Far Sawrey – Claife Heights viewing Station
Location : Far Sawrey
Grid Ref : SD 387957
At Claife Heights, is Claife Station, built in the 1790s as a viewpoint where visitors could look at Lake Windermere. It was most fashionable with tourists in the 1830s and 40s. The windows of the drawing room were the Station’s most celebrated feature; each had a different aspect, viewed through different coloured glass to enhance variations in weather and seasons. The tinted glass in these windows was intended to recreate lighting effects in the landscape. Yellow represented summer, orange was for autumn, light green for spring, and light blue for winter. There was also a dark blue for moonlight and a lilac tint to give the impression of a thunderstorm.
The National Trust are working hard to re-open this 19th-century, popular tourist attraction. Back in the 1800s Claife Viewing Station was ‘the’ place to go on Lake Windermere. It’s the National Trust’s aim to recreate part of the experience at this fascinating site.
Notice: Access to Claife Viewing Station is limited at the moment as building work is carried out to partly restore this Victorian ruin. You can still enjoy the footpaths in the Claife area but work on the Viewing Station will continue until Spring 2015.
Ultimately there will be a café, picnic area and viewing platform back into the building at the top of the hill, at Claife.
You can walk to the viewing station along a footpath from the ferry crossing to Near Sawrey.
The Western shore of Windermere is perfect for a car-free adventure. Travel over on the ferry and check out Claife Viewing Station, then you can walk or cycle the 4 mile track from here, up to Wray Castle.
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