18th June 2016

Lots of places between Far Sawrey and Wray Castle

Time 8:05am to 2:50pm
Duration 6 hr 45 min
Distance 13.2 mile
Ascent 2600 ft - more or less
Walking with Rod Hepplewhite
Far Sawrey - Windermere west shore - Bell Grange - High Wray Bay - Wray Castle - Wray Church - High Wray Bay - High Wray - Latterbarrow - Loanthwaite Lane - Hawkshead - Colthouse - Guide Posts - Hollin Band Plantation - Highs Moss - Scale Head Tarn - Three Dubs Tarn - Moss Eccles Tarn - Near Sawrey - Far Sawrey
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre -
Car Park, Far Sawrey Village Hall

This is a good sized car park considering how small the village is so I should imagine you would rarely have a problem finding a space here. Parking costs £2 (in 2016) and the money goes to the village hall.

Route Map


Far Sawrey Village Hall.

Today, we were mostly walking through a pastoral, more gentle landscape than that found in the more popular areas we'd normally associate with Lake District walking. And, what this area lacks in the way of rocks, crags and scree, it more than makes up for by the undeniable beauty of the place. This particular route adopts the 'variety is the spice of life' approach to walking. Not only in the sense of having a day away from the higher fells, but the walk itself has an abundance of interesting places found along the way.

After only half a mile or so of gentle up hill walking we begin to loose height by following the woodland path down to the western shore of Windermere.


Before we walk any further I want to offer you all a bit of advice.
'Make sure you put the insect repellent on before you start walking rather than waiting until they've started to take bites out of your legs'

On the walk alongside Windermere you're treated to views across to the fells on t'other side of the lake. Here, in the distance, you see part of the Fairfield Horseshoe with the higher section topped with cloud.

Looking across to Wansfell Pike (under the tree branch). In the distance you can see Ill Bell, Yoke and Sour Howes / Sallows.

Further along the shoreline we spy Wray Castle in among the trees.

Here's a close up of Wray Castle which, at this stage in the proceedings we hadn't any plans to visit. It's not that we didn't want to, we just never thought about it. It was only at the point a little further on where we'd be leaving the lake shore that we decided to add a loop of the castle onto the walk.

Windermere lake shore path - - really pleasant, really easy and really enjoyable walking.

That looks like great fun.

I'm not sure if the wave was for me because I was taking his picture or if it was some form of hand signal for the guy on the boat. I still waved back.


and this is the High Wray Bay Boathouse.


Nice haircut.

Here's what you see from the front of Wray Castle and if the bloke that built the place chose this spot because of the views then he certainly knew what he was doing.

Wray Castle is a Grade II listed building which was built as a retirement home for just two people, James and Margaret Dawson. James was a surgeon from Liverpool and his wife descended from the Preston Family, also of Liverpool who had made their fortune from a distillery, wine and spirit business. The vast wealth which James inherited through his wife allowed him to acquire many of the trappings of a country house estate, a large kitchen garden, a home farm with stables and coach house, gate lodge, estate church and several boathouses.
Apparently he built the castle for his wife but unfortunately she took one look at the house when it was finished, and refused to live in it.

and this is another view from the castle. Showing the Langdale Pikes.

Here the conversation turned to buying this place should we ever experience a BIG euro millions win. Rod said he'd make the National Trust an offer they couldn't refuse so he could buy the place and live in it as it is. My suggestion was exactly the same up until the point I'd bought the property. Then, I'd knock it down and build a more normal house, albeit a fairly big one. After that I'd cut all the trees down because they spoil the view and close off all the footpaths to keep the riffraff out. Yep, that should upset a few people.

, , , , , I'm only joking, , , , , I wouldn't buy it in the first place because it's too far for Jennifer to travel to work every day. Yes I know, I'm just too thoughtful for my own good.


After leaving Wray Castle we make our way to the tiny hamlet of High Wray. From here we headed up onto Latterbarrow.

As we walk up the lower slopes of Latterbarrow we got this somewhat hazy view across / into the Fairfield Horseshoe.

Latterbarrow summit.

From the top of Latterbarrow we look down to Hawkshead which, despite requiring a bit of a de-tour from us, was always going to be visited today.

Well, if they'd left things alone instead of always wanting to change everything, this would have been one of the best named streets in the country.


Well, you've cetainly made a right mess of that haven't you.

After having something to eat outside Hawkshead we walk through sleepy Colthouse, which to me always has a 'crack of dawn' feeling to it. Somewhere so peaceful and laid back it never bothers to fully waken up because there's no need.

Hawkshead and Colthouse are left behind and we're soon walking among the woodland and tarns on the higher ground around Claife Heights.

Scale Head Tarn.

Wise Een Tarn

Three Dubs Tarn & boathouse. What a fantastic place.

, , , , and again

And, Moss Eccles Tarn.

From Moss Eccles Tarn we follow this track all the way to Near Sawrey.


Near Sawrey rooftops.

And to finish, here's a picture of Near Sawrey taken from the roadside next to Hill Top Farm (the Miss Potter one).

David Hall -
Lake District Walks