Watching birds of prey at Hesk Fell

Duration:2 hours or less
Activity:Nature 'wows'

Hesk Fell and its surrounding hills are a fantastic place to watch for birds of prey. The Fell lies towards the mouth of the Duddon Valley and for wildlife they offer both forestry plantation, mixed broadleaved woodland and open moor/ heathland. In the broad leaf woodland it is possible to see sparrowhawk. Over the open fell or soaring high over the valley, you are more likely to see a buzzard. The open fell side lends itself to breeding and nesting hen harriers, while the valley bottom and access to the marshes gives them a winter retreat. If you are lucky you might see a red kite (or a pair) passing over, and who knows, maybe the thick coniferous woods are hiding a few long eared owls.

Don’t forget to bring your binoculars or you could be disappointed!

Public access to the fell isn’t available directly from this informal parking area, but it is perfect to stand with binoculars to admire the birds or the view. Ulpha has a small Post Office/shop which offers the basic essentials. Broughton-in-Furness has pubs, shops, a Tourist Information Centre and a petrol station/garage. In the Duddon Valley itself you will find the Newfield Inn at Seathwaite serving food and real ale all day. The Duddon Valley offers many informal scenic areas to eat a picnic, so a rug/ deckchairs might be a nice addition to your trip. Please leave the site as you find it for others to enjoy.

Further Information

How to get here:

Please note there is no public transport to this site.

From the North: Follow A595 (following signs for Barrow- in- Furness) At Duddon Bridge (traffic lights) turn left into Duddon Valley.

From the South: From Greenodd turn right onto A5092 to Foxfield (Broughton -in- Furness) via Grizebeck. At Duddon Bridge turn right into Duddon Valley. Continue for 4km (2.5 miles), turning sharp left 430m (0.25 miles) after passing Ulpha Church. The informal car parking area is a further 2km (1.25 miles).

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How to get here

Crosbythwaite Bridge, Duddon Valley

Broughton in Furness LA20 6

Ordnance Survey OL6
The English Lakes
South Western area

SD 188 950

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By Train and Bicycle: Cyclists can take National Rail services from Grange over Sands, Barrow-In-Furness, Whitehaven and Carlisle to Foxfield. From here, the quiet lanes of the Duddon Valley can easily be explored by bicycle.

Telephone: 08457 48 49 50