Grounds

Family-friendly grounds

We’re ticking off some of our ’50 things’ stone skimming on Lake Windermere

We’re ticking off some of our ’50 things’ stone skimming on Lake Windermere

The grounds of Wray Castle are all informal so it's a relaxing place to visit with children and dogs (dogs on leads please).

The grounds lead down to rocky inlets on the shoreline and round to the gentler green slopes of High Wray Bay. It's a great place for children to play and use their imagination.

There is a footpath linking the jetty at the boathouse with the bridleway and minor road which runs from Ferry Landing to Wray so access into the adjoining countryside is easy if you want to go further.

Looking to camp nearby?

Low Wray campsite has a great outlook on the western shore of Lake Windermere. Pitch your own tent, or book a Camping Pod or Yurt for a change.

Now we've a footpath linking the castle with campsite too.

A circular walk from the castle

A low level walk with great views

A low level walk with great views

Wray Castle has lovely grounds but if you'd like to enjoy them and the surrounding countryside then we have put together a circular trail from the castle and around Blelham Tarn. This lovely low level walk gives great views of the mountains around.

50 things - helping kids get outside

Around the grounds our Rangers have put together (and tested!) ways for our younger visitors to tick off some of their 50 things.

Try out our improved bike trail

Wray Castle is one end of the much improved trail from Ferry Landing on Lake Windermere's western shore. Try it on foot or by bike; it's a great place for young cyclists to get confidence.

Follow our grounds and garden trail

Wray Castle estate signpost

The grounds of Wray Castle are packed with interesting things - including a tree said to be planted by William Wordsworth.

Our guide with map and Tree Trail is available from the castle shop £1.50.

A good path, thanks to volunteers

Lots of volunteers have helped make new paths

Thanks to lots of help from volunteers, especially groups, our lakeshore path is now complete. The path links the bridleway on the lakeshore to the Castle and runs beside the lake at High Wray Bay.

Try our digital Wray geocaching challenge

Join the digital treasure hunt

Join the digital treasure hunt

This is a family based series of Eight caches they are all medium sized and will hold swaps and TB’s, the final cache is a Puzzle, you will find the Co-ords for the Puzzle in two of the caches.

The caches are placed on a very interesting walk through rolling woodland leading to places not normally visited, with some of the best Lakeland Views, so take your camera.

They all are easy to find and close to the track, and two caches have the Co-ords for the final Puzzle, do check the inside cover of all the log books! Please record all DNF's and please take care not to damage the vegetation and carefully replace as found.

To get started just follow the link below, create a free login account and then search for 'Wray Castle' and the series is called 'Around Wray' numbered 1-8; you can download the geocaches directly to your GPS or to a mobile phone App.

We'd love you to share your adventure with us on our Facebook page; or tweet us #wraycastle or @NTsouthlakes.

Our own jetty

Conveniently situated a short walk from the castle, our own jetty in the grounds makes coming by boat very easy.

Catch the boat at Brockhole or Ambleside (Waterhead) and make the trip even more fun.

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