Keswick Camping and Caravanning Club Site: Honest Review

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Written By kampafam

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If you’re looking for a lakeside campsite in the stunning Lake District close to Keswick, there aren’t many options for you. The Keswick Camping and Caravanning Club Site is one of the very few campsites in Keswick where you can experience stunning views, the town charm of Keswick and find some spectacular walking routes.

The location of this Keswick camping site is idyllic, set in the heart of the Lake District near the town but right on Derwentwater Lake. This makes it popular with walkers, ramblers, cyclists and all those that enjoy water-sports on the Lake.

Overview of Keswick Campsite

Keswick Camping and Caravanning Club Site is situated directly on the shores of Derwentwater lake, just a 10-minute stroll from the centre of Keswick town. This campsite is the perfect base for exploring or participating in some water sports as it has it’s own access to lake Derwentwater. However, there are charges for doing any water activities from the campsite, so don’t get caught out.

Facilities at Keswick Campsite

Keswick Camping and Caravanning Club Site provides all of the basic facilities you expect from a Camping and Caravan Club Site and more. We got to experience a few of them first-hand and would say they were clean and modern-ish.

Here’s an overview of the facilities:

  • Toilets & Showers
  • Laundry Facilities (Although close after 6pm)
  • Onsite Basic Shop in Reception
  • Access to Derwentwater Lake
  • Children’s Playground Area
  • Motorhome Service Point
  • Water Taps, Waste Water and Elsan Points
  • Some Backpacker Facilities
  • Pets are Allowed

Pitch Types at Keswick Campsite

The Keswick campsite caters to all camping styles, from traditional back-to-basics tent camping to accommodating for larger Motorhomes. You’ll find a vast array of camping styles on this site, and we even saw people using quite a few tent roof boxes on top of cars.

Here are the pitch types available:

  • Grass Only Pitch (No Electric)
  • Grass Pitch (With Electric Hook-Up)
  • Hardstanding (With Electric Hook-Up)
  • Hardstanding Super Pitch (Electric, Water & Waste)
  • Grass Pitch Large (With Electric Hook-Up)
  • Camping Pods and Dens

There’s a couple of things we noted with the pitches on this campsite. Some grass pitches can be found in between or sometimes directly behind a hardstanding pitch, so cars seem to be driving and accessing those pitches from all angles.

We also noted that the hardstanding pitches in the middle of the campsite are close together. They would be fine if only motorhomes were accessing them, but when there was a caravan with an awning and then a car parked next to that, there was barely a meter between everything. It’s probably fine for all health and safety aspects, but it does look a little cramped in and overwhelming.

Things To Do at Keswick Campsite

The main attraction here is the location, but we also found this a hugely popular site for people bringing their SUP’s (Paddleboards) and canoes to launch from Derwentwater shores.

Besides this, the site had a decent play park for the kids as far as Camping and Caravan Club Sites go. There are lots of walks accessible near to the campsite, and a short 10-minute stroll will bring you into the centre of Keswick town, which has some beautiful independent shops, bars and restaurants. You’ll fill your time for a few days with things to do from this campsite whilst taking in some of the stunning scenery forming the backdrop of Derwentwater.

Things to Note Keswick Campsite

This is a really busy campsite, and when we mean busy, we mean probably a little too busy for our liking, but that’s a personal preference. You will find it challenging to find pitch availability, especially during the kid’s school holidays: people book this place months, even years in advance.

We managed to find a last-minute cancellation, so our advice would be to check maybe 48 hours before you want to go and see if any pitch allocations become available.

Our Thoughts about Keswick Campsite

If you overlook the slightly cramped pitches, then Keswick Camping and Caravanning Club Site has a lot to offer and serves as an incredible location to explore the area. To be honest, it’s one of the very few campsites near Keswick where you can please all the family.

This is the perfect place to do some water sports, especially if you have your own SUP’s (Paddle-boards) or canoes. If you don’t have your own, a short 5-minute stroll around the lake will take you to a place where you can take ferry rides or hire boats to explore the stunning scenery from lake Derwentwater itself.

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