Lake District reserves

As Summer colours turn russet this Autumn, I thought I would share some information about active things to see and do that involve taking in the splendour of the flora and fauna in this lovely part of the world.

'Haweswater reservoir, Riggindale' by Dave Willis.

‘Haweswater reservoir, Riggindale’ by Dave Willis.

Haweswater is a reservoir in the northern part of the Lake District, and home to a lone male golden eagle. Here are some top things to watch out for during Autumn, according to the RSPB:

  1. Watch and listen to the red deer stag rut
  2. Look out for the arrival of large flocks of fieldfares and redwings with the possibility of ring ouzels amongst them
  3. Watch for fledged peregrines screaming about the crags

(www.rspb.org.uk/reserves/guide/h/haweswater)

One newish nature reserve in the Lake District is Dubwath Silver Meadows. (What an evocative name!) This 7-hectare wetland site ‘was once part of Bassenthwaite Lake and is now home to a range of special wetland flora and fauna. . . . Look out for rare and not so rare plants, flowers and birds and if you’re quiet you could come across the resident roe deer, or maybe even a badger if you come at night. Be very quiet and you may spot the Red Squirrels feeding at their hazel nut feeders.’ (www.keswick.org/explore/woodlands-wildlife/dubwath-silver-meadows-nature-reserve)

Dubwath Silver Meadows Nature Reserve. Photo courtesy of http://www.keswick.org/explore/woodlands-wildlife/dubwath-silver-meadows-nature-reserve.

Dubwath Silver Meadows Nature Reserve. Photo courtesy of http://www.keswick.org/explore/woodlands-wildlife/dubwath-silver-meadows-nature-reserve.

Located just outside the Lake District National Park itself, but easily accessible from the Lake District is Leighton Moss Nature Reserve. I make mention of this particular place because one of our guests really enjoyed her day out there and waxed lyrical about the reserve. Our German visitor had no private transport of her own but we arranged a private tour guide who picked her up from our Bed and Breakfast and took her there. (It is about 20 minutes by car from our guest house, Blenheim Lodge.)

Leighton Moss is the largest reedbed in north-west England, and home to some really special birds such as breeding bitterns, bearded tits and marsh harriers. You might see deer too, not to mention butterflies aplenty!

(www.rspb.org.uk/reserves/guide/l/leightonmoss/about.aspx)

Some seasonal things to enjoy at Leighton Moss are highlighted below:

  1. Get some great views of the charming bearded tits coming out of the reeds
  2. Enjoy an autumnal woodland walk, then treat yourself to some scrummy cake in the cafe!
  3. Welcome back our winter birds from their summer vacation

(www.rspb.org.uk/reserves/guide/l/leightonmoss)

Red deer at Leighton Moss by Richard Cousens.

Red deer at Leighton Moss by Richard Cousens.

If you are coming to the Lake District for a romantic break, an active holiday of exploring and discovering some of the Lake District’s nature reserves together might not seem overly romantic. But look at what those deer are doing! Romance, it seems, is blossoming at Leighton Moss. So, why not combine a relaxing romantic break in the Lake District with easy explorations of this beautiful national park? Most nature reserves have proper footpaths and boardwalks so that visitors will not find them difficult to negotiate.

The Lake District National Park offers plenty of options for all levels of activities, from the more sedentary – such as cruising one of its plentiful lakes – to the more strenuous – such as climbing up to one of its manifold peaks. Indoor rainy day attractions and activities are also very interesting and widely available. So come on! Sample the Lake District for yourself. We are sure you will love it!

'Offering superb views of the panoramic Langdale Pikes, the garden is described as 'a 2-acre plantsman's mountain paradise' and is said to be particularly spectacular in the Autumn. The owner, Professor Robert Haszeldine, is a keen collector of plants, shrubs and trees from mountainous areas of the Far East and Australasia. There are also extensive plantings of spring bulbs, a large selection of alpines and hellebores. Wildlife frequenting the garden includes red squirrels, badgers and a wide variety of birds.' (Photo courtesy of www.english-lakes.com/garden_copt_howe.htm.)

Copt Howe for garden enthusiasts: ‘Offering superb views of the panoramic Langdale Pikes, the garden is described as ‘a 2-acre plantsman’s mountain paradise’ and is said to be particularly spectacular in the Autumn. The owner, Professor Robert Haszeldine, is a keen collector of plants, shrubs and trees from mountainous areas of the Far East and Australasia. There are also extensive plantings of spring bulbs, a large selection of alpines and hellebores. Wildlife frequenting the garden includes red squirrels, badgers and a wide variety of birds.’ (Photo and words courtesy of http://www.english-lakes.com/garden_copt_howe.htm.)

Blenheim Lodge . . . panoramic Lake views, peace and tranquillity, nestled against acres of beautiful fields and woodlands, in the heart of the English Lake District National Park.’

Visit our website: www.blenheim-lodge.com

Email: enquiries@blenheim-lodge.com

Telephone: 015394 43440

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