Low Wray National Trust Campsite The National Trust

UK England North West England Cumbria Ambleside

  • Children’s playground
  • Laundry
  • Dogs welcome
  • Good walks nearby
Unforgettable lakeside camping and glamping – if you can bag one of the few spots!

A night or two next to England’s largest lake is, we think, simply unforgettable. Low Wray sits on the quieter western shore of Lake Windermere, away from the fleshpots of Ambleside and Bowness and, if the weather holds, it can feel like the most relaxing place on earth.

As you’d expect from a National Trust site, it’s well organised with good facilities, but it’s not overly regimented. There are several camping areas, including an elevated meadow (open for a month only in summer) with big views, another patch in a clearing surrounded by trees, and – best of all – a spot right on the shore with sweeping views across the water. There’s a surcharge for the lake-shore pitches (and a slightly longer walk from the car) but you’ll go to sleep to twinkling stars and lights across the water and wake up with the promise of a bracing dip just steps from your tent. Children have the run of the woodland trails, an adventure playground and shallow lake-shore bays, and there's a small campsite shop, which opens during reception hours and has all the basics such as bread, butter, milk etc.

For those without the camping gear, Low Wray Campsite also has a handful of glamping options. There are pods, run by the National Trust, alongside yurts and tipis, which are set up and rented by outside providers. In 2019 they also took the innovative new step of adding a pair of 'tree tents' incredible wood and canvas spheres that are suspended in the trees and decked out with double beds.

Aside from the great location next to England’s largest lake and the possibilities for sailing, kayaking and fishing, the campsite is well-positioned to take in some of the Lake District’s ‘dry’ attractions. There are plenty of opportunities for walking and off-road cycling, with paths leading directly from the campsite. This is also Beatrix Potter country, so a trip here wouldn’t be complete without visiting either her home at Hill Top near Sawrey or the Beatrix Potter Gallery in Hawkshead, which houses an exhibition of her original paintings.

Details

Facilities

Plentiful facilities in 3 blocks plus hot-water wash-up areas and laundry. Good site shop, a wood-fired pizza tent (3 nights per week), kids’ playground, bike rental. BBQs off the ground; no campfires. Kids’ playground, disabled facilities, boat launching (for non powered craft) and kayak hire throughout the season. Vehicles must be parked off the camping grass. New camping pods (standard and family size). Bread oven for freshly baked bread in the mornings along with bacon butties and fresh pastries in the shop.

Suitable For

Tents, small campervans, dogs, organised groups outside the main holidays – yes. Caravans, mobile homes – no.

Nearby

A lakeshore path leads to Wray Castle, great for families with a range of activities, including the new Peter Rabbit Warren. Boats go from there to the Lakes Visitor Centre at Brockhole (01539 446601; www.brockhole.co.uk), and the terrific Treetop Trek (01539 447186).

Food & Drink

Visit the foodie-fantastic world of Lucy’s in Ambleside (01539 432288) or the gastro-brewery heaven of the Drunken Duck (01539 436347) with an award-winning restaurant and ales brewed on site.

Opening Times

Easter–October.

The Owner Says

Low Wray campsite nestles on the western shoreline of Lake Windermere next to Wray Castle and close to the villages of Hawkshead and Ambleside. It’s an excellent base for families with direct access to the lakeshore for water-based activities and is in close proximity to the many attractions of the central Lake District.

A lakeshore path to Wray Castle and newly opened bike tracks in the local area make for a truly relaxing 'car free' break.

The site is open from April to October and offers a wide variety of pitches from lakefront and lake view to open meadow and secluded woodland. There are also ten camping pods and a couple of safari tents at Low Wray.

The site offers good facilities with a shop, three shower blocks, laundry and drying facilities, as well a children’s adventure playground, bike hire, kayak hire, children’s activity packs and we even sell pizzas from a wood-fired pizza oven 3 nights a week.

Book online to secure your pitch. We’d hate for you to dash up on the day only to find that we’re already full. Pre-booking is essential for the pods.

You’ll find our staff happy to answer any questions you may have about the campsite and what there is to see and do in the local area. We’ll do our best to make your stay as enjoyable as possible.

As a National Trust campsite, your fees contribute to the Trust's conservation projects in the Lakes, so your stay directly helps to look after the stunning countryside you’ll enjoy whilst you’re here.

Book online at www.ntlakescampsites.org.uk Check out this video of the site, courtesy of Cool Camping and Cool Places author Jules Brown:

Pitches

130 tent pitches; 10 pods, 2 suspended tree tents and 14 campervan pitches (no hook-ups).

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Location

Low Wray National Trust Campsite, Low Wray, nr Ambleside, Cumbria LA22 0JA

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Getting There

From Ambleside, take the A593 to Clappersgate then turn left onto the B5286. Turn left again at the sign for Wray, the site is less than a mile on the left.

Bus 505 from Ambleside drops you at the Wray turn-off, a mile from the site.

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