Camping in the Lake District – The UK's Latest UNESCO Listed Site!

Mon 10 July, 2017

Camping in the Lake District is likely to become even more popular, thanks to it recently being awarded World Heritage Site status by UNESCO. It puts England's largest national park firmly in the world spotlight for tourism and culture, on a par with the Galapagos Islands and the Great Barrier Reef. Inevitably, this is great news for campsites and glampsites in the Lake District as more visitors are likely to put camping in the Lake District on their bucket list.

The decision to include the 885-square-mile Lake District National Park on the UNESCO World Heritage List was made on 9th July 2017 in Krakow. The result was thanks to over 30 years of campaigning by 25 organisations in the Lake District National Park Partnership, who put together the successful bid. UNESCO finally agreed with what campers in the Lake District already know – that the area is a cultural environment of international significance with a dramatic landscape that provides inspiration for art and literature in a very special corner of England. 

Already the Lake District attracts 18 million visitors every year, yet outside the bustling towns of Keswick, Ambleside and Kendal, visitors can get away from it all and enjoy scenic hikes with Herdwick sheep and wildlife for company. Many people choose camping in the Lake District to escape the rush of everyday life and enjoy the stunning scenery of the lakes, dales, pikes and fells. Camping and caravan sites in the Lake District make the perfect base for exploring this natural beauty spot by boat, on foot, mountain bike or on a scenic drive in a campervan.

Things to Do on a Lake District Camping Holiday

Staying at one of the Lake District campsites put you in the heart of this UNESCO-listed attraction. England's largest natural lake (Windermere) and its highest mountain (Scafell Pike) are both found in the Lake District with a choice of campsites and caravan parks nearby. For example, you'll find beautiful views right outside your door at Littlemere Lodges

Take a boat trip on Windermere or Coniston Water or enjoy a nostalgic cruise aboard an Ullswater steamer. These historic boats tack an 8-mile course between the tiny lakeside communities of Glenridding, Howtown, Pooley Bridge and Aira Force Pier with awe-inspiring views of Hellvellyn.

Alternatively, ride the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway or visit one of the National Trust properties from campsites in the Lake District. Hill Top was the farmhouse retreat of author Beatrix Potter, and the neo-Gothic Wray Castle is well worth visiting. Townend House is a typical 17th century farmhouse while Dove Cottage and Wordsworth House in Cockermouth both provide insight into the life of Cumbria's most famous poet, William Wordsworth.

Outdoor activities abound around Lake District campsites. Fell walking, rock climbing, horse riding, fishing, sailing, canoeing and nature spotting are popular activities in Cumbria and the area is also known as an inspirational landscape for writers, poets, artists and photographers. 

Whether you prefer a cream tea overlooking the lake or a ploughman's lunch at a remote pub near Buttermere you certainly won't be short of good food as part of your camping holiday in the Lake District.

Where to find the Best Campsites in the Lake District 

You'll find a choice of campsites and caravan parks in the Lake District to suit your needs perfectly, from back-to-basics camping to glamping in the Lake District with all the benefits of home. Mains Farm Caravan and Campsite offers spacious pitches and riverside walks close to the River Eden or perhaps Skelworth Fold Caravan Park in a serene 130-acre woodland is more to your taste.

Many campsites in the Lake District are just a short drive from the M6, making it easy to reach even for those towing caravans. Drive deeper into the national park and you will find well-equipped caravan parks on working sheep farms such as Church Stile Farm and Holiday Park in Wasdale. 

Glampsites in the Lake District

Glamping in the Lake District has really taken off in recent years with many unusual places to lay your head. Glamping retreats such as Hillcroft Park offer an unforgettable Lake District glamping experience with family-sized pods while Waterside House Campsite has six luxury glamping tents complete with futon beds, carpet and cosy fire pits!

Wherever you choose to stay on your Lake District camping holiday, we know you'll quickly see why UNESCO singled out this beautiful national park for recognition. Why not beat the rush by booking your place on a campsite or caravan park in the Lake District without delay!