Sandscale Haws National Nature Reserve

Important notice -

Saturday's beach clean will go ahead as planned at 10. Please wrap up warm as cold easterly winds are forecast.

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

Natterjack Walks

Fri 27 Apr 2018
Your chance to spot this rare species at one of its UK strongholds.

Coral root walk

Wed 23 May 2018
Join the Rangers for the best chance to spot this tiny orchid.

Thursday family wild time

Thu 31 May 2018
Join the rangers for a variety of family activities.
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.


An introduction to the Lake District World Heritage Site 

The Lake District was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in early July 2017. It is now part of a special family of iconic places across the planet, like the Taj Mahal, Machu Picchu, Easter Island, the Barrier Reef, the Grand Canyon and many other world famous locations.