The hide is visited daily by Red Squirrels, Nuthatch, Great-spotted Woodpecker, and an array of spectacular woodland birds which reside in Naddle Forest.
A characteristic species of Atlantic Oak woodland, the song of the Pied Flycatcher can be heard each spring at Haweswater. A summer visitor, these beautiful birds return to Naddle’s temperate rainforest each year to breed, after spending a winter in the warmer climes of West Africa. After careful monitoring of nest sites over the past two years, Wild Intrigue have identified two active nests suitable for two pop up photography hides within Naddle Forest, providing perfect opportunities to capture exceptional images of Pied Flycatchers without disturbance.
Both hides are managed by Wild Intrigue who would be happy to answer any enquiries you may have.
For more information and to book, click the button below.
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 for all to enjoy. Our experience collection will grow throughout 2021, so check back regularly to discover what’s new.
Spend a day immersed in wildlife from our NEW 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.
Discover the jewel of Haweswater’s temperate rainforest, the Pied Flycatcher, by booking a day in Wild Intrigue’s Pied Flycatcher Photography Hide. This is the perfect opportunity to enjoy photographing this beautiful summer visitor without disturbance, whilst supporting our work to protect the species.
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.
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.
The Haweswater Badger Hide has welcomed hundreds of guests since launching in 2019, with 100% success of close badger encounters every night!
Badger Hide Gift Vouchers entitle the recipient to book an exclusive evening in the hide on a date of their choosing, between April and October 2021. Click here to make someone’s day.
NEW for 2021, the Woodland Wildlife Hide has been designed with photographers in mind, by local experts Wild Intrigue. The hide offers excellent opportunities to photograph species such as charismatic Red Squirrels and an array of woodland birds.
Woodland Wildlife Hide Gift Vouchers entitle the recipient to book from a selection of dates. Click here treat someone
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.