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“Great location” 4 of 5 stars
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Low Wray, Ambleside LA22 0JA, England   |  
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Glengarry, Australia
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17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Great location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

We camped at Low Wray for six nights during what felt like the hottest, driest week of the year! We were so very thankful for our lakeside pitch, as the cooling water was just metres away. However, also glad we weren't camped right by the water, as the constant foot traffic right outside our tent would have driven me crazy.
The toilet/shower block was fine - what you'd expect from such a campsite. The shop was very handy for fresh milk each morning and cold ice creams in the evening. The few staff members we spoke with were all very polite and helpful.
The campsite was swamped over the weekend we were there, so I'm very glad we were camping in the lakeside area where pitches are limited. Tents were packed into the field in front of the office and spilling into the neighbouring field. Unfortunately this meant finding a car park anywhere near our pitch suddenly became quite difficult. One afternoon we returned to Low Wray and had to park back up near the entrance and walk in.
Apart from this lack of parking and two day crowd, it's a lovely campsite and we would definitely stay there again.
My only complaint is regarding the number of dogs which were allowed to run around. The campsite rules clearly state that dogs must be on a leash at all times. Many owners didn't bother with this, which meant we had strange dogs constantly running up to us and our young son. We also witnessed a couple of dogs fouling the campground when their owners weren't looking. The owners seemed to believe if they didn't see it, they didn't have to clean it up. I made a point of telling one owner who's dog fouled next to the toilet block, when she was inside, letting her dog run loose.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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lols-2007
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

I love this campsite and would return.
The main factor for us was the lakeside location. Weather was brilliant so my kids swam most of the time we were there.
Toilets/showers clean and shop reasonably priced.
Negatives
Arrived early as website is not clear about check in time. Met by an Australian member of staff who firstly told us we needed to wait another two hours (with a 3 &5 hear old) although her colleague had just confirmed our booking. I asked her to see if our pitch was free, which she unwillingly did. The walk from reception to the pitch I was repeatedly told that its unlikely ill get on now and that there's no way I'd seen that we could check in before 3.
Very obnoxious member of staff and argumentative. I think she needs training in customer relations.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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in the north
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16 reviews 16 reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

We stayed on the lovely site for 5 nights.

Positive points:

Very clean loos and showers, good little shop, pitches are ( usually) spread out well and wonderful views( if you pay for the luxury)

Negative points:

Slightly officious female Aussie(?) member of staff who told us that "you can't just pitch anywhere you know,you have to be exactly on top of the number marker " - The reception staff had not told us this piece of information on arrival 15 minutes earlier. This is the most we have EVER paid to use a campsite- £207 for 5 nights( 2 adults and 2 children)

Room Tip: Pitch 228 had a good view - the tent in front of us had a slightly one!
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Kilwinning, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013

We booked this site last minute, as it was the only place we could get booked at short notice. Glad we did. This is a lovely site next to the lake. We had a woodland pitch 214, it was a good pitch, although slightly uneven. We had our tent, pop up and a crate for the dog, there was plenty of room around and far enought away from our closest neighbours. Car was parked next to us in carpark, but very little room for cars and very crowded at times. Pitch is up a small hill from Lake where we spent a lovely day on a blow up boat, swimming and watching a couple of swans with their baby! It is a beautiful place just to sit and relax, helped by the georgeous weather....
Pitch is a wee bit away from toilet block. We took a walk to the other side and visited the lakeside pitches, very nice also. Pitches next to shop dont offer much in the way of privacy.
Would return, but think it is very expensive for what you get, obviously you are paying for location location location!!!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Bradford, United Kingdom
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24 hotel reviews
Reviews in 35 cities Reviews in 35 cities
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

This campsite has a great location. Some pitches can be right on the lakeside. If you get the weather then im sure it takes some beating locationwise.
However it is not cheap. The national trust have taken full advantage and bumped the price right up. My family and i hired two lakeside pitches and my sister took a pitch in the meadow. I think i paid £25 per night for my pitch.which i think is excessive.
The site is well maintained, however the lakeside pitches have no grass cover due to its popularity so in bad weather the area around the tents could become a mudbath. Ther was dog dirt right next to my tent which wasnt fresh so the pitch had not been checked prior to my arrival. If im paying a premium price i expect perfection!
The toilets and showers were faultless I never had to wait, and there are also electric plug sockets to use in the shower building which is good for drying hair etc. the site shop also stocks plenty of food or camping items which people will forget.
Overall its a nice site but i resent paying over the odds.

Room Tip: Lakeside in the wooded area seemed a nice spot. Or the meadow allows a safe place for children to pl...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

Just returned from a two night stay with friends. Paid for a medium lake view pitch and wow it was certainly worth the extra. 13, 19 and 20 were our pitches on ransomes field. Level and wonderful lake view, yards for the kids to paddle and feed the ducks.

An idyllic location and v peaceful site, little noise after 11 which is ideal for families. The site shop, facilities etc all v clean and tidy. Play areas lovely, my daughter particularly liked the rope swing.

We even saw a roe deer yards away in the wooded walk through to our car, cars are not allowed on the camping field which enhanced the experience for us. Short walk to pitch up, yurts and pods looked great too.

Def do the walk round to low wray castle to pick up the green cruise boat, lovely walk hugging the shoreline, takes you to Brockhole which is great for kids and onwards to water head/Ambleside.

We will most definitely be returning.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Yorkshire
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013 via mobile

A great campsite run by the National Trust. Incredibly friendly and helpful staff. Some of the open field pitches are on a slope and should you be blessed with good weather they are also exposed to direct sunlight most of the day. For us the woodland pitches were the way to go as the weather was scorching and the trees gave a welcome break from the sun. A great location near to Ambleside. I will be visiting again.

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Address: Low Wray, Ambleside LA22 0JA, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Ambleside
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Ranked #8 of 20 Specialty Lodging in Ambleside
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