Winter and autumn can be especially good for undisturbed wildlife-watching. There are numerous excellent locations not limited to the list below.
Duddon Mosses National Nature Reserve (Cumbria Wildlife Trust, free) one of Leighton Moss, Silverdale, (admission fee)
Haybridge (privately owned, please contact the warden to arrange to visit: 01229 861727.
Foulshaw Moss nature reserve (Cumbria Wildlife Trust, free)
Sandscale Haws National Nature Reserve (National Trust, car parking charge, National Trust members free)
North Walney National Nature Reserve nature reserve (Natural England, free)
South Walney nature reserve (Cumbria Wildlife Trust, small entry fee) – seals and birdlife
Foulney (Cumbria Wildlife Trust, free)
Hodbarrow nature reserve, Millom (RSPB, free entry)
St Bees Head (RSPB, free)