Walk this Wray

Windermere seen from the grounds at Wray Castle, Cumbria

You’re spoilt for choice for beautiful footpaths and trails to follow to get to the castle.

Walk the west shore

From the south, follow the well surfaced, lakeshore track from the ferry and Claife Viewing Station (approx. 4 miles). This makes a great day out, with cafes at both ends and plenty of National Trust parking around Claife Viewing Station. A classic castle loop is to walk here and get the boat back! 

Coming from Ambleside 

From the north, off road paths exist for the majority of the route, signed Bowness via Ferry, look out for the blue signs.

Coming from Hawkshead 

There’s a new bridleway from Hawkshead village to the castle (approx. 3 miles), with exquisite views of the higher lakeland fells in a quiet area of the lake district, which is becoming a popular route. Rambling off road, past pretty tarns and arriving at the castle, this route has pretty much everything you need! 

Family walking near Wray Castle on the west shore of Windermere, Cumbria.

Windermere west shore walk 

A wonderful linear low-level lakeshore walk, through woodland and parkland, featuring great views of the islands, woodland archaeology and the Victorian Gothic Wray Castle.

Family walking in Wray Castle grounds, Cumbria

Wray Castle to Blelham Tarn circular walk 

An interesting circular walk from Wray Castle taking in Blelham Tarn and returning via Lake Windermere shoreline. From the Ice Age to the Iron Age, medieval monks to Victorian visionaries, this walk combines tranquil beauty, great views and fascinating stories from the past.