Review – Low Wray Campsite, Lake Windermere

As a family we love holidays away in my parents campervan. Charlie and Harry enjoy exploring campsite facilities, spending time outdoors and even take great delight in the adventure of using the onsite shower facilities in the morning! (I enjoy everything but the latter!)


I chose Low Wray Campsite for our three night break at the beginning of July mainly due to its fabulous location.  Owned by the National Trust, it is located on the beautiful shores of Lake Windermere and offered exactly what we were looking for… the chance to unwind and explore the Lake District without having the hassle of driving. We have stayed at campsites before which are in the middle of nowhere and the stress involved in getting the campervan ready to go i.e. taking down the kids beds, putting away the awning, setting up the car seats, securing all the cupboards to ensure nothing falls out whilst we are on the move etc, etc can take a few hours.  At Low Wray we arrived and put up the awning and it stayed up for three days as our base whilst we explored the local area on foot and by boat.

The advantages of staying at Low Wray Campsite

Close proximity to Lake Windermere. You literally cannot get any closer, some of the tent pitches are located lake side. The camper van pitches unfortunately are a short five minute walk away but they are located in a lovely tranquil area.


Lots to do onsite for little ones.  There are two play areas which Charlie and Harry really enjoyed but the main attraction of course is Lake Windermere which my boys loved paddling in, skimming stones and just being kids!  The campsite also offers many facilities which we unfortunately did not get the chance to try during our short visit such as bike and kayak hire, bushcraft course, husky carriage rides, moonlit canoeing, rafting and bat detecting.

Nearby attractions. The campsite is a short ten minute lakeside walk away from Wray Castle which also has an adventure play area, particularly great for older kids but my two boys also got stuck in and tried den building, rope swinging etc.


We walked to Wray Castle a couple of times and took the boat across to Brockhole and Ambleside. This cruise is operated by Windermere Lake Cruises, if you book in advance you will obtain a discount (shame I did not know this prior to buying on tickets on the day… Well at least I am trying to save you money!)  To sail between Wray Castle, Brockhole and Ambleside as we did you need to select the green cruise. You could also catch the red cruise from Ambleside and sail to Bowness or the red cruise from Ambleside and sail to Lakeside at the far end of Lake Windermere. We found the lake cruise service to be punctual, enjoyable and good value for money at £7.70 for an adult ticket if purchased on the day (£6.90 discounted online), £3.90 for children 5-15 years of age (£3.50 online) and under 5’s free*.


Brockhole the Lake District Visitor Centre is definitely worth a visit. We could not decide between staying at Wray Castle or going across the lake to visit Brockhole. The mock gothic castle certainly sounds like a fun day but we felt that our boys would most enjoy the free adventure playground at Brockhole.  They loved the rope walks, slides, swings and zip wires and we all enjoyed drinks on the cafe terrace overlooking the stunning views of Lake Windermere.  We unfortunately only had a few hours to spend at Brockhole however, you could spend all day there and make the full use of the other activities on offer for a charge – pony rides, mini golf, treetop nets and bike hire.  Instead we caught another boat to Ambleside and spent a few hours feeding the ducks and enjoying another drink (yes there is definitely a theme here!)


Clean and well maintained toilet and shower facilities.  As always, I had researched online before booking our weekend away and read reviews regarding the campsite facilities including the shower block. I was not disappointed, they were clean and well maintained as many other campers had experienced.

Wood fired pizza oven.  Whilst we were staying at the campsite they were serving pizzas cooked on a wood fired pizza oven on the Friday and Saturday night (during peak summer they operate on four nights). As the pizzas were so tasty and fresh we enjoyed pizza on both nights (so much easier with little ones than a BBQ!)

Well stocked shop and informative reception staff.  We purchased several items from the shop and always found the reception staff to be informative and welcoming.


The downsides of staying at Low Wray Campsite

No electricity hook ups. We knew this in advance and so we were prepared. The hardest part was keeping milk fresh for the boys but the reception will freeze ice packs for a small fee and they do stock whole milk which is perfect for little ones. They will also charge up phones/tablets plus they rent out hairdryers which can be used in the shower blocks. (I was surprised at the mobile phone and 3G coverage whilst staying at the campsite because considering how remote the site is, coverage was great). I did not charge my phone in the reception because to be honest it was a refreshing change to be without the distraction of social media and actually speak to my husband when our boys were (eventually!) asleep.

No waste disposal facilities. Unfortunately unlike many campsites, Low Wray have not got the facilities for toilet waste disposal for campervans/caravans.

Would we stay at Low Wray Campsite again? Absolutely! We cannot wait to return to the campsite when our boys are a little older to enjoy the water sports and go on a bat hunt!


* Prices correct when published



  1. Sarah
    6th December 2017 / 3:35 pm

    Low Wray Campsite is the best place for camping especially if you have children. There a lot of options to do in the area.

  2. 1st June 2017 / 2:24 pm

    I really like the sound of the camping pitches right on the lake – what a beautiful location #GetGone

  3. 5th October 2015 / 5:28 am

    Oh this looks brilliant. I’ve heard of this site as we love the lakes. I will definitely consider visiting now. I’ve taken my son to Brockhole before too and it was great and on Windemere cruises. We’re definitely due a trip back :) Thanks for sharing your info. xx

  4. 4th October 2015 / 9:54 pm

    Oh wow this place looks amazing. I really must go camping soon with my family. I love that it’s right by the lake, it’s so beautiful. And Wray Castle sounds amazing. I would absolutely love to visit here. I love that there is so much to do without having to go too far. Thank you for linking this post to #whatevertheweather x

  5. 1st October 2015 / 7:16 pm

    How cool that it’s right on Lake Windermere! I love campsites beside water, where you can enjoy the shore with the kids. Even better that you can explore by foot and boat, rather than driving around. I have many happy childhood memories of the Lake District, I will definitely be visiting again with my boys and will keep Low Wray in mind for when we do.
    That’s so much for linking up to #Whatevertheweather :) x

  6. 1st October 2015 / 12:55 pm

    This place looks perfect! Something similar to a place me and my partner would love to go to! Great photos xx

  7. 1st October 2015 / 11:37 am

    Looks like a fantastic campsite. We’ve stayed at Great Langdale, also NT owned, and that was great. I’m really keen to get up to The Lakes again so will definitely check out Low Wray. #whatevertheweather

  8. 30th September 2015 / 8:01 pm

    What a great location with so much to do without having to move off site – ideal! We’re used to staying places without electricity in our caravan but the lack of waste disposal for toilets might put us off. I much prefer using our own loo in the night rather than trotting to a toilet block. Handy review – thanks! #whatevertheweather

    • Lisa
      1st October 2015 / 11:01 am

      I definitely agree you Claire. I dislike having to walk to the toilet block in the middle of the night with kiddies too! Low Wray is a fabulous site though. I would suggest stopping at Low Wray first and then possibly staying over at another campsite for a night to use their disposal facilities ;-) Thanks for stopping by.

  9. 30th September 2015 / 7:33 pm

    Lake Windermere is my absolute favourite place in the world! I scattered my Dad’s ashes at Lakeside and I feel so close to him when I’m there. I always have a little moment, even with my kids hanging off each arm. We’re hoping to camp next summer so this would be perfect for us! Thanks for the review.

    • Lisa
      1st October 2015 / 11:05 am

      I am also very fond of the lakes! Lakeside is a beautiful setting for your father Ruth. I cannot recommend Low Wray highly enough, it is a fabulous campsite for families. Thanks for stopping by :-)

  10. 9th September 2015 / 8:43 pm

    Looks like a great campsite, and a lovely area to spend a few days in x

  11. 1st September 2015 / 6:42 am

    This campsite looks brilliant, I love the idea of having a stone baked pizza oven.

    The location looks amazing too.

    Glad you had a good time.

  12. 23rd August 2015 / 6:24 pm

    Sounds perfect. I will keep them in mind for a camping trip in Lake District, more likely next year.

    • Lisa Jane
      27th August 2015 / 2:52 pm

      Thanks for reading Anca

  13. 22nd August 2015 / 8:42 am

    This is such a lovely part of the country and looks perfect for camping – really good tips for anyone else staying. Thanks for linking up to #MondayEscapes

    • Lisa Jane
      27th August 2015 / 2:54 pm

      I agree, it is a lovely part of the country Cathy. We used to camp in the Lake District alot as kids so I also have very fond childhood memories there too. Thanks for reading

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