Picnic and paddle at High Wray Bay

Duration:Half Day
Activity:Picnic spots

Beautiful woodland, brilliant views, excellent paddling; High Wray Bay is a perfect setting for a day away from the hustle and bustle, where you can just lie on the shores of Lake Windermere and watch the world go by. Don’t forget the picnic and towels as you won’t want to leave. The grassy shoreline of the bay lends itself to an excellent family day out, with easy access, flat grassy surfaces for a multitude of fun activities, then what better way to cool down then a paddle at the edge of the lake, what’s more it gets the sun most of the day. If you are feeling energetic, why not explore the natural woodland that meets the shore in rocky outcrops.

Take a wander up to Wray Castle and experience the exquisite views of the fells and lake or follow the tree trail round the garden.

Further Information

There are no facilities on site, so please bring a picnic; remember to take any litter away after your visit.

Wray Castle: (limited opening times) has cold drinks will be available and toilet facilities. High Wray Farm: has a garden tea shop selling a range of refreshments including cakes and ice creams. In Barngates and Outgates: there are public houses offering a range of local ales and food. In Hawkshead: there are Public Houses, cafes; shops; pay and display car parking and public toilets.

By Paul Kear

Fueled by a passion for the fells of Lakeland I moved here in 1991, and became a Volunteer with the National Trust before being lucky enough to join the Upland Ranger team eventually becoming a supervisor until 2001. I then became the Ranger Volunteers, managing the busy volunteer residential centre near Hawkshead, where I had the pleasure of working with many different groups from diverse audiences in practical conservation tasks. In 2010 I moved into my current role of Volunteer Development Manager and since March 2014 am the Countryside Manager in the South Lakes. I have a keen interest in the human & physical geography and spend a lot of time in the fells, walking, running, climbing and camping.

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How to get here

Wray Castle, West Shore, Windermere

United Kingdom

Ordnance Survey OL7
The English Lakes
South Eastern area

NY 374 010

Get Directions

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 www.windermere-lakecruises.co.uk.

Traveline: 0871 200 22 33
Bus Timetable: http://www.cumbria.gov.uk/roads-transport/public-transport-road-safety/transport/publictransport/busserv/timetables/keswickcentrallakes.asp