High Wray Basecamp, High Wray, Ambleside, Cumbria, Lake District. LA22 0JE

Call Philippa Barber on 01539 434633


Situated in the heart of South Lakeland in secluded woodland, 4 miles from the village of Ambleside, High Wray Basecamp provides an ideal base for groups wishing to explore and take part in activities in the Lake District area. Local attractions include rambling, fell walking, climbing and water sports, with the Basecamp ranger being happy to assist with information on local walks and activities. The Longland Block has two separate fully centrally heated dormitories each sleeping 8, with a separate washing and living area/kitchen block. The comfortable living area is heated by a central wood-burning stove and the kitchen has a commercial gas cooker, fridge freezer, microwave and utensils. The Acland block has two separate centrally heated dormitories sleeping 10 each, with toilet and shower room attached. The kitchen / lounge area is fitted with commercial gas cooker, fridges, microwave and utensils.

This accommodation is featured on our map of the Lake District and here is its own website.


  • Beds & Rooms:

    16 + 22
  • Open:

    All year. All day.
  • Price per night:

    Prices from £11 per person per night (min 8 persons).
  • Booking:

    By email or phone
  • Directions:

    GR: 373 995. Take A593 from Ambleside towards Coniston, bear left onto the B5286 signed Hawkshead, fork left for High Wray village, signed Wray Castle. Basecamp is ¼ mile up dirt road on the left at the end of High Wray village.
  • Public Transport:

    Nearest train station Windermere 8 miles. Local bus (505 Coniston Rambler from Windermere-Hawkshead) stops 2 miles away at turning to Wray Castle (Cumbria travel-line 0870 6082608)
  • Walks:

    Long Distance Walkers AssociationLong Distance Walks

This accommodation is featured on the following pages
Near mountains Mountains in the UK Cumbria Way National Trust


bSingle sex dormitories
fSleeping bags required
gFully heated
kSelf catering facilities
iDrying room
tWithin 1 mile of NCN
\A National Trust Property
wGroups Only


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News & Offers from High Wray Basecamp

Unfortunately due to COVID High Wray Basecamp is closed for the foreseeable future

December 2nd 2020

We will notify you here as soon as a re-opening is planned.


Stay in the beautifully depicted shores of Lake Windermere from John Wilson’s poetry.

November 2nd 2018

“….Of this majestic Lake, that like an arm
Of Ocean, or some Indian river vast,
In beauty floats amid its guardian hills?…” – John Wilson

Nestled in Ambleside’s secluded woodlands, High Wray Basecamp is a hidden gem that’ll light up your holiday!

High Wray Basecamp - Lake Windermere - Ambleside - John Wilson

High Wray Basecamp

November 6th 2017

Wood cabins in a charming woodland.

High Wray Basecamp’s postal address says Ambleside but it’s actually quite a bit down the western shore of Lake Windermere tucked back in its own woodlands. 

The ‘Basecamp’ name will give away to some of you that this is a National Trust Bunkhouse so you can be assured of a few things:

It is in a lovely setting. The social media page is rich in photos of the National Trust Volunteers working hard to keep it that way. If you allow your eyes (or indeed your feet!) to wander, you’ll see the wide and high mountain vistas and the calm blue of Windermere itself – the twin main attractions of The Lake District.

The Basecamp is very well kept. Charming wooden cabins on the outside, simple yet clean on the inside. A large commercial-style catering kitchen and communal dining room/activity room mean that there’s plenty of facilities for large groups. The maps and information posters on the walls give clues too, to the Basecamp’s ‘day job’ as the home to The Trust’s volunteers. A fat round woodburning stove, and some soft sofas, though bring a more homely touch – allowing convivial conversation after a hard day’s conservation.


You can book either or both of The Longland block or the Acland block for your group. Rambling, fell walking, climbing or water sports are available locally as well as more sedate tourist attractions in Bowness or Ambleside, the Basecamp Ranger is on site to offer advice if you need it. 

High Wary Bunkhouse National Trust Group Accommodation in the lake district

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