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

Gift Vouchers

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.


Wildlife Experiences

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.

Dates through 2021, 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 between April – November 2021,  book here.

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.

Limited dates through 2021, 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.


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.

Multi-Day Adventures

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.


Dates throughout summer 2021, click here to find out more.

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.

Limited dates in summer 2021, click here to explore more.

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.

Dates throughout summer 2021, click here to find out more.

Escape the hustle and bustle of life and reconnect with yourself and nature on an all inclusive mindfulness retreat, based in the heart of beautiful Swindale Valley.

Dates throughout summer 2021, click here to discover more.

Unique opportunities for adult individuals to truly explore the therapeutic value of nature, on an expert guided programme of  rejuvenation and restoration.

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.


Holes in the map, part 9: Wolves

In the final part of our series about species missing from the Lake District, Site Manager Lee Schofield takes on the wolf. A ruined stone building known as Low Loup…
Common Eyelash (Scutellinia scutellata)

Macrofungi of Haweswater’s Mirkside

Delve into the fascinating Kingdom of Haweswater's fungi in this new report by Cumbria Fungi Group, following extensive surveys undertaken in Merkside Wood.
Wildcat Graham Brown

Holes in the map, part 7: Wildcat

In part 7 of our series about the Lake District’s missing wildlife, Site Manager Lee Schofield writes about the wildcat, a species that was common in our woods and fells…


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