Claife Viewing Station and Windermere West Shore

Important notice -

Please be aware that there are reports of blue green algae on Windermere. Stay safe by avoiding swimming or letting your dog into the water - the algae is particularly harmful to dogs.

Colourful Viewing Station with endless lake views and waterside paths

Claife Viewing Station and Windermere West Shore

Things to see and do 

Two ladies walking with dogs at Claife Viewng Station

A dog friendly day out 

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

Claife Viewing Station and Windermere West Shore

What's on

A beautiful hay meadow at Hill Top farm, Near Sawrey

Celebrating the Lake District's hay meadows 

Find out more about the unique hay meadow habitat in the Lake District.

Upcoming events

Nature discovery trail

Mon 20 Aug 2018
10:00-14:30
Get hands on with our new nature discovery trail. You'll get the chance to try bark rubbing, mini beast hunting and animal tracking.
Claife Viewing Station and Windermere West Shore

Eating

Scones for sale at a National Trust café

The café in the courtyard 

The cosy café in the courtyard is open every day 11am-3pm.

Claife Viewing Station and Windermere West Shore

History

View of snow covered hills, looking north from Claife Viewing Station, Cumbria

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

South Lakes ranger putting in new bench on shore of Windermere, Cumbria

See what we've been getting up to 

Our Rangers work hard to care for the landscape around Claife Viewing Station and Windermere West Shore. Take a look at how they're improving the countryside; and if you see them on a walk - say hello!

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An introduction to the Lake District World Heritage Site 

The Lake District was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in early July 2017. It is now part of a special family of iconic places across the planet, like the Taj Mahal, Machu Picchu, Easter Island, the Barrier Reef, the Grand Canyon and many other world famous locations.

Claife Viewing Station and Windermere West Shore

Places to stay

The lakeshore at Low Wray Campsite

Places to stay on Windermere's west shore 

Enjoy lakeside living on the quieter west shore of Lake Windermere.