4.5 miles. On the way we pass Blelham Tarn twice, and briefly visit the shore of Windermere. Donated to the National Trust devoid of its contents, the castle is presented in its bare state with several rooms filled with activities for children of all ages. Monday – Wray Castle and Claife Heights Windermere at Ambleside. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking. Ascent: 5,50ft Length: 6 miles Map: Lakes South East Last Walked: April 2013 Stout shoes or … Wray Castle to the Ferry A gentle stroll of no more than 11⁄ 2 hours along paths and tracks by the quiet western shore of Windermere, or detour for Claife ridge and the walk becomes 21⁄ 2 hours with magnificent views and varied, easy to follow, forest paths. and new displays. We left the car at the roadside near the gatehouse at Wray Castle. The first part of the walk would be downhill as we made our way to the shores of Windermere. On Monday, we purchased Walkers’ Tickets from the pier at Ambleside – three ferries with a walk in between ferries one and two. After visiting the castle it is a short walk along the access lane back to the start, one I did full of smiles. This is a walk for when the weather on the 'tops' prevents a more elevated route choice. The footpath down to the lakeshore – this is also the start of the Wray Castle to Claife Viewing Station walk on the western shore of Windermere. The woodland walk which joins the lakeside footpath heading towards Claife Viewing Station, with the footpath that leads in the opposite direction to the boathouse and jetty. Map The Lake District National Park Authority looks after this unique corner of England, encouraging people to enjoy and understand its beauty and helping those who live and work here. Looking across Blelham Tarn towards Outgate. Wray Castle (Mike Charles / Shutterstock.com) If you are looking spend a day in a historic castle filled with exquisite artwork, furniture from centuries past, and elaborate suits of armour, then Wray Castle is probably not for you. Blelham Tarn and Wray Castle is a 4.8 mile loop trail located near Ambleside, Cumbria, England that features a lake and is rated as moderate. Even with three little ones in tow we walk fairly fast and it took way over two hours to get to even the first sign post which told us we were still 2 and 3/4 miles away! The prevailing wind is westerly so a route along the western fringes of Windermere with the added protection of the trees is a safe bet. The first boat took us to Wray Castle which we’ve visited before. Starting from Wray Castle (N.T.) A descent was made to the Wray - Colthouse road which we followed to High Tock How to pick up a path back to the car. From the Ferry House to Wray Castle it claims to be a 5 mile walk and yet I beg to differ! The Walk: View from Low Wray Bridge. The cloud had lifted a little and broken but the views were restricted. This medium length walk takes us from the pretty but busy village of Hawkshead to the unusual National Trust house of Wray Castle, using a series of surprisingly quiet footpaths. There have been improvements such as an upgraded café (whoop!) You can combine this walk with Route 7 Red Nab to High Wray for a long expedition to Wray Castle and back. Blelham Tarn/Wray Castle ‘With the inclusion of Wray Castle and the Lake Windermere shore walk, this walk has just about everything.’ • A circular valley walk from the village of Outgate, through woods and open countryside with some stunning views of the central fells. 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