Low Wray FAQs

How many does each Yurt sleep?

Our lake shore Yurts can accommodate up to five persons, each has a double and two single futon style beds all with extra thick mattresses and an additional blow up mattress for a fifth person. Our Yurts on Whitworths Meadow (about a 5 minute walk to the lake shore) can accommodate up to six persons on a double and four singles. During day the futons can be folded away in the day to make a pleasant seating area. The single futons can also be pushed together to make a double. All the beds come with freshly laundered, sheets, duvets and pillows.

Is a Yurt holiday suitable for children?

Yes, a yurt holiday is ideal for children, it’s fun, different and above all exciting. There’s also loads of things to do both in the surrounding area and beyond. On site there is a small adventure play ground and the site is right on the shores of Windermere so a jog and dip in the early morning is a definite possibility.

Will I be warm enough?

Yes both of our yurts are fully equipped with a 4 KW wood burning stove which will keep you all cosy and warm. One basket of firewood, kindling and a box of fire lighters is also provided with the booking. Additional baskets can be purchased from reception.

Is the Yurt waterproof?

Yes the yurts are covered with a tough waterproof canvas layer which keep out the worst the Lake District weather can throw at it.

Are the yurts secure?

Yes both the yurts have lockable doors. However please be aware that they are located on a campsite which is accessible to all. Long Valley Yurts takes no responsibility for any loss or damage incurred during your stay.

Do we need to bring bedding?

No all your bedding is provided. Each yurt comes with freshly laundered sheets, pillow and duvets. We also provide an additional duvet, sheets and pillow for the fifth person should it be required. However do bring along extra blankets in case the weather does take a turn, specially early or late in the seasson.

Can we bring our pet?

With regard to dogs they are welcome on all of the sites, however we do not allow them inside the Yurts I’m afraid. Sorry. While we appreciate it is not for everyone previous guests have still brought their dog along but also brought along a dog bed and had the dog sleep in the car which can be parked close to the Yurts. Alternatively they have brought along a portable kennel which they have placed outside the door of the Yurts.

What do we need to bring with us?

We have tried to provide everything you might need to make your stay as relaxing and comfortable as possible. However there are a few things that you will need to bring from home.

  • We do not provide towels.
  • The Yurts do not have any refrigeration system we advise you bring a cool box with cool bricks. The campsite shop will re-freeze your bricks for you for a small charge.
  • A torch
  • Onesies for the kids are just ideal

In addition we advise you bring suitable cloths and footwear for all conditions, the Lake District can be somewhat un-predictable.

Here is a downloadable list of everything we provide.

What’s the weather going to do?

The Lake District weather is every changeable, when its good there is no better place to be. When its not so good it can be pretty bad. While the Yurts have a log burning stove which keeps them toasty and warm it is still well worth bringing some extra layers, thermals and waterproofs for those trips out into the mountains. It’s always recommended to check the weather forecast before you arrive.

What is there to do?

The simple answer is everything, and nothing. Whatever type of break you are looking for there is something here for everyone. The Lake District has a lot to offer, whether it’s exploring the hills, valleys and lakes on foot, taking photographs, reading, writing, or for the more adventurous, climbing, canoeing and mountain biking, it’s all here. However, if you choose to do nothing but just sit back, relax and enjoy being in a truly magical setting away from all the hustle and bustle of modern day life then that’s definitely available too.

There is a file in each of our Yurts which gives you a comprehensive guide to what’s on in the Lakes and other visitor attractions for all ages. We have also included a list of Long Valley Yurts hot spots and recommendations of places we really like. We hope you will too.

Long Valley Yurts also provide Outdoor Activities and Bush Craft Courses which are available from this site or a short drive away. Please see the ‘Things to do’ section of the website for more information.

Where is the nearest food shop?

The site has a shop (see site map for location) selling the some basics, bread, milk etc.
Other shops:

  • 3 miles – Spar & Co-op at Ambleside.
  • 8 miles – Booths supermarket at Windermere.

Where is the nearest pub / restaurant?

There are two excellent country pubs with restaurant areas within a 2 mile radius of the site. The Outgate Inn on the main B5286 can be reached on foot from the campsite (approx 45 minute walk along a bridle path) or a 5 minute drive away.

The Drunken Duck Inn is a quaint and cosy inn which offers a more pricey menu (the restaurant has to be booked in advance). It is situated on the road which leads to Tarn Hows (approx 25 minute walk along the road) or 5 minutes in the car. Both Hawkshead and Ambleside offer extensive choice for eating out. Visitwww.amblesideonline.co.uk for further information.

Where is the nearest bank?

The nearest banks with cash machines are in Ambleside (NatWest, Barclays and HSBC). There is a cashback facility at the Spar in Ambleside and the Co-op in Hawkshead which also has a link cash machine.

Where is the nearest town or village?

Low Wray is approximately 3 miles from Ambleside and approximately 3 miles from Hawkshead. Ambleside is the larger town and has much to offer in terms of shopping and eating out. It boasts a cinema and a museum (The Armitt Museum) and has a roman fort (Galava , NT).

Hawkshead is a picturesque Lakeland village with cobbled streets and offers family friendly pubs and quaint shops. Further information about both villages can be found at www.amblesideonline.co.uk.

How far is it to Bowness on Windermere?

By car, there are three routes to Bowness. Either by road to Sawrey and then by ferry across the lake to Bowness (approx. 6 miles) or drive to Ambleside and then follow the A591 to Windermere, turn right at the mini roundabout to Bowness (approx 10 miles but no waiting time for the ferry!). Alternatively, you could drive to Waterhead at the northern tip of the lake and catch a steamer to Bowness (30 minute cruise – visit (windermere-lakecruises.co.uk) for a timetable.

Where is the nearest bus stop?

The nearest bus stop is approximately 1 mile from the campsite. The route is bus 505 which travels from Windermere (next to the train station) and travels through to Hawkshead and Coniston (via Ambleside). For timetable information visit Traveline or telephone the traveline on 0871 200 22 33.

How safe is it to walk on the fells?

Please refer to the Lake District National Park Authority website for some useful guidelines on how to be safe whilst on the fells or alternatively go to the Langdale and Ambleside Mountain Rescue Team website.

Where are some good walks for families?

There are countless walks starting from the campsite which are suitable for families. There is an excellent easy track along the west shore of Windermere and some interesting tracks nearby leading over Claife Heights towards Sawrey (and the home of Beatrix Potter).

A map is advisable and the routes too numerous to outline here. Please refer towww.lakedistrictoutdoors.co.uk for further ideas and advice orwww.lakedistrictwalks.com. Maps and guides can be obtained from various shops in Ambleside or Hawkshead or ordered by post by calling Ambleside Tourist Information Centre on 015394 32582. Our campsite wardens will also be happy to offer any advice they can.

Where are some good mountain bike routes?

Low Wray is an excellent base if you wish to go mountain biking. There are some excellent tracks over Claife Heights and nearby Grizedale Forest which are accessible from the campsite. Check out www.mountain-bike-cumbria.co.uk for some good routes and the Lake District National Park Authority for some sound mountain biking advice.

Can we go fishing nearby?

Low Wray is an excellent base for fishing. All anglers require a rod license available at Post Offices and Tourist Information Centres. You may fish on Windermere from the grounds of the campsite or launch your own boat. (NB Motor craft are not permitted in Low Wray Bay).

Just a short walk away is Blelham Tarn, a beautifully tranquil spot for which you require a permit to fish from the Windermere and District Angling Association (WADAA), available from The Tower Bank Arms at Sawrey (only 2 tickets per day can be issued) – tel: 015394 36334.

There are many other fishing locations nearby including lakes, rivers and tarns. Further information available at www.lakedistrictfishing.net. There is also trout fishing at nearby Esthwaite Water (permit available on site).

Are there laundry facilities?

We have washing machines and dryers. Tokens are available from the shop. Washer tokens £3, dryer tokens £1.

What places are there to visit nearby?

There are many National Trust properties within easy driving distance such as Hill Top, The Beatrix Potter Gallery and Steam Yacht Gondola on Coniston Water. There are countless other attractions nearby. For more information, visit www.visitcumbria.com or www.lakelandgateway.info.

Which is the nearest lake?

Low Wray Campsite is situated on the west shore of Windermere, England’s largest lake. The site is also a short drive to many other lakes and tarns such as Grasmere, Rydal Water and Coniston Water.