Natural play area at Wray Castle

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

Down by the shores of Windermere at Wray Castle we have a perfect place to do some of the 50 Things!

Our glorious natural play area has been specially built by our rangers so you can enjoy the woodland as much as possible. Come down and spot as many things listed in your 50 Things you can complete - we have a tyre rope-swing, big tree-trunks to balance on, tunnels to crawl through, and handmade dens to play in (with plenty of materials for you to build your own too).

Mums and Dads can join in as well! There is seating to take a rest and eat a picnic after all the fun.

Further Information

More information about Wray Castle

By Craig Hutchinson

Having lived in the area all my life and trained as a chef, I soon found I much preferred working outdoors. I've now worked for the National Trust for over 20 years as a Ranger Supervisor for the South Lakes. My role involves activities from dry stone walling and hedge laying, to improving access and building a natural play area. The varied aspect of the role and the people I work with and meet make every day different and enjoyable. It's great to look back at the affluent number of interesting projects I have been involved with that have made a significant improvement to the local area.

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How to get here

Wray Castle, West Shore, Windermere

United Kingdom

NY 374 010

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From the ferry at Bowness: a 6km (3 ¾ mile) walk/cycle along the shores of Windermere brings you to the bay; the path can be rough in places but has very little height gain or ascent. Windermere Lakes Cruises (Green Route) operate a ferry service from Ambleside to Wray Castle please check times of services on

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