Exploring Lake Windermere and Wray Castle

Last week we set off to the Lakes, Lake Windermere to be precise and spent a few days relaxing and having fun in each other’s company. Today I’d like to share some of the fun we had up there with you my lovely readers.

Exploring Lake Windermere and Wray Castle


There are several boats that take you to various points of the region via Lake Windermere and we were early for the one we were aiming to catch to cross to Wray Castle owned by the National Trust. So I suggested we had a spot of lunch in one of the nearby cafes along the lake side. Inside the cafe there were shelves adorned with lovely cosmetics bags in off white and pinks and padded hearts hung over the fireplace giving the look a true country cottage appeal. Big scones were being served up at the counter some dripping with hot rum butter and a variety of other cakes that appeared to be homemade. We opted for a couple of paninis and teas before boarding our boat though.

The very helpful and friendly staff that helped us on and off the boat also surprised us by giving us a commentary of the area in which we sailed. This included how it varied in depth throughout the lake and that Wray castle was a present from James Dawson (a retired surgeon) to his wife using her money!

Exploring Lake Windermere and Wray Castle


As soon as we set foot in the area we headed off in search of geocaches set out by the National Trust. They are very keen to get kids outdoors and this activity is just one of the ways in which they do this. Many of the geocaches that we discovered in the area were the size of lunch boxes and there were a couple of bonus caches in the area too. The caches took us on a circular walk of the area taking in the castle and the church.

Exploring Lake Windermere and Wray Castle


Sadly we ran out of time to see inside the castle but having spoken to a fellow mum who did venture inside it was more geared up to entertaining older children who loved dressing up. I'm currently building up our girls’ collection of fancy dress but I've yet to see the girls’ get properly into it. Still it gives us a reason to go back one day when the girls can pretend to be princesses for the day.

Exploring Lake Windermere and Wray Castle


On the way back to board the boat my eldest saw other children playing at skimming rocks across the water.  Of course she had to try it for herself for it looked like good fun but in the process she scared us as she darted back towards the water’s edge with her stones in hand causing her father to leap to her rescue before she took a dip in the lake.

My aim for the family that day was to visit Wray castle followed by Brockhole but sadly time slipped away from us and we just didn't have the time to explore both. The weather also looked increasingly threatening as the sky filled with black clouds so we made the decision to stay on the boat and head back to where we were staying.

Have you visited Lake Windermere and Wray Castle?

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  1. I have never been to the Lake district, my husband lived in Keswick when he was young and has often told me how beautiful it is, I love a woodland treasure hunt, it's a shame you never got to explore the castle #familyfun@_karendennis

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    1. That's one place my hubby wanted to return to. I agree the area is certainly lovely up there. I agree about missing out on the castle but I'm sure the girls will love t when they are older.

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  2. Such a wonderful area to explore, I haven't visited for a long time but would love to go back.

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  3. I love your photos, it looks fabulous. I went to the Lake District many years ago, but not visited this area, I will have to put it on my places to visit list. So pleased to hear you had a fantastic time #bestandworst xx

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    1. Thank you. I'm a little self critical over one. I'm pleased to have inspired you to return.

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  4. That castle looks awesome, I think my boys would visiting!
    #bestandworst

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    1. It certainly is great but has seen little action

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  5. You go on some incredibly beautiful walks X #ablogginggooditme

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  6. I went to Lake Windermere a long time ago and it has left such a strong and beautiful impression of me - it has to be one of THE most beautiful spots in the UK. Thanks for sharing with #coolmumclub lovely xox

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  7. I visited with friends a few years ago, and found it really interesting. Lots to do for the kids, but the history of the castle was interesting as well! #FarawayFiles

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    1. I think a return to the area sounds in order

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  8. Looks lovely and always nice to have information from lovely people too. #sharingTheBlogLove

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  9. I haven't visited either, but I want to now! How great the Wray castle has so much to do that you ran out of time. Thank you for linking up to #CulturedKids

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    1. I'm pleased I have inspired you to visit.

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  10. I spent a lot of time in the Lake District years ago because an ex had a flat there but we never went to Windermere or Wray Castle :( It's so beautiful up there, I would love to take the kids, they'd love it as proved by your pics :) #coolmumclub

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    1. Oh you've missed out. They are lovely sites to see.

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  11. My Dad loved this area when he was alive but it is still a place I have never visited! Sounds lovely and I must get up there! Thanks for sharing with #bestandworst x

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    1. It's such a lovely area that you really should visit. Which parts did he recommend to you?

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  12. What a lovely break. I always feel like I'm a great parent when my kids are surrounded by nature! #BlogCrush

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    1. It certainly was. You can't beat being amongst nature.

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  13. I had to look up where this was as I don't know England very well! But it looks like a stunner and I'd definitely be up for a visit. Thanks for sharing with #FarawayFiles, Erin

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    1. You're welcome. I'm pleased I have inspired you.

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  14. We loved our day trip to Lake Windermere too. It's so fantastic getting out on a boat on the lake. We didn't visit Wray Castle. How wonderful of the National Trust to hide those geocaches - perfect for children to get more involved in the environment around them. Thanks for sharing on #FarawayFiles

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  15. I would absolutely love to go to the lakes. We are about 3 hours away so it is certainly doable. They just look so beautiful. It's a shame you didn't manage to get all you wanted done but at least you enjoyed what you did do and hey an excuse to go back? Thanks for joining us at #familyfun

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  16. I love the Lake District and spent a lot of time there when I was younger. I'm hoping we can do the same with our boys now we live so close. I'm not sure that I've ever been to Wray Castle though. #SharingTheBlogLove

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  17. We live so close to the Lakes and went to Wray when Robert first started exploring/crawling. It's a fab building for kids. I've not geocached the area yet maybe I should take another day trip. Brockholes is fun, shame you run out of time. We've yet to take the boy on the boats, maybe we should add that to our list!! ‪Thank you for linking up to the #familyfunlinky‬

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  18. I used to spend a lot of our time in the Lake District on holiday as a kid, and I keep meaning to try to get back again with my kids. When we did stay there, we were always just down the road from Wray, but we hardly ever went. Not sure why not. Clearly an ommission!

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  19. We've never been to the Lakes and I'd really love to as I hear so many good things. One day we'll get there. Mich x #CountryKids

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  20. Going out for the day by boat does sound a wonderful adventure. I've not been to Lake Windermere since I was young and really can't remember it but I'd love to return. The castle looks gorgeous and sounds a perfect spot for Geocaching. Did you get to visit Brockhole another day?

    Thank you for sharing with me on #CountryKids

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  21. My parents went to Windermere for their honeymoon so it has a special place in their hearts, popping back from #sharingthebloglove

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  22. Looks lovely but I love anywhere that you go to by boat. We often go to restaurants for lunch that you have to get a ferry to go to, just to get out on the water.

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  23. It sounds like you had a lovely time exploring Lake Windermere and surroundings - even if you didn't get to do everything you intended. I've been to the Lake District before, but before we had our little one, and it is definitely our plan to return, but when he is a little older. #FamilyFunLinky

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  24. I went to the Lake District when I was 12, but I don't think we took a boat onto the lake. We've certainly never been to Wray Castle. It looks a lovely building. My kids love skimming stones too!
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  25. It's years since I've been to Windermere but those scones with hot rum butter had me running for the car keys! I haven't taken my children to the Lake District and yet we used to go a lot as children so I really must take them. #FarawayFiles

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  26. it will be fun for the girls to go back and dress up one day. Looks so peaceful on the water. #blogcrush

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  27. I really need to make a trip to the Lake District. It looks like such a beautiful part of the UK. Wish I lived closer though! #MondayEscapes

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  28. We got the boat over to Wray Castle a few years ago but we also only explored the grounds, I'd love to go back one day and see inside!

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  29. I've not been before, it looks a lovely place to visit. My girls would love the dressing up in the castle, this is one of their favourite things to do. Thank you for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

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  30. Ι love Lake District! I did my MSc in Lancaster and took plenty of trips in the area! I've visited Windermere Village and took the boat from there! My favorite place in the area has to be Keswick though! #mondayescapes

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  31. I love the lake district it is so picturesque and there is so much to do! We are off to Ullswater this weekend. #MondayEscapes

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  32. my daughter would love this. There aren't many castles like that here in the States but we try to visit the ones we can find #familyfun

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  33. I had no idea that there was so much to do at Lake winderemere! It looks perfect for some Geocaching. And I love how the castle allows little ones to dress up and embrace the moment!
    #familytraveltips

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  34. Such a gorgeous area, I just love the lakes. I aim to swim the length of Windermere one day. I've never visited Wray Castle, perhaps a swim to that would be a good starting point before attempting the length, it looks lovely!
    Nat.x

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  35. Thanks for linking up to #familytraveltips.

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  36. Lake Windermere is one of my favourite places in the world, so much so that my husband proposed to me there on the lake! Ive never been to the castle but it looks lovely! Thank you for sharing with us at #SharingtheBlogLove

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  37. There is never enough time to see everything that the Lake District has to offer. LOVE it up there and have done Lake Windermere a couple of times. The boat trips are great value and give you a fresh perspective of the place I think

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  38. ooh we havent visited Windermere for so long but used to so so much when the boys were little and pre blogging. I think we will have to pay a trip soon its such a beautiful region thanks so much for linking up #MondayEscapes x

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  39. The lakes are so beautiful. I've not visited Lake Windermere or Wray Castle but would like to. Sounds like you had a fun time with the geocaching even if you ran out of time to go inside the castle. #countrykids

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  40. Monkey is only now getting into his dress up... he wants to go to his non uniform day tomorrow dressed up! This looks beautiful and the cafe sounds amazing I would not have been able to stick to just a panini. We really need to get more into geocaching. #CountryKids

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  41. I have never been to either of these places but we are national trust members so often go to NT properties that are nearby. Will have to try the geocaches next time we visit one. #CountryKids

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  42. I love the Lake District. Spent many a childhood holiday there and it has been wonderful to take my own children back to enjoy it. One of those places that you can keep on going back to. The commentaries on tours can be so interesting. #CountryKids

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  43. Not somewhere I have visited before (the Castle) and it has been years since I last visited the Lakes, must get up there son, looks great :) #adventurecalling

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  44. The Lake District is somewhere we are yet to visit.The castle would be our fist port of call.

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  45. Your adventure in Windermere looks fun. We spent our first wedding anniversary in the Lake District and got thoroughly soaked, ruined a map book and my phone drowned!! However I would love to go back, now 12 years later, with the kids. #Adventurecalling

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  46. Windermere holds a apecial place as me and hubbys first break together. Ita a beautiful part of the world. Great post and wonderful pics #adventurecalling

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  47. Windermere holds a apecial place as me and hubbys first break together. Ita a beautiful part of the world. Great post and wonderful pics #adventurecalling

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  48. I last went to Lake Windermere, with my Grandma on a day trip from Newcastle. I was all of 16! I absolutely loved it there. We're hoping to go back this summer. #CulturedKids

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  49. I have not been here before but sounds like it is a really interesting place to go visit. I would love to go and explore that castle.xx #blogcrush

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  50. oohh we love geocaching and it can add an extra element to the day. Shame you ran out of time to do other things, but then a day is often better when you just go with the flow rather than timing it to move on.

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    1. It certainly can. I think if we'd started off earlier in the day we may have packed in the other things. We tended to lay in after the 5am starts one of us has most days of the week.

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