Haweswater Estate

Welcome to Haweswater, The water quarter!

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Haweswater is not just a beautiful place to visit. It plays a vital role in supplying about 25 per cent of the North West's water supply - which means that about one glass of water in every four comes from here.

Haweswater was built in the 1930s by Manchester Corporation to provide vital drinking water. It also supplies communities throughout south Cumbria and Lancashire and, these days, can even be used to top up supplies in Liverpool, if needs be.

The picturesque valley has a fascinating history and is home to some of the UK's rarest and beautiful wildlife. England's only golden eagle is found here, together with buzzards, peregrines, redstarts and dippers, to name but a few.

While you're here you might catch a glimpse of some of our amazing wildlife. Look out for wheatears, ring ouzels and ravens, as well as goosanders on the water, red squirrels in the woodlands and red deer on the fell.

Fishing is allowed, but only with an EA rod licence (no ground baiting).

Please stay safe - stay out of the reservoir

It's very dangerous and extremely cold. Even the strongest swimmer can drown. Find out more...

Site facilities at Haweswater include:

  • Dogs allowed - if kept under control
  • Free car parking

There aren't many shops/pubs nearby so you might want to think about a packed lunch. Remember the weather can change very quickly in the Lake District, so take a waterproof or a change of clothes. 

Opening times

Open all day, every day. For more information contact our team at Haweswater on 01768 772 334 (During office hours).

How to get there

Haweswater is between Kendal and Penrith off the A6.  Take a look on Google Maps.

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