Claife Viewing Station and Windermere West Shore

Colourful Viewing Station with endless lake views and waterside paths

Claife Viewing Station and Windermere West Shore

Things to see and do

Two women walk their dog in early autumn at Tarn Hows

Planning your visit to the Lake District  

Get the best out of your visit to the Lake District by planning ahead. We've pulled together the tools, tips and guidance to help you make the most out of your trip and help us look after the Lake District. Find a car park, understand where you can and cannot stay overnight and get tips for ways to stay safe in the Lakes.

A couple and their dog at Claife Viewing station in autumn

A dog-friendly day out at Claife Viewing Station and on the west shore of Windermere 

Four-legged friends are welcome on the west shore of Windermere.

Claife Viewing Station and Windermere West Shore

Eating

Takeaway coffee at Waddesdon, A Rothschild House & Gardens in Buckinghamshire

Joey's Cafe at Claife  

Joey's café at Claife is a hidden gem on the west shore of Windermere. The cottage in the courtyard has been an office, a home and a Victorian tea garden. But it is now open as a cosy rest stop before you walk up to Claife Viewing Station or set out on the longer stretch along the west shore.

Claife Viewing Station and Windermere West Shore

History

The view onto Windermere from Claife Viewing Station

Claife Viewing Station 

Walk in the footsteps of the original tourists to the Lake District and ponder at the concept of a purpose built monument to view the landscape of Lake Windermere.

Claife Viewing Station and Windermere West Shore

Our work

Cows relaxing on Windermere lakeshore

Grazing for nature

Have you ever come across a cow on a footpath and wondered why they're there? Find out more about the important role cattle are playing to help look after wildlife habitats.

Claife Viewing Station and Windermere West Shore

Places to stay