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About Haweswater

Male redstart perched on branch

Image: Andy Holt

If you want to see a golden eagle but can't get to the Highlands of Scotland, you could try Haweswater where a male displays in the hope of attracting a mate. An observation point in spring and summer is reached from the western end of Haweswater, 1.25 miles (2 km) along an uneven path. Other upland and woodland birds can be seen in the area. The car park fills quickly in summer: be early if you can.

Opening times

The reserve is always open; the viewpoint is open at all times but is only manned between April and August from 11 am-4 pm on Saturdays and Sundays, plus bank holidays.

Entrance charges

Free, but donations to help us continue our work here are welcome.

Information for dog owners

Dogs are allowed anywhere. However, they must be kept under close control as this is a sheep-farming area.

Contact us

Where is it?

  • Lat/lng: 54.48976,-2.82124
  • Grid reference: NY469108
  • Nearest town: Penrith, Cumbria
  • County: Cumbria
  • Country: England

Get directions

Note: Some reserves are not served directly by public transport and, in these cases, a nearby destination (from which you may need to walk or take a taxi or ferry) may be offered.

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