Sandscale Haws National Nature Reserve

Important notice -

The toilets near the car park are now open and managed by the National Trust.

Outstanding dune habitat supporting a wealth of wildlife and with magnificent views across the Duddon Estuary onto the Lakeland Fells.

Sandscale Haws National Nature Reserve

Things to see and do 

Evening cloud shadows on grasses and wildflowers on the dunes at Sandscale Haws

The dunes

Explore the vast and beautiful dune habitat supporting a high diversity of plants and animals. From coralroot orchids to curlews and great crested newts, there's enough here to keep the keen naturalist occupied.

Sandscale Haws and the Duddon Valley Estuary

The beach

A beautiful sandy beach with views across the Duddon Estuary, where thousands of wading birds and wildfowl may be seen during winter. Avoid the dangerous inter-tidal area of the estuary due to deep channels.

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?

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Sandscale Haws National Nature Reserve

What's on

Upcoming events

Sorry, there are no upcoming events at this place.

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.