If you love hiking and the outdoors then camping in the Lake District is a perfect trip for you. Situated up north in Cumbria it covers a huge area so it’s impossible to cover it all in a weekend.
There are many places that you can base yourself for your holiday. The area is full of cute little guest houses, cottages and B&Bs. However, I am a fan of camping and enjoying nature as close as I can. Low Wray campsite overlooked Lake Windermere, the longest lake in England, over 10.5 miles long so plenty of camping space for everyone, with awesome views!
Low Wray campsite in the Lake District
Low Wray Campsite is on the north shore of Lake Windermere and is a National Trust campsite. A bit more expensive, but you definitely get what you pay for with great views and facilities.
Camping or glampinG options
- Camping (small, medium & large pitches)
- Safari Tents
- Berber tent
- Pods (family & standard)
Low Wray Campsite facilities
- Drying room
- Toilets & hot showers
- Reception & shop
- Bike Hire
- Wood burner pizza oven
Becky’s Camping Tips
- Remember you’re in the UK, it still gets cold at night. Don’t forget your warm clothes!
- Fires and BBQs are allowed if off the ground. (I would recommend marshmallows too!)
What to do in the Lake District?
I love my hiking as you can probably tell from my earlier posts. And I am not shy about climbing the odd mountain or two whilst on my travels. There are some stunning mountains in the Lake District, including Scafell Pike (978m), the highest mountain in England. One day I will actually climb it…. watch this space! Update – reached the top in September 2017, yippee! Instagram evidence here!
These below activities are relevant for both hikers and non-hikers. I have included a mix of shorter walks and activities to suit all abilities visiting the gorgeous Lake District.
More of my hiking trips here Hiking adventures
hike Red ScreeS (776m)
Red Screes starts steeply almost immediately. On leaving the car park the path takes you up rocks, made into natural steps. Looking left as you climb you can see Lake Windermere in the distance.
The path up Red Screes then takes you up a section which you have to scramble upwards, worth keeping your hands free to help pull you up. Then it flattens out slightly before another steeper section. Turning the corner the summit is in sight. There’s a trig point at the top and the views are 360 degrees of beauty (well as long as the weather is good!)
Parking – Kirkstone Inn (donations to support the upkeep of the Lake District). They do great food here for after your walk!
Timing – 2 hours to 2 hours 30 mins.
Equipment – Walking boots highly recommended, plus waterproof gear as the weather can change quickly. Also a flask of something hot as it’s flipping cold at the top!
I love my ‘Sigg Hot and Cold One 0.5l‘**. Perfect for my favourite peppermint tea as it includes a filter too.
White Moss Walks in the Lake District
I came across this walk by accident, whilst driving the road between Ambleside and Grasmere (one road). The sign intrigued me so I created a mini detour to our original plan, but hey that’s all part of the fun.
Follow the path through the beautiful woods, in Spring the ground is covered with bluebells.
After leaving the woods the lower path takes you alongside Rydal Water; whereas the upper path leads you to Rydal Caves. You can easily take one path on the way there and the other on the way back.
There are two caves you can explore, one which involves a bit of climbing. Inside it’s pretty damp, proper shoes recommended otherwise you will get wet feet (I was wearing sandals – bad decision!!).
The second cave is more explorer-friendly with big stepping stones. And the view back out looks pretty cool with the sun shining back in.
Parking – Car registration recognition (no tickets required). Pay on departure.
Timing – 2 hours to 2 hours 30 mins.
Equipment – Walking boots not required. I would always take waterproof gear as there’s no shelter.
Low Wray campsite to Ambleside
From our campsite, it’s a 4-mile walk into Ambleside. The path takes you through a wooded area which is full of bluebells during the Spring. And there’s various wildlife to spot on the way, from sheep, cows to herons.
Ambleside is full of little cafes, guest houses and gift shops so plenty of places to treat yourself or your friends and family! We stopped at a lovely little cafe ‘Lucy’s of Ambleside’ for some cake and hot chocolate. (Check prices first, I think this is the most expensive cake I have ever had – £5.95!)
Timing – 1 hour 30 mins to 2 hours (each way).
Equipment – Walking boots not required. I would always take waterproof gear as no shelter on the walk.
Wray Castle (near Low Wray campsite)
Another benefit of camping in the Lake District and in particular Low Wray campsite was another beautiful walk. This takes you straight out the campsite to Wray Castle. It’s a very short walk, although can take longer as you are easily distracted walking alongside the lake. Also, a National Trust site which you can now visit inside, prices below.
The grounds are also really interesting to explore, including the boathouse
Timing – 20-30 mins (each way).
Equipment – Walking boots not required.
Entry prices – Adult £9-10, Child £4.50-5, Family option £22.50-25.*
*Prices correct at time of writing.
Grasmere Village + gingerbread
The last place that is worth a visit is the lovely village of Grasmere. Slightly smaller than Ambleside but still has all your gift shop and cafe needs after a walk. This is also where you will find the famous poet William Wordsworth graves and if you time it right ‘The Wordsworth Daffodil Garden’ (early spring).
“I wander’d lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host of golden daffodils…” William Wordsworth
And one last place you must visit before leaving Grasmere is ‘Sarah Nelson’s Grasmere Gingerbread‘ shop. It’s the most delicious gingerbread I have ever tasted. And the only place in the world you can buy it from.
Hopefully, now I have tempted you enough to add camping in the Lake District onto your bucket list for places to visit in the UK.
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