High Wray Bunkhouse, Ambleside

Situated around three miles outside of Ambleside in the beautiful English Lake District, High Wray was the first of the National Trust’s residential volunteering centres to be built. With two full time and one seasonal member of staff we are probably now the National Trust’s busiest volunteer centre.

46 beds Heating; Isolated location 310 miles from central London
372 995 (OS Tourist Map) Nearest major route: M6, J36 Nearest station: Windermere (5 miles)
  1. The basecamp can be approached either:
  2. via the A590 to the SOUTH end of Lake Windermere, or;
  3. via the A591 to Ambleside and the NORTH end of Lake Windermere.
  4. Either way head for the B5286 between HAWKSHEAD and AMBLESIDE.
  5. (If coming through AMBLESIDE head for the
  6. A593 towards CONISTON then
  7. bear left onto the B5286 towards HIGH WRAY village signposted “WRAY CASTLE”.) Pass through LOW WRAY and signs to camp site.
  8. Once in the hamlet of HIGH WRAY ignore the tarmac turnings and take the track up the hillside signposted to the basecamp.


Meeting place is normally the basecamp.

The purpose built basecamp is situated well away from civilization in some woods above High Wray. The main wooden chalet contains the sleeping accommodation, kitchen/dining area and the washing facilities. A further two wooden chalets contain extra sleeping in one and cooking, dining and recreation space in the other.