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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. The nearest village is Great Orton about one and a half miles to the west, the hamlet of Wiggonby half a mile to the south and villages of Kirkbampton and Thurstonfield about 2 miles to the north. It is situated mainly in the Allerdale District Council with a small area in Carlisle District. It lies mostly within the Parish of Aikton, with smaller areas in Great Orton and Kirkbampton Parishes.

From Carlisle via B5307
Head south from the city centre past the Hospital and follow the B5307 road towards Kirkbride. At Kirkbampton School turn left and follow signs to Wiggonby for one mile. We are on the left hand side.

From Carlisle via A595
Head south from Carlisle on the A595 for approximately 2.5 miles. Look for Watchtree signs at the new Dobbies/Orton Grange roundabout. Follow Watchtree signs until reaching Watchtree Nature Reserve after approximately 4 miles.

From Wigton
Follow the A596 towards Carlisle for approximately three and a half miles. Turn left at signs for Knoxwood/Wiggonby and continue for one mile until reaching a junction (Hardcake). Turn left and continue for approximately one mile.
Turn left into Wiggonby and then immediately right. Watchtree is half a mile on the right hand side (Look out for the Wind Turbines!)