Where To See Reds

Places to visit to see red squirrels are listed below.

Allan Bank, Grasmere, Cumbria (National Trust)

Forestry Commission Whinlatter Forest Park, Keswick

  • Parking at NY208245 (Pay and Display) Visitor Centre and Tearoom
  • Whinlatter Red Squirrel Experience in the visitor centre with CCTV link to Red Squirrel Feeder
  • Red Squirrels can also be seen within the forest on any of the forest walks: try the new Squirrel Scurry Trail (maps available from the visitor centre)

Forestry Commission Dodd Wood Keswick

  • Parking at NY235281 (Pay and Display) adjacent to the Old Sawmill Tearoom
  • Take the path uphill along the southern side of the stream and follow straight on at all junctions to the Osprey Viewpoint. Red Squirrels are seen on the bird feeders just below the viewing platform

Keswick to Threlkeld Railway Footpath

  • Parking at either Keswick Spa NY270238 or Threlkeld NY 315247 (roadside verges)
  • Red Squirrel feeders at the Threlkeld end of the footpath but squirrels present in woodland along the length of the footpath

Greystoke Forest, Penrith

  • Parking at NY403347
  • Various forest walks through the forest

Oakhurst Garden Centre Lamplugh Road, Cockermouth

  • Has squirrels present on feeders, squirrel supplies, tea room nearby

Thortergill Forge & Tearooms

  • Hidden near the village of Garrigill a beautiful waterfall & working forge with red squirrel feeders

Askham Village & Lowther Estate, near Penrith

  • Parking near Askham Church NY518238
  • Public footpaths alongside River Lowther

Aira Force, Ullswater (National Trust)

  • NY400200 (Pay and Display) Woodland Walk

The Beacon, Penrith

  • NY521310 (on street parking) Woodland Walk. Postcode approx. CA11

 Great Wood, Keswick (National Trust)

  • NY271214 (Pay and Display) Woodland Walk

Brandlehow Park,  Keswick (National Trust)

  • NY249194 (roadside verges)

Thirlmere Reservoir – Woodland Walk 

  • NY320150 – numerous car parks and Forest Walks on western side of reservoir


  • NY175170 Car park in village. Woodland Walk around lake

Holme Wood, Loweswater

  • NY133210 Car parking, public footpath to woodland

Ennerdale Forest

  • NY110154 Car parking, woodland walks


  • NY144044 (roadside parking) Woodland walks near to YHA

Snaizeholme Red Squirrel Trail, Widdale, Wensleydale

East Devon

Squirrels’ Pantry, Cockermouth

If you are ever in the Cockermouth area and like watching red squirrels whilst having a tasty lunchtime snack or afternoon tea, why not visit Squirrel’s Pantry? The people at Squirrel’s Pantry feed and look after the squirrels and are dedicated to maintaining their existence in the area. Please note that this is part of the Oakhurst Garden Centre.

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