Red Squirrels: Forest How Guest House

June 20, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

I recently spent four nights at Forest How Guest House in Eskdale, Cumbria.  The owners John and Deb have been feeding and helping the wild Red Squirrels that visit their garden each day.  They regularly feed the Red Squirrels in several locations throughout the garden, many of which are great photographic locations in very natural settings.

My stay coincided with the visit of one of my flickr contacts and regular visitor, Peter Trimmings.  Both Peter and John took me of tours of the grounds and introduced me to several of the Red Squirrels, showing me where they would likely visit.  Each morning I would meet Peter outside at around 05:30 for a couple of hours before breakfast then again for a few hours after breakfast. It was a great way to start the day although tiring by the fourth day, having the experience of Peter on hand helped a lot and I can't thank him enough for the help he gave me.  There are several different locations within the grounds so you don't get the same images.  John and Peter have set up feeders, perches, stones, logs, an old gate, hollow trees stumps, all of which make great back drops along with the boundary stone wall.  My favourite location was the moss covered stone wall, it was a great place to hide Hazelnuts for the Red squirrels to find whilst they used it as a highway into the garden each morning.  One of my best experiences was having two Red Squirrels on this wall, one perched either side of the gate.  

Forest How is located in Eskdale, a few miles south of Scaffell Pike and wast Water, a beautiful quiet part of the Lake District after from the hustle and bustle of Keswick and Windermere.  Its a great place get away from normal life and unwinding.  There are a few pubs nearby, some within walking distance, where you can get a meal or a drink.

I can't recommend Forest How Guest House highly enough, its the best B&B I have stayed.  John and Deb are fantastic hosts and make you feel very welcome, even if you are crazy enough to be up at 05:30 to photograph the Red Squirrels each day.  Breakfast can only be described as delicious, very filling and welcome break between photographing the Red Squirrels.  The Red Squirrels will even join you at breakfast, you will be able to watch them from your table whilst they visit the feeders only feet away.  There is an abundance of wild birds and pheasants that also visit their garden.  Its definitely an area I'm going to revisit and stay again at Forest How.

If you would like to stay at Forest How, more details can be found on their website can be found here.  To see more of Peter's photos of the Forest How Red Squirrels please click here


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