Claife Viewing Station

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Claife Viewing Station - Windermere
Claife Viewing Station - Windermere

Visit Claife Viewing Station and enjoy stunning views of Lake Windermere.

Claife Viewing Station is a beautiful spot nestled in the woodland on the Western banks of Lake Windermere. Not far from the bold gothic revival Wray Castle and within walking or cycling distance, visitors can immerse themselves in the stunning natural beauty of the Lake District.

The view of Windermere Lake from Claife Viewing Station

Experience the History of Claife Viewing Station

This 18th-century building never had residents. Instead, it served as a spot for tourists to admire Lake Windermere’s stunning views. These affluent sightseers came to draw picturesque places listed in a guidebook from 1778 by Thomas West. He played a role in creating the Lake District’s fashionable reputation, attracting waves of visitors who loved the scenery. The viewing station originally had tinted windows in line with the four seasons. For example, yellow transformed the landscape into summer, no matter the time of year. The National Trust restored the viewing station to its former glory. People can now enjoy the views and colours to this day.

Claife Viewing Station

Explore the Surrounding Area by Foot or Ferry

If you’re looking to explore the surrounding area, there are plenty of options available to you. One great way to do so is by foot. For example, you might consider taking a walk along the west shore of Windermere from Ash Landing, passed Claife Viewing Station, to Wray Castle. This walk is particularly beautiful and offers stunning views of the lake and surrounding countryside. Alternatively, you could embark on a walk from Hilltop Beatrix Potters House in Sawrey to the station through Claife Heights. This area was held in such fondness by Miss Potter that she had her ashes scattered there. No matter your route, you’re sure to find plenty to see and explore in this lovely part of the world.

Stain Glass viewing window at Claife

If you’re looking to explore the area from Claife, there are plenty of exciting options available to you. One of the best ways to do this is by taking a car ferry ride to Windermere. You can either drive on or go by foot and enjoy a leisurely trip across the lake, all while taking in the stunning views of the lake and surrounding countryside. Once you reach the other side, there’s an abundance of activities to enjoy, such as Brockhole House, Glebe Park and Markets, Blackwell Arts and Crafts, and The World of Beatrix Potter. So why not make the most of your trip and take a ride on the car ferry? It’s an experience you won’t forget!

Relax and Refuel at Joey’s Cafe

If you are looking for a more relaxed option, you could catch the ferry across from Windermere, take in the views at the station and then enjoy a freshly roasted coffee and a tasty snack at Joeys Cafe located close by.Β 

How to Get to Claife Viewing Station

Claife is a 5-minute walk from the Ash Landing National Trust car park on the B5285, from Sawrey to the Windermere Ferry terminal.