About eighteen months ago we took a trip to Wray Castle. It was in Ben’s Rocky Rambler book and a walk he really wanted to do. It was cold, snowy and icy (it being December). Foolishly he let me have the map, and very quickly we got lost and gave up, went back to the car and retreated to a warm pub with a fire.
Last weekend, we took the trip again – what a difference! Wray Castle had gone from being an abandoned house, with nothing really there, to a beautiful stately home (still undergoing refurbishment) with an adventure playground, just a short stroll from one of the most popular lakes in Cumbria. We took a picnic and had lunch at one of the many picnic tables, then headed off for a play on the tyre swing before venturing down to the edge of the lake for a gentle walk in the sunshine.
Wray Castle, which was originally built as a house in a mock-Gothic style, has free parking, and if you’re a National Trust member, entry to the house is free too. You can wander around the inside, and there are rooms set up with children’s games and activities.
As it was a rare sunny day on Saturday, we chose to spend most of the time at the water’s edge, just relaxing and playing with the children and the dogs, and just had a lovely day. If you are in the area, I’d highly recommend it for a day out.
I even managed to sneak in a bit of camera practise, and made the most of Ben being in model-mode!