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“Walking, scrambling break”

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Low Wray National Trust Campsite
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

Stayed at Low Wray for 3 nights in September. Had a tent pitch in wooded area which was great for two hot days as it provided good shade. However the third night it rained heavily and the water dripping off the trees seemed to make it last longer and louder than in the open field. That will be a consideration if I go back. It seemed mainly to be a family site so lots of noise from kids throughout the evening but went quieter later on. If you are a late night reveller this is not the campsite for you as you have to be very quiet late on. Showers and toilets were very clean and I did not have to wait at any time (mind you I always get up very early anyway) Biggest drawback on the weekdays is the noise from the quarry. On one day I just fancied resting outside the tent and watching nature but the constant drone of machinery and jack-hammers (that's what it sounded like) was too intrusive. Good shop with reasonable prices but if you want the nearest pub it is a two mile walk across muddy fields or a 3-4 mile drive. Remember if you walk to the pub and stay late it is absolutely pitch dark on the way home so take a head torch or two. Overall the site is a nice one and particularly suited to families rather than a solo traveller like me. That said it was a good base to start from each morning (driving) being close to the middle of the Lake District.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed September 21, 2012 via mobile

We camped on a waterside pitch over the weekend! With it being the end of the season, the pitch was a little muddy, but not enough to cause a nuisance!

Shower facilities were excellent! People have mentioned the mud on the floors, but again, it didn't really cause a problem!

Beautiful scenery and extraordinarily quiet, that is until the inquisitive natives waddle up to say hello! I swear the ducks and swans were trying to speak to us!

A wonderful break, we'll be back - maybe a bit earlier in the season next time!

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Reviewed September 17, 2012

Beautiful site nestled on the shore of Lake Windermere, we stayed for a week in August. We had a pitch on the 'island' with room for only 2 tents, luckily nobody else came so we had an isolated spot, surrounded by trees and a stream. The pitches around the site are well spaced, in woodland by the lake or open field. Our nearest toilet block was not too far for a dash but we heard no noise from hand dryers! It was cleaned regularly with good free hot showers and electric points. The washing up sinks were clean and easily accessible. There were no electric hook ups to my knowledge. There is a good childrens play area, a visiting 'burger van' from local farms and a shop that catered for the essentials, 20p to have your ice things frozen, staff were helpful, particularly when the stream rose and the rain caused us difficulties getting off the island, they put more bark down so our little bridge remained dry.The site is remote and if you want organised entertainment this is not for you. The views were stunning and having Wray Castle literally a 10 minute walk. Pitches are booked in advance so eliminating the last past the post competition for a good pitch. Good facilites if you take a canoe etc. Best site i have visited for a good few years, i will try a National Trust site again.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 2, 2012

We stayed for 2 nights at the start of September. We arrived in the rain after a 3 hour drive feeling mildly glum, but as soon as we got to the pitch I was as giddy as anything, the view from our tent was amazing, and the tents were all spaced out enough to enjoy a bit of privacy. We camped in the woodland lake view, which seemed a bit pricey but totally worth it just for the view alone - we even sat in the drizzle quite contentedly for the evening once we were set up, looking out at the lake. The toilet/shower blocks were nice ,although there was only 2 showers between everyone using our block (which was quite a few people!) so chances are you'd have to wait but this wasnt a problem unless youre super impatient! They were always clean other than every now any again there were muddy footprints on the floor but this is to be expected on a campsite! I also enjoyed the fact that you book a particular pitch so your spot is safe until you arrive, no first come first served on the winning spots! However don't come here if you expect to find a pub around the corner, most attractions are a long walk or a car drive away, although we didn't find this a bother!

Heaven, definitely going back for longer next year.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 21, 2012

This is a fantastic site. We booked a large Lake View pitch and had a stunning view across the lake to Ambleside for our 7 night stay. The site ensure all tents are 6m apart, and many pitches were much more spaced out than that. The woodland pitches are smaller but also looked nice.
The facilities were good, cleaned regularly, plenty of hot water in the free showers and even on a busy August weekend I only had to queue once.
The shop caters well for camping equipment, but don't rely on it for food as it stocked very little and was always our of bread, eggs and milk while we were there. The visiting burger van (posher than that really) was very nice and also did home made meals (as long is its beef, pork or lamb from the farm). There is a Tesco express in Ambleside, and a good Chinese takeaway if you don't arrive fully stocked. Ice packs refrozen for you in the shop for 20p each.
Don't go to this site without a canoe, dingy or sail boat as there is a small beach for launching, swimming, dipping your toes in or feeding the ducks! The Canada Geese give a great flying display, and others have complained about thier noise, but I rather miss their honking!
We had a great week and I would definitly go again.

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  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 15, 2012 via mobile

We camped at Low Wray for 3 nights. It's quite pricey but worth it for the stunning views and the lake access.
We were lucky enough to have glorious weather, hot and not a drop of rain!
I would have liked my review to be 100% positive as we had a wonderful time but there were a few minor niggles.
We will return but will ask for a pitch away from the toilet block. We were woken very early every morning by people walking past our tent and by the noise of the dyson hand driers in the toilet block. I was disappointed by the cleanliness of the toilets and showers, we kept our crocs/flip flops on to shower as the floor was filthy ( old, ingrained dirt by the look of it ), the water pressure in the shower was very poor, even at quiet times. The toilets were often dirty, unflushed and out of toilet paper. On the plus side, there are power points in the block for hair dryers etc, if you manage to get enough water out of the shower to actually wash your hair!
There is a small shop on site that will refreeze ice packs for a charge of 20p each, very handy to keep everything cool!
This is definitely a site we will return to....with earplugs, babywipes and flip flops!


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1  Thank AW73
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Reviewed August 15, 2012

Camped in a tent for two nights on 7th aug, we had a medium sized pitch which was plenty big enough. Toilets and showers were fine, typical camp site facilities. Can walk to Lake Windermere, but it is very secluded. Not even a pub nearby although the little shop on site is good and the burger van is nice. I enjoyed my stay but it was too secluded for me and my partner! Beautiful place.

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  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Low Wray National Trust Campsite

Address: Low Wray, Ambleside LA22 0JA, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Ambleside
Amenities:
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 24 Specialty Lodging in Ambleside
Number of rooms: 200
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Low Wray is a pretty, varied and natural campsite on the shore of lake Windermere. With lake access, and walks and cycle rides direct from the site, it's an ideal base for an outdoor holiday. The site's varied habitats (river, meadow, woodland and lake shore) are home to a wide variety of wildlife, including kingfishers, badgers, deer and otters. Tents and campervans are welcome or stay in one of our camping pods or Berber glamping tents. ... more   less 
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Low Wray National Trust Campsite Ambleside, Lake District

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