You won’t want to miss Haweswater’s rare and beautiful wildlife, nor the chance to explore its dramatic mountain setting.


It’s a place where elusive red squirrels scurry up trees, ring ouzels glide over the hills, salmon swim in the rivers and mountain ringlet butterflies make the most of the alpine wildflowers.


Haweswater’s rugged landscape can be discovered through a variety of hiking trails – soak up the atmosphere of ancient woodland, wander past rushing streams and stroll over rolling heathland and moorland. We also have active farms on the reserve, so look out for our small flock of sheep and herd of cattle as you roam.


Haweswater is an idyllic spot that the RSPB maintains in partnership with the landowner - water company United Utilities. Together, our work improves the site for wildlife, drinking water and people.

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