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A night or two camping at this lakeside location is, quite frankly, unforgettable. Low Wray National Trust Campsite sits on the quieter western shore of Lake Windermere, and if the weather holds to give a decent sunrise over the lake, it can feel like the most relaxing place on earth.
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