|Claife Viewing Station ruin|
Recent forestry work to restore the views has made the Station more visible from the East and the South , further tree work is planned to the North which will open up the classic view across the Lake Windermere archipelago to the Troutbeck fells. These views enticed early 18th and 19th Century visitors to the Lake District in search of the thrill of the ‘picturesque ‘ , following the earliest guide books, they were guided to the best viewing points or ‘stations’ . Visitors, we hope, will return in numbers again in the 21st Century to discover the fascinating story of the Station and the Windermere catchment.
|North View from the Station|
In 2010 we acquired the Station Cottage and courtyard at the foot of the hill below the ruin, this provided us with an opportunity to work with the public, local communities and other organisations to develop a visitor experience that will hopefully re-create some of those original thrills , while telling the story of the viewing stations, the picturesque movement and the past and future management of the Windermere catchment.#
|Building works underway at the cottage and courtyard|
In the next few months we will be repairing and restoring some of the features and stabilising the structure of the viewing station . Last year we replaced the cottage roof and this year we are replacing the external rendering and decorating inside and out. By early summer we will have on site catering facilities and visitors will be able to enjoy refreshments in the cottage by the log burning stove or in the sunny courtyard. We will also be creating a new visitor experience and further improving the views. You may also like to visit the local Ash Landing Nature Reserve as part of your visit .
|Repairing the window arch on the Station building|
This was the location for those earliest tourists to Windermere, and we hope that you will visit us this Summer, see how the project is developing and experience some of that same thrill that they experienced.