*Visiting Haweswater during November lockdown*

Mardale Head car park remains open, and you are welcome to explore the self-led trails as usual and enjoy the tranquility of RSPB Haweswater. We ask that when visiting, you leave no trace to protect the wildlife, special landscapes and visitors. 

Please note that Haweswater DOES NOT have facilities such as a visitor centre, toilets or cafe. Bring a packed lunch, walking boots and your waterproofs to set off on a real adventure in this rugged corner of the Lake District.






Set within the eastern Lake District National Park, RSPB Haweswater is 3000 hectares of woodland, moorland, farmland, river and meadow, cocooned within mountainous United Utilities land.





Get in touch

Visitor enquiries

Email heather.devey@rspb.org.uk

Phone 01931 713376

General and site management enquiries

Email haweswater@rspb.org.uk

Phone 01931 713376

Please note that staff resources are low this year, so we may not respond to your enquiry immediately.

Find us

Travel to us

Walk or bike

There are lots of beautiful walking and biking routes which take you to Haweswater, and what better way to gain a real sense of place then by discovering it on your own two feet? Get in touch with us to find out which walking routes are available in our area. Otherwise, the following transport options are detailed below.


The closest station is Penrith, which is 14 miles/22.5 km from Haweswater.


Occasional service to the Haweswater car park. Please phone Traveline for latest information on: 0870 608 2608.


Mardale Head car park

Aim for the small village of Bampton, 10 miles south of Penrith and five miles north-west of Shap. From Bampton, head south following signs for Haweswater reservoir. Drive down the road alongside the Haweswater reservoir, which ends at the Mardale Head car park. From here there are a variety of routes to take for self-led walks. Please not that routes are not waymarked.