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Eskdale Campsite
Cumbria   (Browse area)
CA19 1TH   See Map
Tel: 019467 23253  or  019467 23270
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Pitches: 100
Open: 01/03 To 14/01

Rating: Average Review Score: 9/10 from 200 Reviews
                9/10 from 200 Reviews

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Who's it for
 Adults Only   Club Members Only   Rallies Welcome   Naturist Site 
 Dogs Welcome   No Dogs Allowed   Groups Welcome   Motorbikers Welcome 
 Toilet Facilities   Hot Showers   Washing Up   Bathroom 
 Baby Changing Facilities   Laundry On Site   Drinking Water   Disabled Friendly 
 Chemical Disposal   Battery Charging   Gas Exchange   Recycling Facilities 
 Kitchen Facilities   Freezer Available    Motorhome Point   Fully Serviced Pitches 
 Shop On Site   Bar <1 mile   Restaurant <1 mile   Wifi Access 
 Kids Playground   TV Room   Games Room   Evening Entertainment 
 Fishing <5 miles   Wild Swimming   Indoor Pool   Outdoor Pool 
 Horse Riding   Cycle Hire <1 mile   Golf <1 mile   Tennis 
 Beach   Watersports   Boat Launch / Mooring 
Other Features
 Sea Views   Working Farm   Campfires Allowed   Open All Year 
 Waterside Location   Dog Walk   Public Transport <1 mile 

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Date of Visit: June 2014 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Fudge59 21 reviews from this member

Wonderful, wonderful site in a tiny village away from the coast. Pitches not too crowded together, nice views of the hills, although there isn't too much evening sun (even in June) because of the valley location. Good shop with local real ale, friendly staff, excellent facilities.

Nice walks from the site, we walked down to Ravenglass and took the train back up. There's also a good walk over to Wastwater, and many others, a glance at the OS map will give you many ideas.

We had a great meal at Brooke House Inn, and would recommend.

All in all an idyllic site for a stay, would go back in a heartbeat.

Date of Visit: May 2014 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Wallyjg 3 reviews from this member

Just returned from the bank holiday weekend at this wonderful campsite. The staff couldn't have been more helpful. They even helped us out with a bulb which we failed to bring! Pitches were lovely and flat and even though it was busy due to it being a bank holiday, tents were still well placed. Have three fields for tents as well as pods and a camping barn so the choices here are endless. We also didn't need to use the car for the whole weekend as there are plenty of walks right from the site. We opted not to go over hardknott but instead went over birker fell. What a lovely drive to the site. Well worth the effort to get to this place. The shop has everything you could possibly need and although a little pricey, they are what you expect from a convenience store. Plus everything was fresh and because it was busy they even extended their opening hours to accommodate. Toilet block was spotless, showers lovely and hot. Miss the site already and can't wait too go back. Thank you for a wonderful weekend!

Date of Visit: May 2014 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Neltek 5 reviews from this member

Second visit here since it was taken over by the Camping and Caravanning Club.

This time went up with my 27 year old Khyam Igloo and newer atrium/porch.

No electric for me this time as just my 6 year old son and me.

The journey up from Worcestershire was awful and we didn't arrive till 22:30! I rang ahead and explained apologetically. They were great. When we arrived they came down upon me ringing from the phone at reception.

Again a lovely flat pitch. My son loved it - great adventure playground with tree swings and fun stuff. He also had lots of large field area to ride round on his bike.

Facilities are great - clean toilets, family room, washing up room and well stocked shop.

Staff were wonderful and couldn't do enough to help, dealing with panicky son when I had gone to do washing up, jump starting my car etc.

The area is lovely with amazing walks on the doorstep where you will hardly meet anyone all day, 2 pubs, a mill, a mini steam train that travels to the coast.

Fantastic site

Date of Visit: May 2014 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: Raston 7 reviews from this member

We booked here last minute over the latest bank holiday weekend and we were not disappointed. The toilets were nice and clean with even fresh flowers in the toilets. Stunning views surround this site and with 3 local pubs within walking distance, I would not hesitate coming back. The pitches are not marked out, just lots of lovely grass for you to enjoy. Tents and campervans are pitched together which us always good to know if you have a mixed party. The people running the site were very friendly and happy to help with any issues we had. They even offer a newspaper ordering service which we took advantage of. There is a little park for the younger ones on the site and seemed to keep them happy.

The roads are a bit precarious if you are in a larger camper or motorhome and some of the roads leading to the site are single track with occasional passing points but please do not let this put you off - it's worth the effort! Sat nav stopped some way short of the site but if you carry on down the same road you'll find the place.

The Dalegarth railway is a few minutes walk from the campsite and takes you on a ride lasting 40 minutes to Ravenglass. We did this trip when they were having a family day on and they were painting children's faces on the platform. We had a nice friendly welcome at the Ratty Arms and enjoyed a nice meal there.

I would highly recommend this campsite, beautiful setting and it has a couple of pubs in your doorstep to keep you well watered and fed.

Date of Visit: April 2014 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: LakesAdam 3 reviews from this member

To sum up this site - PERFECT!

We live locally in the Lakes so we tend to visit other areas outside of the Lake District, however this is this the only site we regularly visit inside the Lakes.

The site is run by the owner and his wife, very friendly and helpful. The site is immaculately kept at all times as well as the toilet / shower bloke with Lakeland slate floors, power showers (free) as well as a family shower room. The site is completely flat with both grass and hard-standing pitches. There is no mobile signal! But fortunately they have Wi-Fi available which covers the whole site.

Surrounded by fells, this is ideally for walkers of all levels to get out in the fresh air. Itís also less than a 5 minute walk to the Lalí Ratty steam train which connects through to Ravenglass Ė a must with kids! Reception is combined with a shop selling the essentials.

The site is also graced with three country pubs all within a short walking distance, all three offer really good food and real ales and they are all dog/child friendly. I would take a torch if you returning late as the roads are very dark Ė no light pollution here!

NOTE: There are two ways to get to the site, via Wrynose Pass or via Eskdale. If you are carrying a heavy load or towing you MUST go via Eskdale as you will not get over Wrynose (even with a 4x4) because itís very steep with very tight turns. Caravans will bottom-out.

Date of Visit: April 2014 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Marty2711 8 reviews from this member

Okay, first things first - if you are faint hearted DON'T get to Eskdale via the Hardknott Pass, it's a mountain pass that at times doesn't let you out of first gear (and we drive a 2L Volkswagen 4x4). RAC route planner took us this way because in theory it is about 6 miles shorter than the alternative route. Go the main roads via Carlisle or Cockermouth.

Right, now that's out of the way the site itself. We got there fairly late on, probably about 7. 30pm. The owner, Martin had waited back for us to arrive. We quickly went through the efficient booking in process and he told us where was available, pretty much allowing us to decide for ourselves. We picked against the wall in a large field. The site wasn't busy and because of the previous week's Dubfest and the accompanying rain, the field was wet in places but our bit was bone dry. All the other campers apart from a handful of backpackers were sited on the other part of the grounds.

Hasty pitching of our tent and once we and the children were fed and watered we went exploring for what was left of the daylight. A swingpark, a rope swing, some woods and plenty of space for the children to safely run about. Exactly as it said on the tin and perfect for what we were looking for.

When I read the reviews that most others have written and posted about Eskdale, I must admit, I was a bit sceptical. 'All these 10 out of 10's - they're writing their own reviews' was my first thought.

I now know why people love this place. Infact I was going to score it a 1 out of 10 so as to keep it a hidden secret!

The facilities are second to none that we've experienced. The toilets are immaculate, the showers are powerful and toasty as well. There's a family room which will easliy accomodate 4, washed dried and ready for the days adventures! The shop is well laid out, not cluttered, and sells all the essentials as well as some local butchery products. Eskdale is quiet at night and easy going during the day, no loud music and no obvious drink fuelled shenanigans!

The very Health and Safety concious owner (!) is probably the friendliest site owner I've met. He chats away and makes sure you know enough of what is around the area so as your visit is made really worthwhile. We had some laughs talking about my job as a Safety Advisor!

There are three or four pubs nearby, two of which are 5 minutes walk and the narrow guage Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway station is 200 yards along the road. There are hill walks and forest treks literally at the site and plenty of things to explore. If all you want to do is kick back relax and enjoy the scenery then you'll be stretched to get it much better.

All in all, a gem of a place, lovingly cared for and with a clear plan to keep it getting better.

We'll definitely go back!


Date of Visit: April 2014 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Lineky 5 reviews from this member

Fantastic site in a stunning location. This site was better than we could have hoped. The owner's service was excellent; the facilities were immaculate at all times ; showers were piping hot and there were even fresh flowers in the loos! Not necessary but nice. The shop was very well stocked and reasonably priced. Best of all the site still felt like a campsite and not a holiday park.

Our pitch was flat and well drained, there were some boggy patches due to the recent very wet weather but we were guided to the best available pitch.

Our 4 year old loved the site as there was a great play area, stream, and wild areas just outside the site. The area itself has a huge choice of walks for all ages and abilities. The Ravenglass to Eskdale railway terminates at Dalegarth a whole 5 min walk along the road much to our daughter's delight.

We had fantastic food at the Brook Inn which is practically next door.

Overall I can find no fault with this site and we are already planning our next visit!

Date of Visit: April 2014 Unit:  Other Rating:
Reviewer: Johnschris 1 review from this member

It was our first visit to this campsite for their first Dubfest!

We stayed in one of the pods No 8, my daughter and her boyfriend in No 9 and our friends in No 7. Two other family members had camper vans.

The site is very clean as are all the facilities

Lovely hot showers.

Shop has coffee/tea & toast making facilities for anyone who camps lightly!

The Local pubs are welcoming and because of the rainy weather we spent most of our weekend in them!

The boys tried one of the £18. 50 a shot whisky's at The Brook House. The Boot Inn had a BBQ and entertainment on the Saturday evening but we didn't stay for that!

An army truck ride to and from The Woolpack was one of our hi lights :) excellent pub good Guinness and food.

It was the weather that let down our weekend as we do like to walk and enjoy the scenery. It let down the activities that were put on and for them I felt sorry for! Archery and bike hire packed up early with not many people taking part!

If only the sunshine was guaranteed!

Date of Visit: March 2014 Unit:  Other Rating:
Reviewer: KJL2020 1 review from this member

6 of us stayed in the camping barn for 2 nights from Friday 28th March to Sunday 30th March. The camping barn is on two levels: the lower one has the fully fitted kitchen including a large table with two benches and a log burner, whilst the upper one is where the camp beds are laid out. When we arrived, it had just been mopped. It was very clean and had everything you could need, including a plentiful supply of wood and kindling for the log burner. We all agreed that it would be very difficult to even contemplate going back to sleeping under canvas when you can stay in a heated, well equipped barn for not much more per person. The toilet/shower blocks were immaculate and the whole site was very tidy. A real credit to the owners. The Brook House Inn is no more than 5 minutes gentle walk away and serve a great Sirloin steak with peppercorn sauce (amongst other things). We had breakfast there on one morning - £12 for a bit of everything including a cooked breakfast. We felt this was a bit pricey considering the quality of the breakfast (not horrendous and it meant we didn't have to cook, but I wouldn't rush back for the breakfast). A real shame as their evening meals were delicious and we ate there on both nights. We will definitely be going back to the camping barn!

Date of Visit: October 2013 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Deb Couch 3 reviews from this member

A must for another holiday! Warm welcome from the warden always helpful with good advice and weather reports. Toilets and showers good and spotlessly clean as were the chemical disposal area, laundry room, drying room etc. Useful tourist information in the telephone room. Licensed shop holds very useful items including good meat from the local butcher. Surrounded by luscious green grass that is kept short.

The Ravenglass and Eskdale Small Railway great for transport further afield or the roads are quiet enough to cycle in October. Two pubs even closer for meals if required. Nearest groceries at Eskdale Green.

The added bonus is the access to the more rugged areas for many lovely walks.

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