10 of the Best Campsites in Lake District

Campsites Lake District

Looking for the best campsites in the Lake District? Look no further! We have curated a list of the top 10 best campsites in this beautiful area of England.

The Lake District is known for its stunning scenery and its many lakes, so what better place to camp? Whether you are looking for a quiet and secluded campsite or one that is close to some of the hustle and bustle areas like Bowness-on-Windermere have to offer, we have something for everyone on our list.

So pack your camping gear and lets dive into our top 10 campsites in the Lake District for an unforgettable camping experience!

Castlerigg Hall Caravan and Camping Park, Keswick
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Castlerigg Hall Caravan and Camping Park

Hall Caravan Camping, Castlerigg, Keswick CA12 4TE

Castlerigg Hall Caravan and Camping Park is located in Keswick and is one of the most popular campsites in the Lake District. It has stunning views of Derwentwater and the surrounding fells, and there are plenty of walks nearby for those who want to explore. The campsite also has a shop, laundry facilities, and a children’s play area.

Castlerigg Hall Caravan and Camping Park is the perfect place for those who want to be close to all the action but still have a peaceful and scenic campsite. It is also great for families as there are plenty of facilities and things to do nearby.

Pro’s:

  • Stunning views
  • Close to town centre
  • Laundry facilities
  • Children’s play area

Con’s:

  • Can be crowded during peak season
  • Not as secluded as some campsites
Keswick Camping and Caravanning Club Site, Keswick
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Keswick Camping and Caravanning Club Site

Crow Park Rd, Keswick CA12 5EP

Keswick Camping and Caravanning Club Site is a great option for those looking for a quiet and secluded campsite. We have personally visited this site and we wrote our honest review of the Keswick Camping Site here. It is located in the heart of the Lake District and right on Derwentwater Lake surrounded by stunning mountain scenery. The campsite has basic facilities but does have a shop and laundry room.

Keswick Camping and Caravanning Club Site is the perfect place for those who want to get away from it all and enjoy the peace and quiet of the Lake District. It is also great for families as there are plenty of walks and things to do nearby.

Pro’s:

  • Amazing views
  • Lots of walking and biking routes
  • Playground for children
  • Close to town centre

Con’s:

  • Laundry room closes at 7pm
  • Toilet facilities can be quite far away
Low Wray Campsite, Ambleside
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Low Wray Campsite

Low Wray, Ambleside LA22 0JA

Low Wray Campsite is located in Ambleside and is one of the best campsites in the Lake District for those who want to be close to all the action. It is situated right on Windermere Lake and has stunning views of the surrounding mountains. The campsite has plenty of facilities including a shop, laundry room, and children’s play area.

Low Wray Campsite is the perfect place for those who want to be close to all the action but still have a peaceful and scenic campsite. It is also great for families as there are plenty of facilities and things to do nearby.

Pro’s:

  • Stunning views
  • Great walks
  • Lakeside pitches
  • Boat hire available

Con’s:

  • Can be crowded during peak season
  • Site is a little hilly
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Windermere Camping and Caravanning Club Site

Ashes Ln, Staveley, Kendal LA8 9JS

Windermere Camping and Caravanning Club Site is a great option for those looking for a quiet and secluded campsite. It is located in Kendal with countryside views and just a short drive from Windermere Lake. The campsite has basic facilities but does have a shop a pub on site.

Windermere Camping and Caravanning Club Site is the perfect place for those who want to get away from it all and enjoy the peace and quiet of the Lake District.

Pro’s:

  • Quiet and secluded
  • Great walks
  • Laundry facilities
  • Pub on site

Con’s:

  • Basic campsite facilities
  • Not as close to the lake as some campsites
Waterside House Campsite, Howtown, Penrith
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Waterside House Campsite

Waterside House Campsite, Howtown, Penrith CA10 2NA

Waterside House Campsite is located in Howtown and is one of the best campsites in the Lake District for those who want to be close to all the action. It is situated right on Ullswater Lake with stunning views of the surrounding mountains. The campsite has plenty of facilities including an on site cafe.

Waterside House Campsite is great for those who enjoy water sports as you can hire canoes, kayaks and paddle boards to go on Ullswater Lake.

Pros:

  • Stunning views
  • Great for water sports
  • Lakeside pitches
  • On site cafe

Con’s:

  • Can be crowded during peak season
  • Working farm, cows noisy
Park Cliffe Camping & Caravan Estate, Windermere
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Park Cliffe Camping & Caravan Estate

Birks Rd, Windermere LA23 3PG

Park Cliffe Camping & Caravan Estate is a great option for those looking for a campsite with countryside views and just a short drive from Lake Windermere. The campsite has plenty of facilities including a shop, laundry room, children’s play area and an on site restaurant.

This site boasts plenty of options to stay with them from camping in a tent, to motorhome and caravan pitches, camping pods, static caravans, huts and self-catering cottages.

Pro’s:

  • Stunning views
  • Great for families
  • Lots of on site facilities
  • Variety of accommodation options

Con’s:

  • The site is not well lit at night
  • Pub and restaurant not dog friendly
The Quiet Site Ullswater, Penrith
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The Quiet Site

Ullswater, Penrith CA11 0LS

The Quiet Site Ullswater is a great campsite for those who want to get away from it all and enjoy the peace and quiet of the Lake District. It is located in Penrith with countryside views and just a short drive from Ullswater Lake. The campsite has plenty of facilities including an on site zero waste shop and pub.

This is the only campsite to have won a Queens award due to it’s sustainable credentials.

Pro’s:

  • Quiet and secluded
  • Great walks
  • On site zero waste shop
  • Pub on site

Con’s:

  • Expensive
  • Tight road access
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Syke Farm Campsite

Cockermouth, CA13 9XA

Syke Farm Campsite is a great option for those looking for a campsite with stunning views and just a short drive from Cockermouth. You can either camp in tents, hire one of their Yurts or Shepards huts but it’s important to note there are not pitches available for Motorhomes or Caravans.

The campsite has a back to basics, laid back vibe really focussing in on camping in nature. It’s secluded and peaceful unlike the hustle and bustle other campsites in the Lake District.

Pros:

  • Secluded location
  • Great for families
  • Back to basics camping
  • Dog friendly

Con’s:

  • Only basic facilities
  • Only 1 male shower
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Derwentwater Camping and Caravanning Club Site

Crow Park Rd, Keswick CA12 5EN

Derwentwater Camping and Caravanning Club Site is a great option for those looking for a campsite with stunning views of Derwentwater Lake but within walking distance to the market town of Keswick.

This site is a firm favourite for tourists who love explore with plenty of walking routes on your doorstep and access to lots of local amenities.

Pro’s:

  • Stunning views of Derwentwater
  • Great for exploring
  • Access to lots of local amenities
  • Level pitches

Con’s:

  • Can get very busy during peak season
  • Not much privacy between pitches
Gillside Camping and Caravan Park, Ullswater
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Gillside Camping and Caravan Park

Gillside Farm, Glenridding, Penrith CA11 0QQ

Gillside Camping and Caravan Park is a great option for those looking for a campsite close to Ullswater Lake. The campsite is situated on a working farm next to Glenridding and Ullswater at the foot of Helvellyn.

This site can accommodate tent pitches, caravans and motorhomes or campervans all with electric hookup.

Pro’s:

  • Owners very friendly
  • Great for walks
  • Dog friendly
  • Quiet

Con’s:

  • Toilets and showers outdated
  • Not many water points

So there you have it, our pick of the top 10 best campsites in the Lake District for a great camping trip. Whether you’re looking for stunning views, peace and quiet or easy access to amenities, there’s sure to be a campsite on this list that’s perfect for you. So what are you waiting for? Start planning your next adventure!

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