Claife Viewing Station to Wray Castle Cycle trail

Cycling trail

This gently undulating track between Claife Viewing Station and Wray Castle is suitable for people of all ages. The route hugs the west shore of Lake Windermere and provides wonderful views across the lake, as well as have exciting National Trust properties to visit at either end.

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Claife to Wray Castle cycle route


Claife Viewing Station


Before you start, take time to walk up to Claife Viewing Station for wonderful views across the lake.

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Claife Viewing Station


From the entrance to Claife Viewing Station head north on the road along the shore of Lake Windermere signed for Bank Barn / Wray Castle. The initial part of the trail has open views across Windermere, its islands and the distant summits of Ill Bell and Frostwick.



After a short while you'll pass over a cattle grid where the road turns into a wide gravel track. The trail leaves behind the open views across Windermere and enters mature woodland.



On reaching Bank Barn, ignore the track left signed to Hawkshead and continue on towards Red Nab. You will soon arrive at Red Nab car park. Ignore the road running uphill and head on through the car park and along the lakeshore. You'll eventually reach a small bay with a couple of boathouses and you'll pass through a gate where the trail turns to the left. Head on uphill signed towards Wray Church.

Wray Church


Just past the church you will reach a road. Turn right and then right again through the entrance gates to Wray Castle. Continue along the driveway to the castle.

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The font of Wray Castle in the summer sun, Ambleside Cumbria


After resting for a while at Wray Castle, turn around and retrace your route back to your start point at Claife Viewing Station.


Claife Viewing Station

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Claife Viewing Station to Wray Castle Cycle trail


Gently undulating gravel track with 3 or 4 short but slightly steeper sections along the way.

Claife Viewing Station to Wray Castle Cycle trail

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Claife Viewing Station to Wray Castle Cycle trail

How to get here

Claife Viewing Station Beside the Ferry on Windermere's west shore near Far Sawrey Hawkshead Cumbria
By road

Junction 36 off M6, then take A684 which becomes the A591 to Windermere and Ambleside. B5285 from Windermere via Windermere ferry 3 miles. B5286 and B5285 from Ambleside 9 miles. B5285 from Coniston 8 miles. Park at Ash Landing, 100 metres from Claife Viewing Station.

Parking: National trust car parks are located close to Claife Viewing Station at Ash Landing, and Harrowslack, on Windermere's west shore.

By ferry

Take the Windermere car and passenger ferry from the east side of Windermere at Ferry House to Ferry Nab on the west, just a minute' ride from Claife Viewing Station.

Claife Viewing Station to Wray Castle Cycle trail

Facilities and access

  • Cafés at Claife Viewing Station and Wray Castle (Apr - Oct)
  • Toilets located next to the Ferry Landing and at Wray Castle (Apr - Oct)