Making Sandscale fit for the future

New welcome hut at Sandscale Haws by Ian Palmer Architects

For over thirty years the National Trust has cared for Sandscale Haws National Nature Reserve (locally known as Roanhead) and welcomed many thousands of people to enjoy its beautiful beach, stunning views and amazing wildlife.

This year we've had some exciting developments happening on site – during January and February we've built a new car park, re-designed and improved the surface and layout to make it easier for our visitors. As part of this work we have also included the installation of a new welcome hut which will replace the old ice-cream hut that was burnt down several years ago. This will be a new building specially designed for Sandscale will be opening on 16 May as well as being a warm, dry space to learn more about the varied and wonderful wildlife that can be found on site, and later on in the year the hut will be serving snacks and hot and cold drinks. Funding for this work has come from generous donations and legacies to the National Trust via the Neptune Coastal Campaign to help manage and maintain access to our key coastal sites.

More and more people are coming to Sandscale – delighting in its beautiful open spaces and enjoying some precious leisure time here. But to take care of this special place well into the future, the Trust needs to plan ahead and look after it carefully. Given the importance of the area, great care will be taken over any conservation of the land and protection of its wildlife.

Sandscale/Roanhead is close to people’s hearts; memories of family holidays, grand days out, quiet moments or simply running wild. Many of those who enjoy the site are already members of the National Trust and so actively support its work, but to help finance this future work, non-members will be asked to pay a parking fee of £1 per hour. All parking charges paid will go directly to support conservation work at Sandscale. Car parking charges will be introduced from 16 May.

Gemma Wren, Countryside Manager at Sandscale, said: “We’re committed to conserving and caring for Sandscale NNR forever and for everyone.  More and more people are choosing to visit and we welcomed over 60,000 visitors in 2016. This is terrific, but we still need to ensure that we have the funds available to protect this beautiful nature reserve and are able to carry out the necessary conservation work required.”

“We want everyone to enjoy this special place. By introducing car park charges and improving the facilities onsite, it means that we are able to address the inevitable wear and tear, making Sandscale fit for the future and for future generations.”