Haweswater is wild and wonderful, best explored with sturdy boots, a backpack and a map!
OS maps (OL5).
All the public rights of way across the site are marked on
For visitor parking, please see the tab below.
Haweswater does not have RSPB trails, a visitor centre, public toilets, public hides or a café – we recommend you bring an Ordnance Survey map, picnic and a raincoat to enjoy exploring the beautiful fells here. Please also bear in mind that the upland landscape is incredibly steep and rugged, with very uneven terrain, so the paths can be demanding on your physical fitness.
Prepare for your visit to Haweswater by checking the weather forecast before heading into the hills and please be aware that phone signal is absent throughout most of the site.
We recommend packing the following items to enjoy a day on the fells: lunch and snacks, water bottle, hot flask, OS map (OL5 for this area), waterproofs, drybags, hat, gloves, scarf, tissues, small first aid kit, small torch and a sense of adventure! It is also a good idea to bring a different pair of shoes and socks to change into when you arrive back to your car as the weather can get wild here in the Lake District, even in the summer months.
Our RSPB office for Haweswater at Naddle Farm does not have public parking other than for pre-booked hides and visits and we don’t have a visitor centre here.
We are happy to offer advice on visiting Haweswater, by email or phone and invite you to get in touch using the details at the bottom of this page if you have questions about your visit.
Whether run by the RSPB, or our partners, we have pre-booked wildlife hides and a variety of unique events and experiences available, which can be found in the ‘Events and Experiences’ tab above.