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 estate on the other, this hidden part of the Lakes is a must see.

The well surfaced path hugs the lake shore, taking you to an area that is less well known to visitors.

You’ll pass many signs of woodland industry that once dominated this side of Windermere and you can start to uncover layers of history that make this part of the country 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’ll arrive at Wray Castle. Here you’ll find rooms for family adventures and interactive spaces for adults to connect with the castle’s story. Join a talk or tour to learn more about this quirky Gothic Revival castle.

Leave the car at home

Although there are two National Trust car parks here, at Harrowslack and Ash Landing, we recommend arriving on the ferry from Bowness. In less than 15 minutes you can leave the crowds behind, and for just 50p as a foot passenger it’s a fun start to your day out.

If you want to cover more miles, bring your bike and explore the west shore off road. Claife Heights is 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.

A tasty start and finish

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