Visitors

 Watchtree Nature Reserve is open every day.(see opening hours)

  The Wheelers cycle hire centre is open Wednesday to Sunday only.


We have wetlands with two bird hides and some fantastic woodlands to explore.

Come along and enjoy the many trails including orienteering and the Children’s favourite, explorer’s trail.

Watchtree Nature Reserve is situated on the Solway Plain about 6 miles due west of Carlisle and 6 miles north east of the market town of Wigton. It’s on high ground overlooking the Solway Firth estuary about 3 miles to the north. The site has clear views to the northern hills of the Lake District with the peak of Skiddaw prominent to the south and the North Pennines to the East. It is a 205 acre Site (83ha) incorporating Woodland, Wetland and Meadow habitats predominately created on a former airfield.