Access is FREE all year round. School visits are also available.
Visiting on your own
The best way to access the reserve is through the Dunmail Park (Asda) car park. Access to the car park is from the A596 between Workington and Siddick. Head for the old mineral railway embankment (now a cyclepath) to the right of Edgar’s car showrooms. The cyclepath bisects the two ponds and provides great viewing opportunities. Once on the cyclepath, by turning left it is possible to walk the full length of the freshwater pond as far as the coast, via a bridge over the A596, while a right turn towards Northside junction, followed by a left turn toward Seaton provides fantastic high level panoramic views over the ponds and reedbeds. A short loop-path can also be accessed from the same point to provide easy viewing of the smaller brackish pond.
Access to the well-equipped bird hide can be gained by parking in the Iggesund Paperboard car park, checking in at the security gate and asking for the keys. The hide offers excellent views of the western end of the pond and is well worth a visit.
With our brand new interactive bird hide exhibition (installation imminent), newly created woodland trails and an accessible cycle path offering panoramic views, Siddick Ponds is the ideal place for school groups to get close to nature.
Educational visits are free and led by the Workington Nature Partnership Officer, Raegan Blacker (a qualified Level 3 Forest Schools Practitioner). They are fully risk assessed and can be tailored to suit all ages and subjects. Popular Science topics include Habitats, Life Cycles, Classification of living things, Migration, Plants and Seasons. There are also great opportunities to link with Geography and even History with the remains of Burrow Walls Roman fort close by! The natural setting provides fantastic inspiration for other subjects such as English and Art or for a longer term outdoor learning experience which improves self-esteem and fosters resilient, confident learners. Ask about Forest Schools at Siddick Pond.
Email Raegan Blacker to organise your visit.