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Notice: Access to Claife Viewing Station is limited at the moment as building work is carried out to partly restore this Victorian ruin. You can still enjoy the footpaths in the Claife area but work on the Viewing Station will continue until Spring 2015.

Classic south Lakeland countryside with views of the fells and lakes

Hawkshead village, home to the Beatrix Potter Gallery, is surrounded by beautiful scenery, including Windermere lakeshore.

North of the village is the Courthouse, dating from the 15th century, all that remains of the estate once held by Furness Abbey. Wray Castle offers year round access to the grounds and the castle itself is open to visitors (check our Wray Castle page for opening details and to learn more about what to see and do there). Claife Viewing Station gives a fascinating glimpse from the early days of tourism, although it is today a romantic ruin overlooking the lake.

For the more energetic the area offers walking and biking routes for all abilities; check out our new improved lakeshore track from Ferry Landing to Wray Castle.


Moving a mountain

This really shows you how many hands, and some power barrows, can make light work! One of our regular volunteer groups, Littledale Hall, took on the task of moving 20 tonnes of stone from its delivery location, up the hill, to Claife Viewing Station, as part of the restoration work taking place there.

Things to see...

inside or outside, it's your choice

If it's your first time visiting this area, you might want some help deciding what to do, so we've put together a guide to our places to visit for you.

We think we've got something for everyone in the Coniston and Hawkshead area...from sailing and cycling to castles and culture - enjoy!

See our guide (external link)

Walk on the west side

Enjoy the sounds, sights and smells of autumn with a Great British Walk. The west shore of Windermere is the perfect place for a gentle autumn stroll, with the lake on one side and the woods of Claife on the other, this hidden part of the lakes is a must visit.

Claife Viewing Station

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 on Lake Windermere. It's our aim to recreate part of the experience at this fascinating site.

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