Low Wray Campsite FAQs
Here are some answers to the most frequently asked questions about Low Wray Campsite.
Where is the nearest food shop?
We have a new, relocated shop in the centre of the campsite, combined with reception, where we sell all the basics such as milk, eggs and bread and also stock a small selection of local meats and specialities.
Ambleside is a 10 minute drive away and offers several small grocery stores, including a Spar (open 8am - 10pm every day) and Tesco Extra (6am - 11pm every day). Hawkshead also has a Co-op, a 10 minute drive away. The nearest large supermarket is Booths at Windermere (20 - 25 minute drive), behind the railway station.
Where is the nearest pub/restaurant?
There are two excellent country pubs with restaurant areas within a two-mile radius of the site. The Outgate Inn on the main B5286, can be reached on foot from the campsite (approx 45 minute walk along a bridlepath), or a five minute drive away.
The Drunken Duck Inn is a quaint and cosy inn which offers a more pricey menu (the restaurant has to be booked in advance). It is situated on the road which leads to Tarn Hows (approx 25 minute walk along the road) or five minutes in the car. Both Hawkshead and Ambleside offer extensive choices for eating out. Visit www.amblesideonline.co.uk for further information.
Where is the nearest bank?
The nearest bank with a cash machine is the Nat West in Ambleside. There is a cash machine at Tesco Extra in Ambleside and cashback facilities at the Spar in Ambleside and the Co-op in Hawkshead - which also has a Link cash machine.
Do you take bookings?
Yes, you can book online.
Do you accept dogs?
Well-behaved dogs are welcome at Low Wray campsite, for which we make a small charge. Dogs should be exercised away from other campers and any mess cleared up immediately.
Do you hire freeze packs?
We have limited space to freeze your own ice packs.
Do you exchange gas cylinders?
We sell a range of gas cylinders.
What's the weather forecast?
For up-to-date weather information, please telephone the Lake District Weatherline on 0844 846 2444 or visit www.bbc.co.uk/weather.
How safe is it to walk on the fells?
Please refer to the Lake District National Park Authority website for some useful guidelines on how to be safe whilst on the fells or alternatively, go to the Langdale and Ambleside Mountain Rescue Team website.
Where are some good walks for families?
There are countless walks starting from the campsite, which are suitable for families. There is an excellent easy track along the west shore of Windermere and some interesting tracks nearby leading over Claife Heights towards Sawrey (and the home of Beatrix Potter).
We sell maps and guidebooks in our shop and our staff are very happy to advise on local routes. For great family outdoor activities visit our Rangers’ Outdoor Experience website.
Where are some good mountain bike routes?
Low Wray is an excellent base if you wish to go mountain biking. There are some excellent tracks over Claife Heights and nearby Grizedale Forest which are accessible from the campsite. Check out www.mountain-bike-cumbria.co.uk for some good routes and the Lake District National Park Authority for some sound mountain biking advice. There are also some bike routes on our Rangers Outdoor Experience website.
Can we go fishing nearby?
Low Wray is an excellent base for fishing. All anglers require a rod license, available at Post Offices and Tourist Information Centres. You may fish on Windermere from the grounds of the campsite or launch your own boat. (Motor craft are not permitted in Low Wray Bay).
Just a short walk away is Blelham Tarn, a beautifully tranquil spot for which you require a permit to fish from the Windermere and District Angling Association (WADAA), available from The Tower Bank Arms at Sawrey (only two tickets per day can be issued) - tel: 015394 36334.
There are many other fishing locations nearby - including lakes, rivers and tarns. Further information is available from www.lakedistrictfishing.net. There is also trout fishing at nearby Esthwaite Water (permit available on site).
Where is the nearest town or village?
Low Wray is approximately 3 miles from Ambleside and approximately 3 miles from Hawkshead. Ambleside is the larger town and has much to offer in terms of shopping and eating out. It boasts a cinema and a museum (The Armitt Museum) and has a roman fort (Galava , NT). Hawkshead is a picturesque lakeland village with cobbled streets and offers family friendly pubs and quaint shops. You can visit the Beatrix Potter Gallery and our gift shop here. Further information about both villages can be found at www.amblesideonline.co.uk.
How far is it to Bowness on Windermere?
By car, there are three routes to Bowness. Either by road to Sawrey and then by ferry across the lake to Bowness (approximately six miles) or drive to Ambleside and then follow the A591 to Windermere, turn right at the mini roundabout to Bowness (approx 10 miles but no waiting time for the ferry). Alternatively, you could drive to Waterhead at the northern tip of the lake and catch a steamer to Bowness (30 minute cruise - visit www.windermere-lakecruises.co.uk for a timetable).
Where is the nearest bus stop?
There is a bus stop at the campsite entrance for the Cross Lakes Experience service. See Cross Lakes information leaflet for further details.
Do you accept trailer tents/caravans/campervans?
You can bring your tents and campervans (please note that there is no hook up or chemical disposal facility). We can accomodate trailer tents but they have to be manhandled on to the pitch. The maximum size campervan we can accept is 6m long and 2m wide. Unfortunately, we cannot accept caravans.
Do you have laundry facilities?
A laundry and small drying room are available on site. Machines are coin operated - washer £3, dryer £2.
What places are there to visit nearby?
We have many properties within easy driving distance, such as Hill Top, The Beatrix Potter Gallery and Steam Yacht Gondola on Coniston Water. There are countless other attractions nearby. For more information, visit www.golakes.co.uk.
Do you take credit card payments?
Yes, we accept most credit and debit cards (with the exception of American Express).
Which is the nearest lake?
Low Wray campsite is situated right on the west shore of Windermere, England's largest lake. The site is also a short drive to many other lakes and tarns such as Grasmere, Rydal Water and Coniston Water.
Are you open all year round?
Low Wray campsite normally opens just before the Easter holidays and closes at the end of October. If you wish to camp in the area outside of these months, please check our Great Langdale and Wasdale campsites which are open all year round.
I am staying in a pod, what do I need to bring?
Think of the pod as a replacement for your tent. You will need everything you would bring for your tent, apart from the tent itself.
Can I have a fire or barbecue?We don't allow fires, but you are welcome to use a barbecue as long as it is above ground.
Can under 18s stay at the site?
Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.
Do I have to pay for the showers?
Use of showers is included in your pitch fee.
Can I park my car by my tent?
Ample parking is provided away from the tents, but close enough so you won’t have to struggle too far with all your gear.