Latterbarrow and Claife Heights

Duration:Full Day

This is a perfect way to explore the area around Low Wray Campsite and the western shore of Windermere. It takes in Wray Castle, Latterbarrow and Claife Heights. All in all this walk is 10 miles long so if you're looking for something to keep you occupied for the full day its perfect with pubs at the half way point for a nice lunch/drink stop. It can also be shortened if you're looking for a 2- 4 hour walk up Latterbarrow and back along the lake shore. Route maps are available from the campsite shop but an OL7 will do the job as well. If you fancy a faster pace you there are many mountain bike tracks to choose from as well.

First stop is Wray Castle about a mile up the road, with beautiful lake views over towards Ambleside. The castle is open daily from 10.30 until 5 if you fancy a look in, otherwise you continue down to the lakeshore for a short while before heading away from the lake for Latterbarrow. At around 244m in height Latterbarrow may not be the tallest of the lakeland fells but still offers lovely views both over Windermere and towards the fells of Coniston and Langdale. There is a monument at the top of Latterbarrow so you will know when your there.

After Latterbarrow you head along Claife Heights along woodland and forestry tracks. There are many little tracks over claife heights to get lost along so a map is probably a good idea, although there are sign posts along the route as long as you know where your heading for. Spring and Summer time is a lovely time to walk along Claife with millions of Foxgloves that you can't miss and other wildflowers to keep a look out for. You also pass some lovely tarns as you make your way on the track over Claife including Moss Eccles Tarn which is a beautiful setting for a picnic if you have bought your own.

If you decide to continue on to the pub for lunch it is just a short walk from the tarn where you have the choice of going to Near Sawrey or Far Sawrey either of which have pubs which serve food.

After a pit stop your walk continues back through some lovely woodlands (which can be quite muddy) to Belle Grange where you meet the lake shore, which you follow all the way back to Wray Castle.

By Sarah Cottrell

Campsite Assistant at Low Wray. I have worked at the Campsites for the last 4 seasons both at Great Langdale and Low Wray, and feel lucky to work in one of the most beautiful areas of the country. Looking out onto the Lake on a calm summers morning can't be beaten. I have a keen interest in Nature and Education and have enjoyed bringing these aspects into my work at the campsite. We are lucky to have a diverse range of wildlife at Low Wray and setting up Badger Cam this year has definently been a highlight.

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Low Wray Campsite, Ambleside

United Kingdom

Ordnance Survey OL7
The English Lakes
South Eastern area

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