The National Trust - Low Wray: FAQs
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Low Wray is an excellent base if you wish to go mountain biking. There are some excellent tracks over Claife Heights and nearby Grizedale Forest which are accessible from the campsite. Check out www.mountain-bike-cumbria.co.uk for some good routes and the Lake District National Park Authority for some sound mountain biking advice.
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Where is the nearest food shop?
There is a shop on site selling the basics: bread, milk etc. Ambleside is a 10 minute drive away and offers several small grocery stores including a Spar (open 8am - 10pm every day). The nearest large supermarket is Booths at Windermere (20 - 25 minute drive) behind the railway station.
Where is the nearest pub / restaurant?
There are two excellent country pubs with restaurant areas within a 2 mile radius of the site. The Outgate Inn on the main B5286 can be reached on foot from the campsite (approx 45 minute walk along a bridlepath) or a 5 minute drive away.
The Drunken Duck Inn is a quaint and cosy inn which offers a more pricey menu (the restaurant has to be booked in advance). It is situated on the road which leads to Tarn Hows (approx 25 minute walk along the road) or 5 minutes in the car. Both Hawkshead and Ambleside offer extensive choice for eating out. Visit www.amblesideonline.co.uk for further information.
Where is the nearest bank?
The nearest banks with cash machines are in Ambleside (NatWest, Barclays and HSBC). There is a cashback facility at the Spar in Ambleside and the Co-op in Hawkshead.
Do you take bookings?
All Campers are accepted on a first come, first served basis. In busy periods, particularly during bank holiday weekends, please arrive as early as you can to secure a pitch or phone ahead for information. Organised groups with accountable leaders (such as scouts/ clubs) may book pitches on our group site in advance. Please refer to our Group Information for an emailable enquiry form. Please note our new arrival time of 1pm until 8pm and a minimum 2 night stay at Bank Holiday weekends.
Do you accept dogs?
Well behaved dogs are welcome at Low Wray Campsite. We charge £1.00 per night to cover the cost of a poop scoop pack. Dogs should be exercised away from other campers and any mess cleared up immediately.
Do you hire freeze packs?
We have limited space to freeze your own ice packs.
Do you exchange gas cylinders?
No - unfortunately we no longer have the facility to store gas cylinders.
What's the weather going to do?
For up to date weather information, please telephone the Lake District Weatherline 08700 550575 or visit www.bbc.co.uk/weather
How safe is it to walk on the fells?
Please refer to the Lake District National Park Authority website for some useful guidelines on how to be safe whilst on the fells or alternatively go to the Langdale and Ambleside Mountain Rescue Team website.
Where are some good walks for families?
There are countless walks starting from the campsite which are suitable for families. There is an excellent easy track along the west shore of Windermere and some interesting tracks nearby leading over Claife Heights towards Sawrey (and the home of Beatrix Potter).
A map is advisable and the routes too numerous to outline here. Please refer to www.lakedistrictoutdoors.co.uk for further ideas and advice or www.lakedistrictwalks.com. Maps and guides can be obtained from various shops in Ambleside or Hawkshead or ordered by post by calling Ambleside Tourist Information Centre on 015394 32582. Our campsite wardens will also be happy to offer any advice they can.
Can we go fishing nearby?
Low Wray is an excellent base for fishing. All anglers require a rod license available at Post Offices and Tourist Information Centres. You may fish on Windermere from the grounds of the campsite or launch your own boat. (NB Motor craft are not permitted in Low Wray Bay).
Just a short walk away is Blelham Tarn, a beautifully tranquil spot for which you require a permit to fish from the Windermere and District Angling Association (WADAA), available from The Tower Bank Arms at Sawrey (only 2 tickets per day can be issued) - tel: 015394 36334.
There are many other fishing locations nearby including lakes, rivers and tarns. Further information available at www.lakedistrictfishing.net. There is also trout fishing at nearby Esthwaite Water (permit available on site).
Where is the nearest town or village?
Low Wray is approximately 3 miles from Ambleside and approximately 3 miles from Hawkshead. Ambleside is the larger town and has much to offer in terms of shopping and eating out. It boasts a cinema and a museum (The Armitt Museum) and has a roman fort (Galava , NT). Hawkshead is a picturesque Lakeland village with cobbled streets and offers family friendly pubs and quaint shops. Further information about both villages can be found at www.amblesideonline.co.uk.
How far is it to Bowness on Windermere?
By car, there are three routes to Bowness. Either by road to Sawrey and then by ferry across the lake to Bowness (approx. 6 miles) or drive to Ambleside and then follow the A591 to Windermere, turn right at the mini roundabout to Bowness (approx 10 miles but no waiting time for the ferry!). Alternatively, you could drive to Waterhead at the northern tip of the lake and catch a steamer to Bowness (30 minute cruise - visit (windermere-lakecruises.co.uk) for a timetable.
Where is the nearest bus stop?
The nearest bus stop is approximately 1 mile from the campsite. The route is bus 505 which travels from Windermere (next to the train station) and travels through to Hawkshead and Coniston (via Ambleside). For timetable information, visit Traveline or telephone the traveline on 0870 608 2 608.
Do you accept trailer tents/ caravans / campervans?
We are able to accept tents and camper vans (please note that there is no hook up or chemical disposal facility). We can accept trailer tents but they have to be manhandled on to the pitch. Unfortunately, we cannot accept caravans.
Do you have laundry facilities?
We have washing machines and dryers. Tokens are available from the shop. Washer tokens £3, dryer tokens £1.
What places are there to visit nearby?
There are many National Trust properties within easy driving distance such as Hill Top, The Beatrix Potter Gallery and Steam Yacht Gondola on Coniston Water. There are countless other attractions nearby. For more information, visit www.visitcumbria.com or www.lakelandgateway.info.
Do you take credit card payments?
Yes, we accept most credit and debit cards (except American Express)
Which is the nearest lake?
Low Wray Campsite is situated on the west shore of Windermere, England's largest lake. The site is also a short drive to many other lakes and tarns such as Grasmere, Rydal Water and Coniston Water.
Are you open all year?
Low Wray Campsite normally opens just before the Easter holidays and closes at the end of October. If you wish to camp in the area outside of these months, please click on Great Langdale and Wasdale Campsites which are open all year round.