18th February 2017

Low cloud and a bit of drizzle from Far Sawrey to Wray Castle

Time 8:45am to 2:35pm
Duration 5 hr 50 min
Distance 11.4 mile
Ascent Hard to say exactly but 1700ft isn't far off
Walking with Rod, Paul and Michael
Far Sawrey - Windermere west shore - Bell Grange - High Wray Bay - Wray Castle - Wray Church - High Wray Bay - High Wray - Latterbarrow - down to the road - Gillbank Colthouse Plantation - Lily Pond - Guide Posts - Hollin Band Plantation - Highs Moss Tarn - Scale Head Tarn - Three Dubs Tarn - Moss Eccles Tarn - 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


The weather at weekends seems to be having the final say in where we walk at the moment. Plan A for this weekend was one of my Coves walks which would include Addacomb Hole. That was postponed because of the low cloud so plan B was going to be the Crookdale Horseshoe which is one of Paul's project walks. That was postponed because of the forecast for heavy rain. Plan C was Rod's suggestion of coming to this area which is lower level, easier walking and there are also lots of options should the day turn into a washout.

Apart from a bit of drizzle it didn't rain at all; which is always good. The low cloud was here though so there were no long distance views on offer today but that's life I suppose. Despite that bit of negativity a great day was had by everyone in really lovely area of the Lake District.


After a short time of walking up hill we soon start walking down hill again, through the woods and down to Windermere's western shoreline.
There were lots of boats in view but beyond that, all was grey and misty


Well, who do you suppose could live in a house like this.

Windermere's shore path. Very easy walking but it's really lovely along here and, in the normal course of fell walking it's not very often you walk alongside England's longest lake.

I guess this was created for the benefit of all those Ancient Egyptian tourists that come here.

I didn't know this !
I had to laugh when they got to the "USA and France" bit. We didn't do it first and we didn't manage second place so why try to bill it as some sort of achievement. Why not just say this was the first time in England.

Miss Lakeland II

This is one of the boat houses we passed today.

High Wray Bay.

Wray Castle, not what you'd expect to find in the Lake District is it.

As Rod said at the time "the guy that designed this place must have really liked crosses".

Wray Church.

From Wray Castle we do a loop of the church to bring us back down to the path at High Wray Bay where we leave the lake side to walk up a few muddy fields to reach High Wray itself.

At the top of Latterbarrow and as expected, there were no views today. A shame really because you normally get a fantastic all round view from here. You'll have to come up here on a clear day to see for yourselves.

Just before heading up into the woods and up to the tarns, I look across to Hawkshead.

The first tarn passed today was Lily Pond; looking somewhat overgrown and un-cared for.


Highs Moss Tarn.

and before you know it you're out in the open and looking down to Scale Head Tarn and Wide Een Tarn.

Scale Head Tarn.

Wise Een Tarn.

Three Dubs Tarn

, , , with it's impressive boat house. It's not exactly hidden because it would be quite difficult to hide something this big. However, you do have to put a bit of effort into reaching this place.

And lastly, we're at Moss Eccles Tarn. It's still misty and murky so instead of a picture of the tarn, here's a pictures of two of it's resident swans.

Not long after leaving Moss Eccles Tarn we took the left hand track to begin our walk back to Far Sawrey. As it was described earlier in the week - "this area is pastoral Lakeland at it's best".


And to finish, we acknowledge how lucky we'd been to stay dry on a day when heavy rain was forecast, we agree that despite the walking being easy you don't half clock up the miles around here and, , , , we look forward to coming back on a day of less cloud and more sun.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks