Low Wray - FAQs
Where is the nearest food shop?
We have a new relocated shop in the centre of the campsite combined with reception. We sell all the basics such as milk, eggs and bread. We also stock a small selection of local meats and specialities..
Ambleside is a 10 minute drive away and offers several small grocery stores, including a Spar (open 8am - 10pm every day) and Tesco Extra (6am - 11pm every day). Hawkshead also has a Co Op, a 10 minute drive away. Bowness has a Morrisons Local (6am - 11pm 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). There is a cashback facility at the Spar in Ambleside and the Co-op in Hawkshead, which also has a link cash machine.
Do you take bookings?
Bookings can now be taken at Low Wray.
Do you accept dogs?
Well behaved dogs are welcome at Low Wray Campsite, for which we make a small charge. 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?
We will now be selling gas cylinders for the 2013 season alongside the smaller range of canisters previously offered.
What's the weather going to do?
For up to date weather information, please telephone the Lake District Weatherline 0844 846 2444 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).
We sell maps and guidebooks in our shop and our staff are very happy to advise on local routes. For great family outdoor activities visit our Rangers’ Outdoor Experience website.
Where are some good mountain bike routes?
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. There are also some bike routes on our Rangers Outdoor Experience website.
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. You can visit the Beatrix Potter Gallery and an NT Gift shop here. 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 www.windermere-lakecruises.co.uk for a timetable.
Where is the nearest bus stop?
There is a new bus stop at the campsite entrance for the X30 bus. For timetable information, visit Traveline.
Do you accept trailer tents/ caravans / campervans?
We are able to accept tents and campervans (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. The maximum size campervan we can accept is 6m long and 2m wide. Unfortunately, we cannot accept caravans.
Do you have laundry facilities?
Laundry and small drying room now operational. Machines are no coin operated (no longer tokens). Washer £3, dryer £2.
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.golakes.co.uk.
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.