Sandscale Haws National Nature Reserve

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 28 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...

Coralroot Orchid Guided Walk - Saturday 20th May 2017 (10am - 12:00)

Sat 20 May 2017
Sandscale Haws is one of the very best places to see this orchid in the UK. It is never easy to find and numbers fluctuate dramatically from year-to-year so join the Rangers for the best chance to see it and find out about our management work for...

Family Activity Day - Thursday 1st June 2017 (1-3pm)

Thu 01 Jun 2017
Join one of our rangers and volunteers for a fun filled afternoon where we will be ticking off a variety of the 50 Things to before you're 11¾ activities. Park in the main car park at the end of Hawthwaite lane and follow the signs to the...
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.