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Notice: Our new cafe in the courtyard at Claife is now open. Work will continue on the Viewing Station throughout the summer and occasionally access may be restricted.
Classic south Lakeland countryside with views of the fells and lakes
The western shore of Windermere is perfect for a car-free adventure for all the family. Why not travel over on the ferry from Bowness? In less than 15 minutes you’ll leave the busy eastern shore behind you and arrive at the naturally beautiful west shore.
From here you can discover the mystical heights of Claife Viewing Station and learn about its colourful history.
The Station courtyard is perfect for picnics followed by a gentle wander up the slope where you’ll be rewarded with panoramic views of Windermere, at the top.
Claife Viewing Station is also the best place to set out on the 4-mile lake shore track, that leads you north towards Wray Castle. This gentle, linear route is great for exploring on bikes or foot. You could make the journey into a loop by returning to Bowness and Ambleside on the boat from Wray Castle or Bark Barn, or, refuel at the café at Wray Castle and re-trace your steps back to the Ferry.
We're working hard to re-open this 19th-century, popular tourist attraction. Back in the 1800s Claife Viewing Station was 'the' place to go in the Lake District. It's our aim to recreate part of the experience at this fascinating site and be re-open fully this summer.