There are only 20,000 red squirrels left in England and most of these are in Cumbria and Northumberland.
We have a fair few reports from guests staying at our Lake District cottages of red squirrels raiding bird tables and playing in the garden. This photo was sent in from the people staying at Derwent Lea (one of our Keswick cottages in the Northern Lake District).
If you don’t see any red squirrels at our Lake District cottages but would still like to get some good photos of them, you are likely to see them at Threlkeld near Keswick. If you set off down the old railway track from Threlkeld, there are some feeders just at the first bridge on your right hand side. Another good place is at the Osprey viewpoint in Dodd Wood near Bassenthwaite Lake. And Whinlatter Forest near Braithwaite has been designated a Red Squirrel Stronghold – there is a visitor centre here for more information about red squirrels. All these places are handy for our Keswick cottages, Borrowdale cottages, Bassenthwaite cottages and Ullswater cottages.
Deer at Miterdale in Eskdale
If you are staying in the Western side of the Lake District in one of our Eskdale cottages, then the Miterdale valley is a haven for red squirrels. Find a quiet spot in the woods there and see what else turns up.
Ennerdale is another lonely spot. We’ve just taken on a new cottage here called Fell View cottage which has a bird feeder in its large garden. This is used by woodpeckers, other birds and red squirrels. The forested area around Ennerdale is fantastic for wildlife.
Santon House near Wasdale
Another cottage popular for squirrels is Santon House, one of our Wasdale cottages on the Western side of the Lake District. This house is a paradise for wildlife with its parkland gardens extending to 2.5 acres and an adjoining pasture garden. If you are a keen birdwatcher or wildlife spotter, then this is the holiday cottage for you.