Gait Barrows Nature Reserve

  • Trees, birds, insects and wild flowers
  • Excellent paths through the Reserve
  • Formed around Hawes Water lake

Managed effectively by Natural England, Gait Barrows Nature Reserve is a naturalists delight.Not being an expert myself I consulted the web and found it is one of few homes of the extremely rare Lady’s Slipper Orchid – my orchid viewing ex work colleague Pauline would have been very impressed. The walk through the reserve is interesting for us non botanists with the lake at its heart ,Hawes Water is a centre for birds, marshes and unusual butterflies whilst the woodland is a mix of yew, oak and ash, creating a wonderful canopy in the sunlight or when it is raining.

Recommend: Spring and early summer are best times to visit, when the flowering plants are out.

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Gait Barrows Nature Reserve

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL7 The English Lakes South & East Buy Map
Start Point: SD 471759. Parking under EavesWood and start east and then south along the road to Red Bridge. Come off at this minor road
Height to Climb: 12 ms (39 feet)
Terrain: Easy, wide paths, in fact they are wheel chair/push chair friendly
Eating & Drinking: Silverdale is only 1 mile away and has a hotel serving tea, food and somewhere to stay
Similar Walks Nearby: Climbing Arnside Knott
A round of Silverdale Head
From Arnside to Silverdale
Places to Stay: