For those who like to sleep under the stars campsites abound. They vary from the basic to the swish, depending on your needs.
If, like us ,you belong to the Caravan Club or Camping Club, you will find a fair few C.L.s (5 van only sites) dotted about the area. We stayed at Rusland, which is a C.L. without facilities. Very peaceful, rural retreat. 0.5 of an acre, level site.
B.and B also available.
Nov. 2006 update: this site now has electric hook ups and prices have shot up to £8 a night with extra cars charged another 50p.
A very friendly visiting moggie!
Good cycling area.
4 miles to Grizedale Forest Visitor Centre.
Windermere 3 miles away.
We deliberately chose this site because it is all hard stands and knowing how it can rain in this part of the world thought it a wise move. Oh boy, were we right!! It never really stopped raining the whole weekend (well it was October!) so we felt rather smug and extremely relieved to not be on the sopping grass.We did see a car become bogged in to the grass; the hardstandings are a tad on the small size and a car with caravan doesn't fit on.
Unfortunately, all pitches are sloping, some much worse than others and we couldn't manage to get level. All attempts to back on to the ramps proved futile which was annoying to say the least. In the end we had to be content with using my brother-in-laws lower ramps which didn't exactly level us up but it was only for two nights. In the morning we would find ourselves halfway down the bed!!! Be warned, nowhere does it say the site is sloping.
Despite the down sides, the views are nice, the location very peaceful and for this part of the world, £7 including electricity wasn't a bad price.
We, as true Brits, even had a BBQ in the torrential rain under a makeshift canopy. How crazy can you get?
Extremely peaceful, in the middle of nowhere but only a short drive from the fleshpots of Penrith and Ullswater. Popular throughout the year. By the time we left, on Sunday, the site was up to it's full quota of 5 vans. Apparently people spend an alternative Christmas here.
We managed to leave a small memento; upon our leaving, Nick managed to hit the fence around the chemical disposal point, thus demolishing it!! Whoops....
Steve and Susan are already part of the family here, and so we also stayed here over new year 04/05 with them. You really feel welcome here. Ian and Sue Plant, the owners make you feel home away from home.
There are about 7 modern non smoking rooms for guests in their house. All equipped with showers and toilets inside.
The hotel is located in Dockray, which is a tiny place near Ullswater. It is a very quiet location and ideal if you like walking. It's about 5 to 10 min drive to Glenridding where you'll find a petrol station, shops, pubs, tourist info ....
There is also a bus stop near the hotel which can bring you to Keswick.
The hotel has 10 rooms (standard and premier), a pub serving good real ales and pub food, a restaurant, a lovely beer garden, and private parking.
There is free WIFI but it didn't seem to work when we were there, although the staff said they had no problems. I think they need to reset the router.
Beware, there is no mobile connection in the hotel, so it can be very lonely for some ;-)
Continental breakfast (poor) and English Breakfast (good) were only served between 8:30 and 9 am, which was not always ideal for us.
Staff were very friendly and helpful.
We didn't like our room though. We had a standard room which was very small with standard double bed filling most of the room. Our room was located near the street at almost the same level. People walking by could easily look into our room. The bathroom was tiny with no room to put anything. The tiny TV had bad reception. There was carpet everywhere (even in the bathroom) which was not vacuumed thoroughly. Not pleasant for people with dust allergies. I've read some good reviews about the premier rooms though.
We paid £69 per night incl. breakfast at the end of June. A premier room was £10 more. Prices go up during the summer season.
If I would stay here again, I would take a premier room.
Actually, this CL has really annoyed us since we stayed here by making it an adults only site.It now means if Philip is with us, this site is a no go area.
It's a neat and tidy little site, 0.5 of an acre, all pitches on gravel hardstands. The best views of the Cumbrian fells are from the pitch we were on, at the far end. Actually, it is all a little too swept up for us with neatly clipped grass and signs telling you what you can and can't do. The bonus were the visiting cats!!
Electric hook ups, wc. shower.
Adults only, open all year. £7 a night.
It's situation in the quieter, western Lake District. Wonderful views and visiting cats!
We have used this Caravan Club Certificated Location many times over the years. It is a 9 acre, simple farm site, with friendly owners and sometimes complete with sheep. We have spent many an early evening watching the antics of the sheep dogs at work, not always producing immediate success!!
Only facilities are a tap and chemical disposal point but being in a motorhome you don't need anything else. I seem to think TV reception was poor, here but if you hit this site when the weather is good, all you will want to do is sit outside, admiring the view and the peaceful countryside.
2009 update. This area has now gone digital so if you can receive, reception is good.
This site had not gone up in price for many a year but have just received the Caravan Club 2007 handbook and noticed the rate has risen from £3 per night to the massive sum of £3.50 (joking!) Aug. 2010 and the price remains £3.50.
It's location is a real bonus for those who wish to explore the western, quieter side of the Lake District. England's deepest lake, Wastwater, is a mere few miles away along extremely scenic roads, with plenty of places to pull over, admire the views, picnic, etc. At the head of Wastwater looms Scafell Pike, England's highest mountan, at 978 metres. Very popular with fell walkers, as is the whole area.Eskdale's beatiful valley is also very close to hand.
Cumbria's sandy coast is only 3 miles away, with miles and miles of flat, open beach.
Nearest village is Gosforth, 1.75 miles away, where there is a bank, P.O. and a few local, traditional shops. There are also a couple of pubs.
We stayed here August Bank Holiday weekend 2010.The site was full, having it's regulation five units on but as there is 9 acres, who would feel crowded?? The owners are still as friendly and chatty as ever.
We used to use this picturesque site a lot in years gone by. It is still going strong and indeed, why not? It's location is stunning,2 acres of pitching is by a stream and a great view of Blencathra is included in the princely sum of £4 a night.
Most of our stays here have been in winter, with a thick white frost covering everywhere but in brilliant sunshine. A little tricky to get to in these conditions as it's on a very minor road, but most definitely worth it.
Again, only facilities are water and chemical disposal point.
For it's location, £4 a night is incredible. You are in the centre of the Lake District, only 7 miles from Keswick and 9 miles from Penrith. Most CL's around Penrith and Keswick are a darn sight more costly than this.
You are in the beautiful dale of Mungrisdale and if you take the narrow road that follows the beck up the hill, you'll come to some lovely places to picnic and wallow in the stream. At the end of this road is a disused mine and quarry with walks leading off from here. Be warned, there is little parking for large vehicles in the height of summer.
There are plenty of hotels and b&b`s dotted around this area, but one thing I noticed was that quite a lot had no vacancies. If you are planning a trip in to the Lake District it might be a good idea to try and pre book your acomodation....bear in mind that what I saw was mid week, so I guess it will be much more difficult at the weekend.
I cant really say too much on the standards of acomodation because my time there was spent camping. All the b&b`s etc etc looked very nicefrom the outside and had an average price of £25 per person per night.
Again, this is a Caravan Club CL. close to Eskdale, Wastwater and the Cumbrian coast.
Beautiful views from a rough grassed, 1.5 acre farm field. Only facilities are water and chemical disposal point. The one draw-back to this site if you are in a motorhome is you must pitch first and continue on foot to book in (or bike if you have one) as there's nowhere to turn round a large vehicle at the house. It's a rough, 10 min walk, uphill on the way back!!
We have stayed here a few times, when the boys were younger. Lovely sitting out, admiring the views.
£5 per night.
Rural, scenic and close to the Eskdale valley. Not far from Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway. Excellent walking country. Beaches nearby.
After three nights camping we needed a change so for our final two nights in the Lake District we stayed in a B&B near Grasmere. This was far more expensive than camping but it did mean we were warm at night and that we didn’t have to face the prospect of an uncomfortable night in a tent after a long day’s hiking.
We chose Grasmere as it’s in a good central location and was close to the hike we planned to do the following day, in the Langdale Peaks. Banerigg House is about 1mile outside Grasmere on the road to Ambleside and it easy to miss as there is only a small sign outside the house. It’s very close to the Wordsworth museum at Dove Cottage and the town of Grasmere is within easy reach. The lake is across the road from the house and most of the rooms have good views over the lake.
The family running the B&B are very friendly and we enjoyed our stay here immensely. It costs 30 pounds per person per night and all rooms are en suite. Included in the price is a fantastic breakfast. You’ll need to do a lot of hiking to work it off!
Hartsop Fold is situated 2 miles from Patterdale at the head of Lake Ullswater in the heart of the English Lake District
A small chalet park (12 chalets) not far off the road between Windermere and Patterdale, just after the Kirkstone Pass. The chalets are of Scandanavian model and well equipped. The bed linen is supplied in the high season but you must bring your own towels. There are no shops in the park and the nearest shop is the little shop in Patterdale. It can be reached from Windermere -but you then have to go over the Kirkstone Pass or from Penrith (about 17 kilometres to the north)
quiet, comfortable with lovely views for the balconies, easy for walking in the area. If you are lucky (as I was one morning) you can see deer close by.
Our initial plan was to stay in the campsite in Langdale and use this as a base for our hikes and trips in the Lake District. However, the campsite worked on a first-come, first-served basis and when we arrived in Kendal and called the campsite they were already full up. As was every other campsite in the Lake District seemingly as everyone we called was full. We thought by arriving mid-afternoon on a Friday we’d avoid the rush but it was a bank holiday weekend and everyone else must have had the same idea.
Thanks to the very helpful lady in Kendal tourist office we found a campsite near Glenridding at Ullswater which still had a few places. This was a pretty good second choice to Langdale as we had planned to climb Helvellyn. We drove off quickly to make sure we got one of the last places.
The campsite was at Gillside farm, about ½ a mile west of the village of Glenridding. It was in a beautiful location and on the route to Helvellyn which suited us fine. It cost us 14 pounds a night and we had to book for 3 nights minimum but by that stage we were just happy to get a place.
There must have been about 100 people there the first night but it wasn’t too noisy a site. Most groups were families or hikers and all we met were very friendly. There is a pub called The Traveller’s Rest very near the campsite, and many people from the campsite went here in the evenings. Food is available in the mornings at a breakfast van though most people bring their own supplies.
We had pretty mixed weather during our stay. On the first night there was heavy rain, the second night was fine and third night very cold. Still, it was a fun experience and the campsite was in such a great location that the views made up for any discomfort! There was a shared toilet and shower block which was kept very clean.
The Lake District is packed with hotels, cottages, B&B's and campsites -- here are a few websites relating :-
A friendly B&B right in the middle of Keswick. My room was small (especially the bath), hot but comfortable. And I finally had my own telly to watch my beloved English TV comedy shows :)
Great breakfasts! You get to choose exactly what you want - so I could enjoy my English breakfast without having to worry that some of the tasty food touches the baked beans (which I hate)!!
In my room in the B&B I found the smallest bathroom I have ever seen. I couldn't believe how small it was. If somebody taller than me went to the toilet I bet he'd have to leave the door open when using the toilet - otherwise his knees wouldn't fit in the room.
There even was a shower in here - I couldn't believe my eyes ;) It's hidden to the right of the toilet!
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