Silver Meadows, A Lake District Hidden Gem

Silver Meadows - Wetland Walk

Dubwath Silver Meadows is a traditional wetland site and a real hidden gem 

It is quite likely that you have passed this amazing place without even realising it was there.

Located by Bassenthwaite Lake.

It is a tranquil and peaceful area that is home to a wealth of birds, animals, butterflies, and rare plants.

The history of how this area has developed into what it is today is fascinating and information boards around the site will tell you everything you need to know about it. 

You can walk in a loop through a variety of different bogs and heaths.

Hay Meadow -  in summer this meadow is allowed to grow so the wildflowers can bloom, providing nectar for insects and allowing them to drop their seeds.

Wet heath – this area is dominated by lush growth of a variety of tall plants which have had many uses by previous inhabitants.

Norse Shelter – a bird hide made by traditional methods where you can sit and watch the birds at the feeders.

Willow Carr – almost mangrove-like wetland willow woodland. This is the wettest part of the reserve, characterised by willow with purple moor grass underneath, both plants happy to have their roots submerged in water.

Celtic shelter – marvel at this unique wattle and daub construction while you rest your legs.

Snipe bog – another wet part of the reserve, this area is home to several shy birds and mammals, you may see or hear ground nesting birds, roe deer and, if you’re very lucky, otters.

Distance: 2.5 km

Time: Approximately 1 hour

Ascent: None

Difficulty: Easy 


Wheelchair, pushchair and tramper accessible. Dogs welcome but must be always on leads due to deer and ground nesting birds. The paths are flat and made up of either recycled plastic boardwalk, or hardcore path. There are a number of gates.

Starting point:

Located just off the A66 at the Pheasant Inn/Dubwath junction, at the west end of Bassenthwaite Lake. The route starts opposite Bassenthwaite Lake Station. Informal parking is available by the roadside, please park considerately.


X5 (alight at Dubwath), and the X4 (alight at Brathay Hill).


Entry is FREE. However, the reserve is managed by a group of local volunteers, so we suggest you consider donating or even become a friend for only £5 per year.

Find out more on their website or pick up a leaflet at the entrance of the meadows. They organise regular events including Dawn Chorus, Bat Evenings and Ecology walks which are open to everyone.