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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.
Upland footpath rangers came to lower levels for this repair job at Claife Station.
Our new improved track on Lake Windermere's western shore deserved a special re-opening.
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