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“Low Valley Bell Tent”

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Low Wray National Trust Campsite
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Reviewed 23 August 2014

Wow, had a fantastic time, the bell tent had everything we needed, lovely spot on low wray camp site, kids fished in a stream, low wray castle, brockhole, a holiday that has made everlasting memories, booking up for a yurt next time as had a peek in on end very spacious.

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 21 August 2014 via mobile

Would definitely book a lakeside pitch next time as this is really what the site is all about. We were lucky to get a flat (ish) pitch, however it didn't take much rain for the whole area (meadow) to become a bit of a mud bath. Toilets are ok, showers were hot, although not particularly clean. There is a squeegee in there to do it yourself. Which I did. Shop is great. Pizza from the woodfire over was a nice idea and a novelty, but over priced. We didn't realise how far away from places we were but that didn't matter too much. Generally quiet, but agree with some other reviews, no one enforces the 11pm quiet time rule, which can be annoying when trying to get some sleep. Overall we had a good trip, but minor niggles with the site.

Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 August 2014

A lovely lakeside campsite with stunning views across Lake Windermere. This was our first ever camping trip and I'm hoping future locations are every bit as good as this one. The site shop has an great selection of food, drink and handy items. Fresh baguettes and pastries are served in the morning and open-fire pizzas are available on certain days of the week. Toilets are clean and well maintained although the water pressure was quite poor (not sure if it's always like that or perhaps I picked a bad time of day). We also had our dog and there were some lovely walks alongside the lake. Highly recommended.

Stayed: August 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 17 August 2014

I visited this campsite recently with a friend on a bit of a last minute whim. We wanted to stay close to Ambleside to start and finish our walks around the peaks as well as not to stray too far from civilisation on this venture. Unfortuneately, there are no campsites within the immediate vicinity of the town with Low Wray being the closest, some 30 minutes cycle ride away. This was not too much of an issue although we would have liked to have stayed closer. As for the campsite facilities, everything you could have wanted was provided and all was kept to a high standard. However, as is the case with all National Trust campsites, this came at a cost bumping up the campsite fees to what I would personally consider to be a little pricey for a night under canvas. That said, if you want a comfortable camping trip in the Lake District and aren't too bothered about a few extra pounds each per night then I would certainly recommend this campsite.

Room Tip: All pitches on this site were to a good standard. We stayed on one of the cheaper plots and the staf...
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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 6 August 2014

A busy, well run and maintained campsite that has highly sought after lakeside access to Lake Windermere itself with views up to Ambleside. A friend and I spent a week at Low Wray and loved our stay, we had a standard lake view pitch in the summer field which luckily for us meant that we had uninterupted views onto the lake with the added bonus of being able to watch fellow campers brave a swim in the lake! The onsite shop offered a good range of stock including the essentials even if these weren't cheap it was handy nonetheless! An evening swim in Windermere was refreshing and peaceful, especially during the week (even in August) when there was less movement on site. Being on the quiet side of the lake gave us a chance to relax and indulge in the sheer beauty of the Lake District without the hassle of modern life. Low Wray is a perfect base to enjoy and explore the Lake District from.

Room Tip: Lake view was worth the money for us but we may have hit lucky being a smaller tent in field of big...
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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 6 August 2014

Upon arrival we were dealt with by really friendly staff who were eager to help. They handed us a map of the site and explained where everything was. We had paid for a waterfront pitch and has been allocated pitch 5. When we got to the pitch we were stunned by the views and extremely happy that we had paid that little bit extra for the pitch. In front of the tent there was a little pebble beach, big enough for a few chairs, which looked out onto lake Windermere. The campsite itself was of a high standard, there was plenty of room, clean toilet/shower blocks, an activity playground for children, places to hire bikes and boats/kayaks and it was also walking distance from Wray Castle. I would definitely recommend this site and I definitely would recommend requesting pitch 5, as I can ensure you won't be let down (this was actually emphasised by everyone walking past and commenting on what a beautiful pitch we had). Also on certain nights they serve wood fired pizzas which were a lovely quick and easy meal to get.

Room Tip: Request pitch 5 if you want a waterfront pitch in a lovely area.
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  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 August 2014

This is a high priced campsite by anyone's standards and comes with a raft of rules and regulations, very little of which seem to be enforced. We stayed for 5 nights and Pitch 16 is the one if you want to camp as close to the Lake as possible and experience the view without interruption. Kayak hire looked a bit pricey (we had our own as launching is easy from the campsite) but the equipment all looked new and in excellent condition.

The site seems to attract decent families rather than groups of drunken idiots although we did experience a bit of that on one night. The facilities are good but more regular cleaning would make them better. The Yurts and pods looked good as well but we stayed in a tent to experience the incessant rain at its best! That said, despite 48hrs of intensive rainfall, the site remained quite dry underfoot (& tent).

Pizza's are available on some nights from a wood-fired oven on site. More novelty value than much else as, good as the pizzas are, they are a bit pricey for what you get.

The Site was pretty quiet after about 9pm and despite high season, it was not at all full (despite being told it was) but maybe the weather had deterred some campers.

All in all, a decent site. Pricey but would use again simply for the fact it is quite family orientated and you can't argue with the view and facilities on hand.

Room Tip: Water front pitches are good but hard ground with no grass. Meadow pitches are softer but a little...
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  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Low Wray National Trust Campsite

Address: Low Wray, Ambleside LA22 0JA, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Ambleside
Amenities:
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 24 Speciality 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 Campsite Hotel Ambleside
Low Wray National Trust Campsite Ambleside, Lake District

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