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Cafe in the Courtyard

Cafe in the Courtyard


Situated beneath the Viewing Station, the Café in the Courtyard is run by tenants and local foodies The Lakes Catering Company Ltd. Their food is sourced locally and of the highest quality. The brioche and bread is supplied by Grange Bakery, the meat comes from a local butcher Althams, Appleby dairy supply the cheeses which are delivered by a local milkman from Town End dairy. The chutneys are from Hawkshead Relish and Lancashire crisps from Fiddlers (unfortunately we don't make crisps in Cumbria!), and English Lakes supply our ice cream. The award winning coffee is supplied by Carvetii which is roasted in Cockermouth. The blended loose leaf teas are supplied by New Leaf Tea in Far Sawrey, with a NEW Lakeland Sunrise tea. The cakes, tray bakes, scones, soup and pies are supplied by The Lakes Catering Company Ltd themselves who are proud to support local artisans.


  • National Trust PropertyNational Trust Property
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • Picnic sitePicnic site

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

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The Lakes Catering Company Ltd


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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