5 Lake District Campsites for Your Campervan Road Trip
A must-visit area of the UK with 15.8 million annual visitors, the Lake District in Cumbria, north-west England is famous for its rugged fell mountains and vast glistening lakes. Many poets and writers have penned literary classics from their visits.
Ashes Lane, Staveley, Cumbria LA8 9JS
01539 821 119
Robin: “I collected my Paradise Compact in September and wasted no time putting it to use. Living close to the Lake District, a quick visit to the Windermere club site was in order. It’s a nice site with its own pub, which serves good quality ales. I was lucky, my maiden voyage in the new campervan was in glorious late summer weather.”
Park Gate, Coniston, Cumbria LA21 8LA
01539 441 555
Mandy: “We had a fab mid-September week in the sunshine walking in the Lake District. We camped in a glade within a large National Trust wood.” Good facilities, BBQs permitted, and there’s a dog walk from the site. You can walk to village pubs and cafés. Activities: Coniston Gondola steamboat rides, cycling, pony trekking, rock climbing and birdwatching in Grizedale Forest.
Crow Park Road, Keswick, Cumbria CA12 5EP
Jeremy & Janice: “We stayed at Keswick C&CC site on our way to Scotland.” Some pitches are right by the lake. Good facilities, grass pitches and hardstandings and there’s a pub within a mile. Stunning mountain views. Book ahead in peak season.
Brotherswater, Hartsop, Penrith CA11 0NZ
01768 482 239
Mandy & Steve: ”We stayed at Sykeside, in the Dovedale Valley, in the heart of the Lake District.” Ideal for walking holidays, it’s near Dove Crag, Hart Crag and Fairfield. From here you can stroll round Brotherswater, or do scenic drives. Brotherswater Inn is a three-minute walk from the site and offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. The campsite’s own Barn End Bar has a pool table and tabletop football. It opens at weekends in the summer and bank holidays. Sykeside is dog-friendly and open all year. There are hot showers, a laundry room, dishwashing area and a little site shop with provisions, camping gear and maps. Mobile phone and TV reception is poor but there’s satellite wifi for a small fee.
Troutbeck, Penrith CA11 0SS
Andy: “I’ve been back a week now after a long weekend at Troutbeck Caravan Club site. There are fabulous views of Skiddaw, beautiful sunsets and the best shower facilities I've ever seen on a CC site.” There’s also a games room, a playground and a dog walk. Take a lake cruise on Ullswater, try archery, quad bikes, go-karts, horse riding or clay pigeon shooting at Rookin House Farm Centre.
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A travel expert and a passionate writer with a creative spark, Kate has specialised in writing about campervans since 2008. Kate has worked for magazines such as Motor Caravan, Caravan, Practical Caravan and Practical Motorhome.