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Enjoying the western shore cycle way.

Enjoying the western shore cycle way.

Ride by Esthwaite Water, one of the smallest lakes in the Lake District, and Windermere which is the largest. Take in the views of the high fells across Windermere on a traffic – free path by the lake shore to Wray Castle.

Route Information

Time/Effort 1 out of 5
Navigation 1 out of 5
Technicality 2 out of 5
OS map Landranger 90 & 97, OS Explorer OL7
Toilets Hawkshead- Wray Castle
Refreshments Hawkshead,Ice cream at Windermere Ferry,seasonal cafe at Wray Castle, Pubs in Sawrey.

Route Essentials

Cycle Route: Hawkshead-Cunsey-Sawrey-Wray Castle-High Wray-Hawkshead

Duration: 1.5-3 hours

Miles: 12

Route Details



From Hawkshead Post Office in the centre of the village, head South past the Sun Inn to a T- Junction. Go straight on signed Newby Bridge.

Just before the start of a steep hill turn Left, go through a gaet onto a Bridleway signed ‘Cunsey.’ Go through the woods and a shallow ford and alongside Cunsey Beck. Where the track divides go left.

Turn left onto a surfaced road, follow this road through Cunsey. Bear left signed ‘Sawrey.’

Turn right in Far Sawrey (or turn left for Beatrix Potter’s Hilltop, then retrace), and descend to the lake shore

Where the main road bears right, go straight ahead, signed ‘The Lake Shore’. Continue by the Lake shore onto a well-surfaced track. Bear right at red nab car park, signed ‘Wray Castle’. The track eventually climbs away from the lake to meet a road, with Wray Castle on the right.

Turn left to High Wray and then Colthouse. Turn right, signed ‘Hawkshead’ to return to Hawkshead.

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