Total steps: 12
Total steps: 12
Wray Castle car park
From the back of Wray car park, follow the signs down to Windermere Lake shore. Keeping the lake on your left, follow the shoreline, past the large boathouse until you reach a gate. Take the lake shore path to the left.
After 50m go through the small gate on the right. Follow the footpath up the fields.
Cross the gated stone stile at the top of the fields, following the path round to the right and onto the road. Turn left and walk along the road past the junction.
Turn left up the track signposted High Wray Basecamp. After 300m, take the right-hand fork and go through the gate into the Claife Forestry Commission land. At the first corner after the gate, take the signed footpath on the right into the woodland.
Follow the single-track footpath as it winds its way through the woods, crossing a stream and climbing up out of the woodland onto the scrubland of Latterbarrow.
Keep climbing until you reach the stone cairn marking the summit of Latterbarrow, 244m above sea level. Take time to soak up the panoramic views. See if you can spot the sea to the south.
Continue straight over the summit in the same direction you reached it from. At the bottom of the hill, turn right and follow the footpath along the wall on your left, crossing the stream along the way.
Once at the road, turn left, then right 50m further down the lane towards Loanthwaite. Continue along the lane for 800m.
Turn right off the road onto a public footpath signed High Tock How. Follow the farm track into the fields. Go over several fields before crossing the stream. Pass over a stile. Keep Latterbarrow and the farm buildings to your right. On reaching the field wall follow the path up to the right into the farmyard area.
On the other side of the farmyard a road forks. Go left towards the cottages and a signposted footpath past Hole House towards Wray church. Here the view of Blelham Tarn opens up below you, with the fells of Fairfield Horseshoe and Red Screes in the distance above Ambleside.
Follow the footpath through the fields, over stiles, through gates and over a footbridge. At the wooded knoll bear left along the path to the road.
Turn left onto the road, taking care with traffic on the corner. After the vicarage (once the home of Hardwicke Rawnsley, one of the founders of The National Trust) enter the church car park. A gate in the metal fence leads into Wray Castle grounds. Follow this old, grassed over, carriage drive back to the walled garden and up to the castle, café and toilets.
Wray car park
This route is on countryside footpaths, tracks and bridleways, through fields and woodland and along sections of road. There are climbs, including to the summit of Latterbarrow, and descents.
Wray Castle, Low Wray, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 0JA
The closest train station is Windermere, linked to Oxenholme station on the main west coast line. You can take the Ambleside Stagecoach buses 505 or 506 to Hawkshead from the station.
Wray parkland and castle is a 4-mile walk from Ambleside via off-road footpaths.
The Windermere car ferry is now running a daily limited service. Please check before travelling.
Windermere Lake Cruises run a launch to the Wray boathouse from Easter to the end of October. Check their website for details.
Four miles on an off-road cycle path from Ambleside (the Kendal/Keswick cycle route), via the A593 and then the B5286, signed Bowness via Ferry. Turn left at the signpost to Low Wray Campsite and Wray.
From the south and Bowness (via Ferry) take the B5285 through Hawkshead where it becomes the B5286. After 2.5 miles, take the right turn to Wray parkland and castle.
From the north and Ambleside, take the A593 to Clappersgate, then the B5286 signed to Hawkshead. After 2.5 miles, take the left turn to Wray parkland and castle.
Postcode for satnav: LA22 0JA.
The route starts and ends at Wray car park.
There are toilets at Wray.
There is a café at Wray.
The walk involves some relatively gentle but long climbs – including to the summit of Latterbarrow, 244m above sea level – as well as descents. There are several stiles and kissing gates.
There is designated blue badge parking at Wray.
There are accessible toilets at Wray.
Discover fascinating stories from the past and enjoy some great views on a circular walk from Wray to Blelham Tarn that also takes in the Windermere shoreline.
Discover the miles of paths, lakeshore and parkland history at Wray, and learn the history of this fascinating estate. Pick up a map and leaflet in JOEY's Cafe.
Discover Wray's church-like interiors and visit the photography exhibition.
Need some refreshment during your visit to Wray? Our partners at JOEY's Café offer a wide range of snacks and drinks to help you refuel before or after your adventures.
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