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Discover the mystical heights of Claife Viewing Station and learn about its colourful history. Visitors to the Lakes have been coming here since the Georgian times, to 'take in' the view. The Station courtyard is perfect for picnics followed by a gentle wander up the slope where you'll be rewarded with panoramic views of Windermere, at the top.
The western shore of Windermere is perfect for a car-free adventure for all the family. Why not travel over on the ferry from Bowness? In less than 15 minutes you'll leave the busy eastern shore behind you and arrive at the naturally beautiful west shore.
Claife Viewing Station is also the best place to set out on the 4-mile lake shore track, that leads you north towards Wray Castle. This gentle, linear route is great for exploring on bikes or foot. You could make the journey into a loop by returning to Bowness and Ambleside on the boat from Wray Castle or Bark Barn, or, refuel at the café at Wray Castle and re-trace your steps back to the Ferry.
Open all the time
Claife is open all day everyday and is free to access. Café in the courtyard open most days of the year, 10am - 5pm
- National Trust Property
- On-site catering
- Picnic site
- Public toilets
- Accepts groups
- Children welcome
- Dogs accepted
Self-Assessed Accessibility Details
- Designated parking for guests with disabilities
- Drop-off point for guests outside entrance
- The route from the parking area to the entrance:
- Has steps and no ramp
- Restaurant / cafe provide meals for visitors with special dietary requirements:
- Gluten free (coeliacs)
- Nut free
Claife Viewing Station, although there is a café and covered seating area as part of the site, is largely an outdoors site.
- Steps to the main entrance
- 1Number of steps to entrance
- Seating available for visitors with limited mobility
- Clear signage
- Effective lighting for visually impaired visitors
- Displays at suitable height for wheelchair users / children