Claife, Cumbria, England

Claife Heights Trig Point

Claife Heights

Claife Heights is an upland area in the Lake District, near to Windermere. The National Trust maintain a Viewing Station here. It was built in 1790 to a design by John Carr, and from this vantage point you can admire the breathtaking views of the Lake District.


There is a quarry hidden amongst the steep wooded hillside, and it is in this area that a formidable ghost was laid to rest by exorcism in the eighteenth century.


The "chilling screams" of the phantom put fear into the locals, whom attributed it to the spirit of a medieval monk from an outpost of Furness Abbey. He broke his vows when he fell in love with a woman. However, this feeling was not reciprocated, and the distraught monk went mad and died in dispair at Claife Heights.


However, according to Evans, their are reports of those who continue to hear a disembodied voice and a hooded figure has been spotted by walkers.


Pictured left is the wooded hillside at Claife courtesy of Michael Graham.


Beside the Ferry on Windermere's west shore, near Far Sawrey, Hawkshead, Cumbria.


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For further information, please read Ghosts: Mysterious Tales from the National Trust by Sian Evans.


Visitor Information

Claife is a civil parish in the South Lakeland district of Cumbria, England.

t is situated west of Windermere, and east of Esthwaite Water and the village of Hawkshead.

Pictured left is Claife Heights Trig Point courtesy of Stephen Dawson. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.