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Campsites in The Lake District

Campsites in The Lake District

Poet William Wordsworth described the Lake District as “the loveliest spot that man has ever known” and over 15 million visitors every year seem to agree with him!

Popular locations for Lake District campsites

There are many excellent campsites in the Lake District to choose from. Scattered across the national park you will find easy-to-reach campsites west of Kendal at Newby Bridge, or around Penrith at Ullswater and Pooley Bridge. Deeper into the Lake District National Park you can opt for camping and caravanning near Lake Windermere at Ambleside.

You’ll find quieter campsites away from the crowds near Lazonby on the River Eden, or in the heart of Nether Wasdale near Wast Water, England’s deepest lake. Whether you are looking for back-to-basics camping far from the bustle of 21st century life or yearn for some home comforts in an unusual glamping retreat, camping in the Lake District has something for everyone.

Best time for camping in the Lake District

June through September are the busiest months for campsites in the Lake District when average daytime highs are a comfortable 17-19°C and showers are less frequent. The shoulder seasons have their own attractions with fewer crowds, lower prices and an abundance of spring colour and autumnal splendour provided by Mother Nature. No wonder the 19th century poets and painters of the English Romantic age were inspired by this area of outstanding natural beauty!

Things to do while camping in the Lake District

The Lake District is a mecca for camping and outdoor enthusiasts surrounded by stunning scenery and natural sights. Lake District camping provides a base for enjoying all that the Lake District National Park has to offer. Whether you are visiting solo or camping in the Lake District with a partner, family and friends, this unspoiled area offers endless opportunities for hiking, mountain biking, scenic drives, orienteering, horseback riding, train rides, sailing, kayaking, swimming, nature spotting, birdwatching, painting and photography.

Visit the lakes to go boating and fishing, ride the historic Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway from Ravenglass to Dalegarth, explore the fells or walk around the lakeshore on a day-long hike.

Plan your day carefully and you can enjoy a ploughman’s lunch at a lakeside inn, afternoon tea at a waterfront guest house and perhaps do a little window shopping around the quaint shops at Ambleside or Keswick.

Enjoy visiting a National Trust property such as Hill Top, the 17th century farmhouse home of Beatrix Potter; the neo-Gothic Wray Castle on the shores of Lake Windermere; the delightful whitewashed Townend House or perhaps tour Wordsworth House in Cockermouth, birthplace of Cumbria’s most famous poet.

Lake District camping allows you to escape the milling crowds and slow-moving traffic and get away from it all. Walking around some of the less well-known lakes and valleys, such as Great Langdale, means you can spend a whole week hiking in the national park accompanied only by grazing sheep and soaring birds of prey. At night, your cosy campsite provides a comfortable night’s sleep beneath the starry sky.

Regions of the Lake District

Scattered through the 912 square miles of the Lake District are 12 of the largest lakes in England and over 200 fells, culminating in Scafell Pike at 978 metres (3,210 feet). The Lake District is an unrivalled area of scenic viewpoints, heather-covered hillsides, gushing waterfalls, lush pastures and quintessential flint cottages in charming towns and villages.

The main regions of the Lake District include:

  • Borrowdale and Buttermere, south of Keswick
  • Lake Windermere, running south from Ambleside to Newby Bridge
  • Grizedale and Coniston Water, further west
  • Ullswater, with its historic steamers
  • North Lakes, known for their breathtaking beauty
  • Derwentwater, south of Keswick
  • Langdale,south of Grasmere
  • Wast Water in the shadow of Scafell Pike


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