Explore the west shore

Cyclists on the west shore track, Windermere, Cumbria

The beautiful west shore of Windermere is the perfect place for a gentle stroll, or bike ride. With the lake on one side and the woods of Claife on the other, this hidden part of the lakes is a must visit.

The undulating, well surfaced path winds its way up the lake shore, taking you to a part of the Lakes that is less well known to visitors.

As you pass Bark Barn and other signs of the woodland industry that once dominated this side of Windermere, you’ll start to uncover layers of history that make this part of the south lakes so special.

Keep going

If you‘re up for a longer walk you can keep going along the full length of the west shore path. At the northern end of the 4 mile route, you will arrive at Wray Castle. Here you will find lots of activities for children, inside and out, and if you’d like to learn more about this mock Gothic castle, join a guided tour.

Leave the car at home

Although there are two National Trust car parks here, at Harrowslack and Ash Landing, we recommend arriving at the west shore on the ferry, from Bowness. It’s only 50p each as a foot passenger and a fun start to your day out. Leave the busy streets of Bowness behind and in less than ten minutes you’ll be on the quieter west shore.

If you want to cover more miles, bring your bikes and explore the west shore off road. Claife Heights are full of mountain bike routes or for the more leisurely cyclist, stick to the lake shore path. In the summer you can bring your bike over on the Bike Boat from Brockhole.

This service makes it really easy to have a green day out, whilst taking in the best bits of Windermere – on land and on the water.

A tasty start and finish

Now with our café in the Claife courtyard and a café at Wray Castle, you can treat yourself to a cake at the beginning and the end of your journey. After all those miles and fresh Lakes air – you’ll have earned it.