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The Top 5 Lake District Camping Escapes

Updated: Apr 28, 2023



There are a select few places in the UK that offer truly wild and awe-inspiring adventure experiences and The Lake District is certainly up there as a must-visit 2023 destination. The Lakes offer something for everyone, from full-time hardy adventures to family escapes, you won't be disappointed with what this stunning corner of the Uk has to offer. If Jr Tolkien managed base parts of Middle Earth (The Lord of The Rings) on locations in the Lakes, it's clear that the opportunity to create adventure really is endless!


For us, camping is about simplicity, being immersed in the beauty of the wild and spending time unplugged. We have put together our Top 5 Lake District Adventure Campsites so you can encompass these all-important principles and embark on a truly memorable experience this year.


1. Moss Side Farm

Broughton-in-Furness, LA20 6DJ


Best for: Relaxing Breaks, Walking, Climbing, Swimming, Breathtaking Views


Recommended Hike: Old Man of Coniston

Moss Side Farm is a traditional Lakeland Hill Farm and offers stunning valley views taking in Kirkby Pool which works its way down to the Irish Sea in the distance, perfect for those of you who love kicking back and soaking in mother nature in all her glory as the sun goes down. Situated in the southwestern corner of the Lake District in the beautiful Woodland Valley, Moss side farm is renowned for its beautiful views and charming character as a working farm. The farm is home to traditional Lakeland Herdwick sheep and lambs, Hereford cattle, ponies, ducks and hens, goats and pigs making it a perfect site for families looking to escape or those looking for a camping experience with a twist.


Price:

£25 Per Pitch inc 2 Adults

£2.50 per Car

£3 Per Dog


Facilities:

BBQ Area & fire pit

Shower Block

Supply Shop


The Local:

Blacksmiths Arms, Broughton Mill


Pets welcome:

Yes

2. Stonesthwaite

Stonethwaite, Keswick CA12 5XG


Best for: Wild Escapes, Wild Swimming, Walking


Nearby Swim: Hop in the river at the campsite or take a breathtaking walk upstream for an abundance of plunge pools. Venture further up to Galleny Force and Black Moss Pott for a swim not to be forgotten.


Recommended Hike: Glaramara, Keswick

Nestled in the centre of the Lakes Stoneswaite offers a truly memorable camping experience. For those that want to unplug, get off-grid or simply have a passion for the wild (particularly swimming) it is a must-visit. With just a toilet and wash-up point for amenities, this site offers an inspiring sense of freedom and escapism (just how we like it). You will find Stonethaite campsite along a well-worn, pothole-covered road (nothing our adventure camper Jeeps can't handle!) that opens out into a valley covered by forest and crags towering overhead. At the foot of the valley sits the camp pitches, comfortably nestled against the river Derwent, offering an irresistible opportunity to dip and dive into deep pools and waterfalls, just minutes from your tent.


Price:

Pay on-site in cash.


Facilities:

Small Toilet Block

Running Water

Pot wash area


Pets welcome: Yes


Campfires Allowed: Yes


The Local:

Knotts View Guest House (10 minutes walk or stumble)


3. Wasdale

Wasdale Head, Seascale, Cumbria, CA20 1EX


Best for: Paddleboarding, Landscapes, Hiking, Wild Swimming.



Recommended Hike: Scarfell Pike, Seascale

An adventurer's paradise. This remote valley spot sits above the stunning WastWater offering views of towering mountains, cascading screes and one awe-inspiring camping experience. For those looking for a tranquil escape or somewhere that offers easy access to some of the lake's highest peaks and adventure activities, Wasedale is a definite choice.


Price:

Tents from £38 for 3 nights

Camper Van Pitch from £44 for 2 nights

Facilities:

Electric hook-up

Hardstanding pitches

Laundry

Shop

Showers

Toilets

Washing-up area

Pets welcome: Yes

Campfires Allowed: Yes

The Local:

Wasdale Head Inn


4. Side Farm

Patterdale, Ullswater, Penrith CA11 ONL


Best for: Off-Grid Camping, Swimming, Mountain Biking, Breathtaking Views



Recommended Hike: Hellvelyn, Keswick

Side Farm keeps things simple and we love this. Situated at the southern end of Ullswater Side Farm is hugely accessible for an abundance of activities and local pit stops, making it the perfect base for exploring some amazing locations in the Lake District. With breathtaking lake views with a backdrop of rolling forest hills and peaks the pitches tick the box for those who are looking to soak it all in after a fun full day of adventuring.


Price:

Adult £12 - per person

Child £6 - per person (Aged 5-15)

Vehicle £2

Dogs £1.50

No pre-booking


Facilities:

Washing-up area

Camper Van pitches

Showers

Toilets

Pets welcome: Yes

Campfires Allowed: Off-ground BBQs only

The Local:

Glenridding has plenty of pubs and cafes to choose from

5. Grizedale

Bowkerstead Farm, Satterthwaite, Ulverston, Cumbria. LA12 8LL


Best for: Family Breaks, Walking, Mountain Biking


Recommended Hike: Latterbarrow, Ambleside

If you are looking for a tranquil camping escape then look no further. Grizedale offers stunning views and is situated at an epicentre for outdoor activities for all ages. As a family business surrounded by children, we love this site as it offers something for everyone from toddlers to full-time adventurers. Surrounded by towering trees and rolling hills to soak it all in at the end of the day, what more could you want from a site?


Price:

Price per night

Adult £8.50

U16 £3.50

Small campervans £20


Facilities:

Shower Block

Supply Shop

Toilets

On-site kitchen


Campfires Allowed: Yes


The Local:

The Eagles Head is a 10-minute walk away from the campsite


Pets welcome: Yes








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