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Viewpoint/Beauty Spot, free entry

Claife Viewing Station

Claife Viewing Station


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.

From here you can discover the mystical heights of Claife Viewing Station and learn about its colourful history.
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.

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 Wray Castle and re-trace your steps back to the ferry.

Opening details

Open all year round.


Free entry


  • National Trust PropertyNational Trust Property
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted

Toilets located a short walk from the Viewing Station next to Ferry landing.

Also at this Venue


Near Far Sawrey,
LA22 0LR


Plan route to Claife Viewing Station using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: SD 384950  Lat: 54.35135 Long: -2.94154

By car: Junction 36 off M6, then take A684 which becomes the A591 to Windermere and Ambleside. B5285 from Windermere via Windermere ferry 3 miles. B5286 and B5285 from Ambleside 9 miles. B5285 from Coniston 8 miles.
Parking: Ash Landing, very near Claife Viewing Station and Harrowslack, on Windermere's west shore.

By ferry:
Windermere car and passenger ferry; Ferry House to Ferry Nab, just four minutes walk to Claife Viewing Station.

On foot:
Come over from Bowness as a foot passenger on the Windermere ferry. Many footpaths in the area; walk from Hill Top, Near Sawrey or down the west shore path from Wray Castle.

By bike:
4 mile lakeshore track suitable for mountain bikes from Wray Castle to Claife Viewing Station. You can take your bike on the ferry across Windermere or on the Bike Boat from Brockhole, in the summer.

By bus:
Get the cross Lakes shuttle from Windermere train station, via Claife Viewing Station to Hawkshead.

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 3 miles from Windermere (via ferry) station

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details


  • YesDesignated parking for guests with disabilities
  • The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
    • Yesis gravel
  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesHas steps and no ramp


  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • Restaurant / cafe provide meals for visitors with special dietary requirements:
    • YesGluten free (coeliacs)
    • YesVegetarian
  • YesSeating suitable for wheelchair users, ie moveable and good height for person sitting in a wheelchair
  • YesHigh chairs for children
  • YesChildren's menu


  • YesSteps to the main entrance
    • Steep incline plus step
      Number of steps to entrance


  • YesSeating available for visitors with limited mobility


Further details can be found on the accessibility statement on the National Trust website: and access

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