Wray Castle to Latterbarrow Circular Walk

Walking trail

Famous Lakes fellwalker Alfred Wainwright, described Latterbarrow as "a circular walk needing little effort yet yielding much delight". Finished off with a cake and coffee at Wray Castle, we think this loop is hard to beat.

Stone cairn on top of Latterbarrow hill, Lake District


Map route for walk from Wray Castle to Latterbarrow loop


Wray Castle Car Park


From the Wray Castle car park follow signs south for the Lakeshore path. Go through the gate near the adventure play area and follow the path down to the lake. Follow the path along the lakeshore round the bay and past a stone boathouse.


Go through the gate onto the Red Nab bridleway and turn left following signs for Bark Barn. After 50 metres or so take the footpath off to the right, signposted Claife and High Wray, climbing up through 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 compound. At the first corner after the gate, go straight on following signs for the footpath.


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.


Don't look behind you yet! Keep climbing until you reach the Stone pillar 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 continuing in the same direction you summited from. At the bottom of the hill turn right and follow the footpath alongside the wall signposted Hawkshead, crossing the stream along the way.


Once at the road, turn left, then right 50m later down the lane towards Loanthwaite. Continue along this lane for 800m.


Turn right off the road onto a public footpath signposted High Tock How, along a farm track and into the fields. Cross three fields before crossing the stream, following the footpath diagonally across the next field. Go through the kissing gate and down the track to the right of the farm, following signposts for Wray Castle. Once at the road, turn left down the lane.


50m later, at the corner, go straight on past the cottages on the footpath signposted for Wray Castle. The view of Blelham tarn opens up below you, with the fells of the Fairfield horseshoe and Red Screes off in the distance above Ambleside.

View of Blelham Tarn with the Fairfield Horse Shoe and Red Screes in the background


Keep following the footpath through the fields, over styles, through kissing gates and across a foot bridge. As the fields turn into woodland, have a closer look at the trees in this area and all the lichen that grows on them.

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Close up of lichen growing on a tree branch


At the road turn left and walk the short distance back to Wray Castle's Gatehouse. Finish by walking down the drive enjoying the magnificent parkland views, back to the castle. Head straight to the café for a well earned piece of cake.

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Wray Church


Wray Castle

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Wray Castle to Latterbarrow Circular Walk

How to get here

Wray Castle Low Wray Ambleside Cumbria LA22 0JA
By train

The closest train station is Windermere, linked to Oxenholme station on main west coast line. Bus connection to Hawkshead via Ambleside Stagecoach 505/506.

By road

4 miles from Ambleside via A593 and then B5286 towards Hawskhead, halfway between Skelwith Fold and Outgate turn left when signposted to Low Wray Campsite and Wray Castle.

By foot

4 miles walk from Ambleside using off road footpaths.

By ferry

Windermere Lake Cruises run a launch to the Wray Castle boathouse from Easter to End of Oct. Check their website for details.

By bus

Stagecoach in Cumbria 505 from Kendal to Coniston via Hawskhead, get off 1 mile south of Skelwith Fold stop, signed Wray Castle. 1 mile walk to the castle from here.

By bicycle

4 miles from Ambleside ( Kendal/Keswick cycle route) via A593 and then B5286 turn left when signposted to Low Wray Campsite and Wray Castle.

Wray Castle to Latterbarrow Circular Walk

Facilities and access

  • Toilets
  • Cafe
  • Car park
  • Outdoor Play Area