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Claife Viewing Station

Claife Viewing Station


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.

National Trust PropertyOn-site cateringPicnic sitePublic toiletsAccepts groups

Children welcomeDogs accepted

Opening Details

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


Free entry


National Trust at Boon Crag

015394 41456


Far Sawrey,
LA22 0LW



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

Map reference: SD 384950  Lat: 54.34759 Long: -2.94883

The entrance to Claifew Viewing Station is 200 yards from the ferry landing on the west shore of Windermere.

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 3 miles from Windermere station


  • National Trust PropertyNational Trust Property
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details


  • YesDesignated parking for guests with disabilities
  • YesDrop-off point for guests outside entrance
  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesHas steps and no ramp


  • Restaurant / cafe provide meals for visitors with special dietary requirements:
    • YesGluten free (coeliacs)
    • YesNut free
    • YesVegetarian


  • Claife Viewing Station, although there is a café and covered seating area as part of the site, is largely an outdoors site.


  • YesSteps to the main entrance
    • 1
      Number of steps to entrance


  • YesSeating available for visitors with limited mobility
  • YesClear signage
  • YesEffective lighting for visually impaired visitors
  • YesDisplays at suitable height for wheelchair users / children

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