Sandscale Haws National Nature Reserve

Important notice -

We've got exciting news, a new car park is being built at Sandscale Haws. From 9 January to the beginning of March the car park will be closed to allow work to take place. Thank you for your understanding whilst the new car park is being built.

Outstanding dune habitat supporting a wealth of wildlife and with magnificent views

Sandscale Haws National Nature Reserve

Things to see and do

Children enjoying rockpooling

Have a wild time! 

The beach at Sandscale Haws is a fantastic place to try out some of the '50 things to do' activities like flying a kite or skimming a stone. Why not have a go?

Sandscale Haws National Nature Reserve

What's on

Upcoming events

Evening Natterjack toad walks, 21 & 28 April 8-11pm

Fri 21 Apr 2017
Experience this amazing and rare species at one of its last remaining UK strongholds. The male's calls can be heard up to a mile away on a still night. Mostly moderate but uneven terrain over dunes and grassland. Approx. 2-3 miles. Walk involves...
Sandscale Haws National Nature Reserve


Male Natterjack Toad at Sandscale Haws

Natterjack Toads at Sandscale 

Natterjack toads are Europe's noisiest amphibians, they breed in natural and man-made pools throughout the site, where you can hear them croaking their distinctive chorus between April and June every year.

Sandscale Haws National Nature Reserve

Our work

Repairing the boardwalks


At Sandscale Haws we try to keep the site looking and feeling as natural as possible. However we do have approximately 400 metres of boardwalks that lead visitors from the car park down to the beach and to our Natterjack toad breeding pools.