Summer adventures at Eycott Hill Nature Reserve

Monday 7th August 2017

Exploring the wetland at Eycott Hill Nature ReserveExploring the wetland at Eycott Hill Nature Reserve

New visitor interpretation, free printed guides, and story trail leaflets will help all ages make exciting wildlife discoveries at Cumbria Wildlife Trust’s Eycott Hill Nature Reserve near Penrith this summer.

Thanks to National Lottery Players, and support from the Heritage Lottery Fund panels have been installed across the nature reserve to give information on subjects from healthy habitats, to upland wildlife, marvellous meadows, and Eycott Hill’s volcanic past!

There’s also free car parking and a way marked trail of approx. 1 mile to the summit of Eycott Hill. On the way families can admire the view and learn the names of the surrounding fells at the viewpoint, adventure among ancient lava flows that are more than 400 million years old, and lookout for carnivorous plants in the bog!

Copies of the free family story trail The Raven of Eycott Hill can be ordered in advance of a visit by calling 01539 816300 or picked up from the nature reserve on the day of the visit. Part of the Tale Trail series of leaflets it contains an illustrated map and story to make any visit an adventure for the young and young at heart. Leaflets about the nature reserve, and its nationally important geology, are also available to order or pick up during a visit.

Dogs are welcome at Eycott Hill Nature Reserve but should be kept on a lead to avoid disturbing wildlife and grazing animals. Visitors are also asked to pick up after dogs and to take the bags away with them so adventuring visitors don’t get a nasty surprise!

Eycott Hill Nature Reserve is open year round, and it’s free to visit. To find out more go to

Located between Keswick and Penrith, near to the village of Mungrisdale, Eycott Hill Nature Reserve is 216 hectares of exceptionally rich wildlife habitat and is a Site of Special Scientific Interest for the wetland plants in the swamps and mires and its geology. Work at Eycott Hill Nature Reserve is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and WREN. For the latest news sign up to the Eycott Hill newsletter at


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