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Where To See Red Squirrels

Red Squirrels can be seen throughout the northern England. Here are a few places where you are most likely to spot them. To find out more details, please click on the name which will take you to the appropriate website. 

 

Cumbria

Whinlatter Forest Park  Keswick
Whinlatter Red Squirrel Experience in the Visitor Centre. Red Squirrels can also be seen within the forest on any of the forest walks
 
National Trust Allan Bank Grasmere
Beautiful woodland walk with good chances of seeing reds.
 
Reds are regularly fed by hotel staff in the grounds.  
Squirrels Pantry Tearoom  Cockermouth
Red squirrel feeders and delicious tea and cakes.
 
4-5 red squirrels seen daily - almost guaranteed viewing!
 
Reds regularly visit feeders just a short walk from the hotel car park. 

Northumberland

Woodhorn Museum Ashington
Two dedicated feeding stations in the grounds of the museum. You are almost guaranteed to see reds.

Kielder Castle Kielder
Red Squirrel World Information Room and dedicated hide.

Kielder Watererside  Kielder
Take a short stroll through woodland to the wildlife hide where red squirrels are often seen on feeders.

Howick Hall Gardens & Aboretum Alnwick
Approximately 11,000 trees and shrubs in 65 acres of woodland with red squirrels too.

 
Hareshaw Linn Northumberland National Park, nr Bellingham
Fantastic waterfall walk with reds in woodland.
 
Hauxley nr Amble
Northumberland Wildlife Trust reserve on the east coast, reds often seen on the feeder adjacent to the car park. 
 
Wallington Cambo, nr Morpeth
National Trust property with red squirrels regularly seen at the bird hides. 
 

County Durham

An award winning museum with red squirrels in the grounds. A great family day out.
 
A SSSI overlooking Derwent Reservoir. Lots to see here, including red squirrels!

Merseyside

National Trust Formby
Stunning coastline with large areas of beaches, sand dunes and pine woods where reds live.

North Yorkshire

Simon Phillpott's purpose built red squirrel hide - a great opportunity to get the perfect red squirrel photo. There is a charge for using the hide.
 
Snaizeholme Red Squirrel Trail Widdale, Wensleydale
A dedicated red squirrel viewing area. With luck you may also see roe deer, along with a variety of woodland birds such as siskin, lesser redpoll and perhaps even a common crossbill.