Long Valley Yurts at Low Wray

UK England North West England Cumbria Ambleside

  • Dogs welcome
  • Laundry
  • Campfires allowed
  • Groups welcome
  • Children’s playground
  • Short walk to pub
  • Good walks nearby
Morocco meets Mongolia meets Cumbria

Tucked away on the quieter western shore of Windermere, you’ll find the delightful rambling estate of Wray Castle, once the summer abode of a young Beatrix Potter. Nearly 50 years ago the National Trust turned the grounds into what is now one of Cumbria’s loveliest campsites, with pitches in fields, pitches (and pods) in woods, pitches right on the lake shore – a real somewhere-for-everyone place. But still there was something missing. ‘What about’, cried people who wanted to stay there in a yurt, ‘people who want to stay there in a yurt?’

Now, with the arrival of Long Valley Yurts, that cry has been answered. In a field bordered on one side by trees and the curiously spelt Blelham Beck, and just beyond a very well maintained if somewhat barracks-like facilities block, sit five gorgeous yurts awaiting your indulgence.

It’s a widely held belief – based, it must be said, on nothing more tangible than empirical evidence and historical documentation – that yurts are a form of dwelling emanating from the Central Asian steppe (where they are often known as gers) rather than, say, north Africa. One must therefore congratulate the good people at Long Valley on the inspirational brainwave that led them to decorate the yurts here as if they were from Morocco. The furniture, rugs, and even the lanterns conjure up a vision of old Marrakech. There’s also a fully equipped kitchen so visitors can bang out some falafels to accompany their tabouleh and hummus. It’s post-modernism given a jokey twist. ‘Was Genghis Khan’, they appear to be asking, ‘actually an African?’

What we can be sure of is that north Africa is, as a rule, is hotter than Cumbria, so to redress the balance, extra warmth comes courtesy of a wood-burning stove for which firewood and kindling is provided. Should it rain, you can curl up smugly snug with your nearest and dearest or rifle through the games chest and beat them into a pulp at Monopoly or similar. And when bedtime comes, everyone can forget those arguments about which player would have won first prize in the beauty contest, and drift off to sleep gazing up through the skylight at the constellations above.

But it’s not all lying back and thinking of Orion. The owners are more than happy to organise a whole host of activities to get your teeth into – literally, in the case of the bushcraft course. Trained instructors will take you rock climbing, abseiling, ghyll scrambling, mountain-walking, mountain-biking, Ray Mears-ing, or, perhaps most excitingly, canoeing – you can paddle from right outside your front door, down the Blelham Beck which borders the glamping field, and out on to Windermere itself.

England’s largest lake is, naturally, a Mecca for lovers of all kinds of aquatic pastimes, with local companies offering a chance to try out sailing, waterskiing, and windsurfing. Or, if that’s all a bit too much, you can always hop on one of the many cruisers that chug relentlessly back and forth over the water.

Long Valley Yurts also have two other sites – Great Langdale (slightly further north in the Lake District) and Knotlow Farm in the Peak District.

Details

Facilities

Three 16ft Yurts on the shores of Windermere (sleeping up to 5 each) and three 18ft Yurts (sleeping up to 6 each) on Whitworths Meadow about a 5 minute walk to the shore. All linen supplied. A fully-equipped kitchen including gas hobs; while lighting and fairy lights are solar-powered. Immaculate showers and loos are a step away, plus a washing-up area and laundry room with a washing machine and tumble-dryer. An adventure playground will keep the kids entertained and you can launch non-powered craft into Windermere from a beach on the site.

Suitable For

Big groups (mixed sex only – no stag or hen parties) – yes. Tents, campervans, caravans, dogs, young groups – no.

Nearby

Sail, windsurf or waterski on England's largest lake with Windermere Outdoor Leisure Centre (015394 47183) or cruise the waves in style with Windermere Lake Cruises (01539 443360). Long Valley Yurts have also teamed up with Keswick Canoe and Bushcraft (017687 80145) to offer a range of exciting Ray Mears style activities including an introduction to bushcraft day, canoe and bushcraft experience and shelter, flints and steels skills course to name but a few. Contact the Long Valley team for more information and booking. Otherwise you might like to seek out Grizedale Forest for some buzz à la bicyclette, from the most family-friendly tracks to the taxing North Face Trail. Bikes can be hired at Grizedale Mountain Bikes (01229 860369). The World of Beatrix Potter is over the other side of the lake, at Bowness, and is not to be confused with the erstwhile author’s house, Hilltop (01539 436269), at Near Sawrey, which is much closer.

Food & Drink

The Drunken Duck Inn (01539 436347) has a reputation for serving some of the best pub food in Britain, and is only a couple of miles away at a lonely crossroads between Outgate and Skelwith Bridge. Lucy’s of Ambleside (01539 432288) is a deli with its own café/restaurant and sells lots of delicious, if hardly inexpensive, ingredients for your camp nosh-fest. Meanwhile, Ambleside’s 2 art house cinema-restaurants, Fellinis ‘vegeterranean’ (01539 432487) and Zeffirellis Italian (01539 433845), both keep it reel.

Opening Times

March – November.

The Owner Says

Three Stunning Lake frontage Yurts on our Low Wray Site.  Three 18ft Yurts in beautiful secluded meadow.

Kick off your shoes, sit back and relax....Your holiday starts here.

“A truly magical experience” is how some of our guests have described staying in one of our Yurts or Bell Tents. Long Valley Yurts offer the perfect combination of back-to-nature living, without compromising on all the usual luxuries you would wish for on your holiday.

Spacious with comfortable beds, warm duvets, cosy wood burning stoves, solar lighting and fairy lights, this really is luxury camping. Ideal for families and friends, come and experience a holiday with a difference, one you never forget.

We currently have 3 Stunning locations across the Lake District  and Peak District National Parks.

Also available are our experience days running from both the Low Wray and Great Langdale sites including Bushcraft courses and Outdoor activities

We currently offer half day activities in:

Rock climbing, Gorge/Ghyll scrambling and Canoeing. For something really different why not book onto the Moonlit Canoe session including hot chocolate, roasted marsh mallows and roaring fire on the shores of Windermere. What could be better.

Full day Sessions in: Mountain Days and Canoe and Bushcraft days.

Prices are from £25 and a full day is £45 all abilities and ages welcome

For more Information please contact us

Alternatively you can check availability and make a booking on our NEW online booking system.

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Location

Contact Long Valley Yurts at Low Wray, Long Valley Yurts, Low Wray National Trust Campsite, Ambleside, Cumbria LA22 0JA

Getting There

From Ambleside, take the A593 to Clappersgate. Just afterwards, hang a left on to the B5286. After 1½ miles turn left at a sign for Wray – the site is just under a mile along this road. Take the train to Windermere then jump on to a Coniston Rambler bus no. 505, which will drop you off at a turning off the B5286 (it’s the first left about 1½ miles after Clappersgate, signposted Wray). From there it’s just under a mile’s walk along a country road to the site.

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