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Long Valley Yurts at Low Wray

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Long Valley Yurts, Low Wray National Trust Campsite, Ambleside, Cumbria LA22 0JA

The perfect mix – a brilliant Lake District location and some supremely comfortable yurt glamping

Tucked away on the quieter western shore of Windermere, the lovely Low Wray National Trust campsite is a real charmer, with pitches right on the lakeshore as well as in the woods and fields behind. Like the sound of it but don't fancy camping? Look no further than Long Valley Yurts, who operate six fabulous yurts at the Low Wray site, three shoreside and three in the meadows, and all decorated as if from Morocco and awaiting your indulgence.

The 18-foot yurts sleep up to six on futon-style beds on a raised wooden floor – proper linen, pillows and duvets are provided. Toilets, hot showers and washing-up area are a short walk away – and all the facilities on site are really well looked after. About the only things you need to bring are a towel and a torch, and a cool box to keep your drinks and things chilled (you can re-freeze the ice blocks at campsite reception).

Inside, there's a surprising amount of space, even for the biggest families, and things are kept nice and toasty courtesy of the wood-burning stove (and integrated oven), for which firewood and kindling is provided. There’s also a fully equipped kitchen area with gas hobs, plus rugs, lanterns and a chest full of retro games – though for our money, the single nicest thing to do is toast marshmallows and do a spot of star-gazing, either outside by the lake or inside, up through the central skylight, when everyone has bedded down for the night. They provide you with a barbecue/fire bowl outside too, so every night can be campfire night if you like.

You can arrange all sorts of activities from the site itself, from gorge-scrambling to canoeing and bushcraft sessions, while Low Wray is brilliant for kayaking and lake swimming – right out of the door of your yurt if you fancy, with a chilly plunge into Windermere, England's largest lake. There's also bike hire on site, a shop for fresh bread and essentials, an adventure playground and orienteering course – and an open-air pizza cafe for when you really don't feel like cooking. The nearest pub grub – at the Outgate Inn – is a 45-minute walk away, or you're just a 5-minute drive from the gourmet experience that is the Drunken Duck.

It's a perfect mix – a brilliant Lake District location and some supremely comfortable glamping – and if you like the style, Long Valley also have yurts at three other classy Lake District locations: the more remote National Trust campsite at Great Langdale, at Moss Howe Farm in the secluded Winster Valley (where they also have Scandinavian hot tubs), and at Sykeside near stunning Ullswater.

The Owner Says

Our favourite spot

Big groups (mixed sex only – no stag or hen parties) – yes. Tents, campervans, caravans, dogs, young groups – no.

The local area

Sail, windsurf or waterski on England's largest lake with Windermere Outdoor Leisure Centre (015394 47183) or cruise the waves in style with Windermere Lake Cruises (01539 443360). Long Valley Yurts have also teamed up with Keswick Canoe and Bushcraft (017687 80145) to offer a range of exciting Ray Mears style activities including an introduction to bushcraft day, canoe and bushcraft experience and shelter, flints and steels skills course to name but a few. Contact the Long Valley team for more information and booking. Otherwise you might like to seek out Grizedale Forest for some buzz à la bicyclette, from the most family-friendly tracks to the taxing North Face Trail. Bikes can be hired at Grizedale Mountain Bikes (01229 860369). The World of Beatrix Potter is over the other side of the lake, at Bowness, and is not to be confused with the erstwhile author’s house, Hilltop (01539 436269), at Near Sawrey, which is much closer.

Best local places to eat and drink

The Drunken Duck Inn (01539 436347) has a reputation for serving some of the best pub food in Britain, and is only a couple of miles away at a lonely crossroads between Outgate and Skelwith Bridge. Lucy’s of Ambleside (01539 432288) is a deli with its own café/restaurant and sells lots of delicious, if hardly inexpensive, ingredients for your camp nosh-fest. Meanwhile, Ambleside’s 2 art house cinema-restaurants, Fellinis ‘vegeterranean’ (01539 432487) and Zeffirellis Italian (01539 433845), both keep it reel.

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