Den building near the lake

Duration:2 hours or less
Activity:For kids - things to do before you're 11¾

Low Wood is the perfect spot for some family fun. You can have a free, adventurous and creative day out using natural materials you find on the woodland floor to make yourselves a den. Let your imagination run away! All we ask is that you leave the wood as you found it for others to enjoy. Low Wood, managed and cared for by the National Trust, is very near the deepest lake in England, Wastwater.Why not bring a picnic too and enjoy the view?

The grounds of Wray Castle on the west shore of Windermere are also perfect den-building territory – we’ve been saving lots of branches for that very purpose. And if it rains, you can always head inside this fab house and build yourself a castle.

Den-building tips... Find and collect your den materials from the woodland floor; branches, twigs, and leaves of all sizes. Next choose a dry, flat spot for the most solid den and never build with sharp objects. It could help to start by leaning sticks against a tree trunk or low tree branch like a wig-wam.

Further Information

Planning your visit: There are amenities in Gosforth, ranging from several pubs, a small food store and locally renowned bakery. At Nether Wasdale there are two public houses, The Screes & The Strands. There is a YHA at the side of the lake. Past Low Wood and beyond the lake, there is Wasdale Head. Here there is the Wasdale Head Inn and an outdoors shop. Closest petrol station is at Holmrook on A595.

By Martin Clayton

Ranger Supervisor Helping to care for the Duddon & Eskdale Valleys. I've been working in the countryside for over 22 years, so I guess I must like it! Organising and leading mountain bike working holidays. Fully qualified mountain bike instructor/leader. My main interests are cycling (road and mountain bike) and gardening.

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How to get here

Low Wood, Wasdale

United Kingdom

Ordnance Survey OL6
The English Lakes
South Western area

NY 143 040

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By Train and Bicycle: Cyclists can take their bikes on the train from Lancaster, Grange over Sands or Whitehaven to Ravenglass, then cycle along National Cycle 72 to Gubbergill. From here follow quiet lanes through Santon Bridge to Low Wood.

Telephone: 08457 48 49 50