COVID 19 update
Our recreation site, car parks and toilets will remain open.
Please follow Government guidelines and observe social distancing where necessary, to ensure the safety of yourself, other visitors and our staff.
Please follow the countryside code and make sure your visit is safe and responsible.
Haweswater reservoir is the highest lake in the Lake District. It started as a natural lake. Due to water demand increase, the reservoir system was built between 1935 and 1947. The dam was the first hollow buttress dam in the world. The development of the reservoir resulted in the submergence of Mardale village, the remains of which can still be seen when the reservoir levels are low.
The site offers spectacular views and is a great spot for keen birdwatchers, with sightings of Peregrines, Dippers and Redstarts. Deer are also present on the estate. Both level trails around the reservoir and more strenuous hill routes offer walking options for all levels.
The history of the site and wildlife spotting opportunities offer an impressive walk for all the family.
Mardale Head car park,
Tel: 01768 772 334.
|Open all day, every day.||Mardale Head car park, free to park, located at southern end of Haweswater reservoir.||Information board with map of reservoir and site information, located opposite the dam on the main public road.|
|Circular route around reservoir, marked on site information board, 5-6 hours. Hill walks around the surrounding estate.||See bridleways as demarked on OS maps of the area.||Haweswater estate is an RSPB reserve and Peregrine, Dipper, Pied Flycatcher and Redstart can be seen.||For access requests and other activities please email our Northern Catchment Team|
|Fishing allowed but only with Environment Agency rod license.|
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