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Baystone Bank Farm Campsite

4.5 (46 reviews)

Situated in the south western Lake District National Park in Cumbria, in our very own Whicham Valley. This gorgeous little valley is an undiscovered gem, with great views across to Coniston, Duddon, and into the heart of the Lake District, but without the crowding of the Central Lakes it remains a wonderful, quiet area to camp.

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Lake District camping on a working farm with a stream to splash in, campfires encouraged and a horse-riding centre on the doorstep so you can tour the local scenery in style.

The view from your doorstep will take your breath away, while at night the stars shine so brightly. On a full moon you won’t even need a torch. Grass pitches are located alongside our beautiful shallow running stream, ideal of the children to play! All our main site pitches are close to the facilities (no more than 4 minutes’ walk) and each pitch is level with it’s very own fire pit area to ensure every night has a campfire. If you forgot wood, do not worry, we sell bags onsite!

We can facilitate tents, campervans, motorhomes, caravans, dogs, cats, you name it! Grass pitches are located alongside a beautiful shallow running stream which is ideal for children to play in. The pitches are level and each one has its own fire pit area for campfires (logs sold onsite). Most pitches are close to the facilities.

Hardstanding pitches are slightly elevated overlooking the Whicham Valley. Each pitch is level and has its own fire pit area for campfires.

To the south is the Baystone Bank, where our farm name comes from. The ancient woodland on the bank and alongside the stream provides shelter for a wealth of birds and other wildlife, with the occasional deer and plenty of buzzards. If you like the idea of a small and peaceful campsite based on a working farm with sheep, cows and horses meandering around, and buzzards soaring overhead, look no further.

Across the meadow is Baystone Bank Farm’s very own horse riding centre, Cumbrian Heavy Horses. It is the world’s only BHS-approved Heavy Horse Riding Centre, with magnificent shire horses with their great shaggy feet along with other breeds such as the Clydesdale, Ardennes and the rare Suffolk Punch. There are miles of fabulous riding routes on the private farmland and beyond and a variety of horses to suit all levels of experience. Rides are carefully organised as instructional hacks, with tuition, with children’s short rides, 1 hour and longer for more experienced riders.

For those who prefer to stay on their own two feet, there are endless walking opportunities. A series of footpaths run through the farm, with routes up both Black and White Combe (the foothills are accessible from the campsite) and the rest of the National Park on your doorstep.

Coniston Water (10 miles) is the closest of the main lakes nearby, but there are several smaller tarns that you can walk around, too including Rydal Water and Tarn Hows. Grizedale Forest is only 30 minutes drive away and offers miles of fabulous off road mountain biking.

We have an onsite café called The Big Horse Shop and Café, selling a variety of hot foods, hot drinks and menu items ranging from Full English to burgers. We open daily between April and October from 8am until 5pm. It’s just a 5-minute drive or a half hour walk to The Punch Bowl Inn in the local village of Hallthwaites.

Availability

Hard Standing with electric

  • Max 2 pets
  • Caravans
  • Motorhomes
  • Campervans
  • Tents
  • Folding caravans
  • Trailer tents
  • RVs
  • Fifth wheels

Hard Standing pitches with electric hook up, grey water disposal, and a firepit for your BBQ fun!

Hard Standing pitches with electric hook up, grey water disposal, and a firepit for your BBQ fun! Each pitch comes with hard standing for two vehicles, so can accommodate e.g. a motorhome and space to relax or a caravan and a car. Each pitch has a small grass space next to it.

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Grass pitch with car parking next to the stream

  • Max 2 pets
  • Caravans
  • Motorhomes
  • Campervans
  • Tents
  • Folding caravans
  • Trailer tents
  • RVs
  • Fifth wheels

Grass pitches by the stream, with car access immediately to it. Family friendly.

Grass pitches by the stream, with car access immediately to it. Family friendly. Can accommodate a modest tent for up to four people and a car. Suitable for camping or a small campervan . No electric hook up available. Has a firepit!

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Grass pitch with metered electric and car parking

  • 5+ pets
  • Caravans
  • Motorhomes
  • Campervans
  • Tents
  • Folding caravans
  • Trailer tents
  • RVs
  • Fifth wheels

Grass electric pitches on meters, suitable for a modest sized tent and a car or a small campervan wishing to hook up.

Grass electric pitches, suitable for a modest sized tent and a car or a small campervan wishing to hook up. Unfortunately these pitches are not suitable for heavy campers as the grass pitches naturally can get softer in consistently wet weather. These pitches include electric meters with an allowance of £1 per day.

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Grass pitch next to the stream Car fee zone

  • Max 2 pets
  • Caravans
  • Motorhomes
  • Campervans
  • Tents
  • Folding caravans
  • Trailer tents
  • RVs
  • Fifth wheels

Grass pitches across the stream, this is a car free area, with no car access or parking next to your tent.

Grass pitches across the stream, this is a car free area, with no car access or parking next to your tent. This means it is peaceful, and feels like wild camping – almost! It’s a family friendly area, with fire pits on all pitches, and access to the stream for your children to play! To unload, there is a good sized parking area and we have some wheelbarrows if it helps!

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Main Site Grass pitch Car Free Zone

  • Max 2 pets
  • Caravans
  • Motorhomes
  • Campervans
  • Tents
  • Folding caravans
  • Trailer tents
  • RVs
  • Fifth wheels

Grass pitches across from the stream on the main site with no car parking next to your tent or car access.

Grass pitches across from the stream on the main site with no car parking next to your tent or car access. Family friendly. Fire pits on all pitches. Parking is in the main car park or at the far end of the site dependent on your pitch!

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Located in the farm orchard, our new wooden decking areas with four beautiful furnished bell tents have a double bed, fairy lights and bunting galore! Kids can run free, enjoying the stream or relacing by the bell tent on the table and chairs enjoying the firelight (fire pits by side of decking, no BBQ or Fire on the decking PLEASE)

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Located on the terrace overlooking the campsite, these beautiful furnished bell tents have a double bed, fairy lights and bunting galore! Kids can run free, enjoying the stream or relacing by the bell tent on the table and chairs enjoying the firelight (fire pits by side of decking, no BBQ or Fire on the decking PLEASE)

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Located in our Farm Orchard on newly furnished wooden decking, these new beautiful furnished bell tents have a double bed, fairy lights and bunting galore! Kids can run free, enjoying the stream or relaxing by the bell tent on the table and chairs enjoying the firelight (fire pits by side of decking, no BBQ or Fire on the decking PLEASE)

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Tent Grass Pitches - Bramless Fixed Pitches

  • 5+ pets
  • Caravans
  • Motorhomes
  • Campervans
  • Tents
  • Folding caravans
  • Trailer tents
  • RVs
  • Fifth wheels

This big field is a large, wide open space above the main campsite.

This big field is a large, wide open space above the main campsite. As a more exposed area, there are headrows to hug and a stunning view down the valley! It has a water point for you and access to the temporary toilet block in between the two fields Bramless and Little Mead. Sites 24, 25, 26, 27, 29 and 30.

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Tent Grass Pitches - Little Mead

  • Max 2 pets
  • Caravans
  • Motorhomes
  • Campervans
  • Tents
  • Folding caravans
  • Trailer tents
  • RVs
  • Fifth wheels

This big field is a large, wide open space above the main campsite with free camping, so pick your spot!

This big field is a large, wide open space above the main campsite with free camping, so pick your spot! It has minimal shelter so if it’s very windy be aware of this! The upside is as the highest part of the campsite, the views are 360 all around you and simply stunning. It has two water points for you and access to the temporary toilet block in between the two fields Bramless and Little Mead.

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Tent Grass Pitches - Bramless (vehicle access)

  • Max 2 pets
  • Caravans
  • Motorhomes
  • Campervans
  • Tents
  • Folding caravans
  • Trailer tents
  • RVs
  • Fifth wheels

This big field is a large, wide open space above the main campsite.

This big field is a large, wide open space above the main campsite. As a more exposed area, there are headrows to hug and a stunning view down the valley! It has a water point for you and access to the temporary toilet block in between the two fields Bramless and Little Mead. Site 28 only as it has vehicle access.

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Tent Grass Pitches - Bramless

  • Max 2 pets
  • Caravans
  • Motorhomes
  • Campervans
  • Tents
  • Folding caravans
  • Trailer tents
  • RVs
  • Fifth wheels

This big field is a large, wide open space above the main campsite.

This big field is a large, wide open space above the main campsite. As a more exposed area, there are headrows to hug and a stunning view down the valley! It has a water point for you and access to the temporary toilet block in between the two fields Bramless and Little Mead. Site 31 - 44.

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Motorbike Pitch

  • Max 1 pet
  • Caravans
  • Motorhomes
  • Campervans
  • Tents
  • Folding caravans
  • Trailer tents
  • RVs
  • Fifth wheels

For those who are just one person, their tent and their motorbike, we want to accommodate those who don't need so much for space or utility. With the owner, Annie, being an ex-motorbike club veteran she loves seeing beautiful two wheelers on her campsite, so what better way than to offer our pitches at reduced rates!

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46 Reviews

All reviews featured on Campstead.com have been submitted by genuine customers who have stayed at the park.


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Hidden gem

Brown, Gemma - 11/04/2024

4

Gorgeous hidden gem. Owners helpful and caring. Beautiful scenery and little stream. Only downfall was the wardens Ann and Tony. Everything seemed to be a problem that you asked for, no people skills. Spoke to us in a tone of voice that made you feel unwelcome and overall the only bad part of the experience.

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Beautiful hidden gem

Delaney-Cain, Kirsty - 09/04/2024

5

The location of the site is great! Plenty of walks nearby, up on the fell or up to Swinside Stone Circle. The staff on site are amazing, Ann and Tony are just the best wardens. They're so accommodating and nothing is too much for them. They are super friendly and so welcoming. Ste in the cafe is an incredible chef! His food is unreal!! He has many hidden talents, so make sure you pop in when you visit.

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I

Lovely location, very helpful staff, good amenities.

Ide, Stuart - 08/11/2023

4

Even though we stayed here during a storm, we thoroughly enjoyed getting out and walking and taking in the beautiful views. The staff were very friendly and helpful and the amenities are very usable. The horses are very friendly too.

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Happy campersbri

Clarke, Stephen - 03/10/2023

5

Brilliant time had, toilets were very clean, staff very friendly, im not saying anymore, go and find out for yourselves.

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Good facilities

Bobolecki, Nick - 20/09/2023

4

Good facilities and kept clean.Lovely views.River running through the campsite was lovely also.

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The whole campsite was excellent

Olley, Caroline - 20/09/2023

5

I was happy with everything all the scenery the horses and the area is close to most places, the staff are amazing, Ann and Tony the wardens are so so nice, Steve from the cafe is brilliant and such a happy chap and Jamie for all his help, showers lovely and hot and plenty of room to move! And as for the horses WOW they are amazing!! I would recommend this site to everyone as it was amazing! Thankyou!

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Great stay and lovely campsite

James, Gemma - 14/09/2023

4

This is the second time I’ve stayed at bay stone, the kids love the horses and sheep, the stream was a god send as the weather was really hot, the facilities are clean, showers are great and big enough to fit a pram in!! The campsite isn’t far from the beach at Haverigg, local shops at millom and the lakes so a great location overall. The only thing I would say is logs are provided for fires (obviously at a cost) but not kindling?! so that would a great edition for next year

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Excellent site, clean, friendly, beautiful.

Wood, Holly - 03/09/2023

5

Excellent clean friendly beautiful site. Staff helpful and accessible.

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Nice welcome

Ramshaw, Yvonne - 03/09/2023

4

Great little site, Ann and Les made us feel welcome, they have a little shop and come around and sell logs for the fire pit.Great weekend 🙌 👌 ☺

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Great camp site would recommend

Dale, Nick - 02/09/2023

5

Laid back camp site, clean and tidy friendly staff and beautiful views. The kids loved playing in the stream and going to see the horses too! Enjoyed our stay here would recommend for family’s/couples

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Summary

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