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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 

Reviews:  200 in total, now showing 41 to 50                 Previous 10          Next 10
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Date of Visit: June 2013 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: CVM17 8 reviews from this member

Stayed for the five nights of the Boot Real Ale Festival. A great festival, and enjoyed another with even more real ales just down the dale at the George IV. We enjoyed great weather and worked up a thirst by cycling and walking up hill and down dale. So much to enjoy in this beautiful dale and the ideally located Eskdale campsite could not be a better place to stay.

Everybody you meet - campsite warden, publicans, local people, La'al Ratty staff, other campers - is so friendly. We first stayed here in 2004. A great site then, but facilities are much improved since it became a club franchise. Very hot water at all times now compared to luke warm (50 pence charge) in 2004, but as you would expect for a club site. Need more loos for busy times and a site of this size could do with another facilities block. Not so much of a problem for motorhomers, but campers need to be up very early to avoid queues at busy times!

It will not be nine years before we return again!

Date of Visit: May 2013 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Johnson1007 1 review from this member

We were made very welcome and they were very helpful. The site was perfect. Clean facilities, quiet and with lovely views.

Date of Visit: May 2013 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Jonjules 5 reviews from this member

Just returned from this lovely site. We got a 2 day break just after the bank holiday rush and got the best of the weather.

Check in was very quick and we were shown available pitches although nearly everyone on site was packing up and we could possibly of pitched anywhere.

Facilities were immaculate and the wardens were very helpful and informative. The area is beautiful and the views from the site are amazing.

We tried the 2 pubs that are very close to the site and was very impressed with the friendliness of the staff.

The drive round to Wasdale Head along the shore of Wast Water is stunning.

We will definitely return soon to this site and would recommend highly.

Date of Visit: March 2013 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Backro981 1 review from this member

Spent 4 days at this wonderful campsite over Easter. The site is in a spectacular location, much more so than you would think from the website photos. The staff are very friendly and accommodating, the facilities are about the cleanest I have ever seen and there is a very useful shop on site. The village of Boot has a couple of good pubs and there is another called the Woolpack a mile or two down the Hardknott Pass. This area is a walkers paradise, there are walks of all levels of difficulty from an excellent approach to Scafell Pike to a completely flat walk alongside the River Esk. Its a great spot, I cant recommend it, or the site, highly enough.

Date of Visit: March 2013 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Ajbibs 17 reviews from this member

Just come back from a 3 day break over the Easter B. Hol weekend at Eskdale - fantastic site, fantastic location. Located in the Western Lakes, this CCC site caters for tents, motorhomes & trailer tents but not caravans.

All the facilities on site are what you’d expect from a club site – heated showers and toilet block, dish wish and laundry facilities, drying room (if you need it), chemical disposal and two children’s play area, all maintained to an extremely high standard. Reception also doubles up as the shop which is manned by the wardens who can’t seem to do enough.

The only slight drawback that’s worth mentioning is the shower / toilets could do with being bigger – only 3 of each in the gents so not sure what it would be like in the high of summer when the site is full (presume the ladies are the same).

There’s no actual dog walk on site but having said that, it doesn’t need one as there are plenty of walks starting direct from site heading off in all directions. The majority of pitching is on grass but if needed, there is a hard standing area close to reception that can be used. Electric hooks are available but mobile and TV reception is limited.

The site itself is located a matter of minutes walk from the village of Boot where you’ll find pubs serving food and are dog friendly. As previously said, the site is ideal for walking from so no need to move the car / motorhome if you don’t want.

If you want something different during your stay, Boot also has a station for the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway which will take you through the scenic countryside back towards the coast. You could always buy a single ticket and walk back or get off at one of the intermediate stations to explore the area.

Would we return – most definitely.

Date of Visit: December 2012 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Snoopysmum 21 reviews from this member

A beautiful site, very helpful and friendly owners, fabulous modern toilet/shower block.

Lovely setting, many many walks up fells, through woodland or along the river Esk.

We met up with friends for New Year, booked dinner at Brook House Inn on New Years Eve and had a lovely time, the food is superb!

Lots of other pubs with very good beers (according to hubbie) and food.

A super area, we will return soon!

Date of Visit: October 2012 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Mattsmom 8 reviews from this member

Once again, a visit to this site recharged our batteries and proved every bit as good as in previous visits. The site only takes a few, smaller motorhomes and tents, no caravans. There are pods available also for hire, as well as a camping barn and the site is, I would say, primarily geared up for campers, walkers, hikers and cyclists. There is a drying room for wet clothes if the weather is unsuitable to hang on the two available washing lines, a washing machine and tumble dryer and a well-stocked shop which has some items useful for campers as well as food and drink.

It is extremely well-run and cared for, the owner, Martin, having a real passion for his site and the comfort of those using it. There are two small areas for children to play, a stream running through the site and close by, in the village of Boot, 3 pubs serving good food-and you can take your dogs into the pubs!-as well as the village shop. There is also a very good cafe at the station a few hundred metres along the road, open when the little railway is open, which runs from Dalegarth to Ravenglass.

Although the road to the site is narrow, there are plenty of passing places. The road continues past the site on to Hard Knott Pass, not to be undertaken in a motorhome! Scafell is accessible from the site but if that is a step too far, many other easier and lovely walks are within reach.

I can't praise the wardens and Martin enough for their personal attention and helpful attitude, nothing is too much trouble. The showers and toilets are always very clean, with a mop and cloth to clean up after yourself, an excellent idea. The only little moan I have is that the floor of the showers is flat, so water runs from shower to shower but as we go in the quieter times, that is not much of a problem to us. It is a very peaceful site, even when busy, and Martin is always on hand to ensure that it remains that way. Very well worth a visit.

Date of Visit: August 2012 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Cwatki123 1 review from this member

Myself and my partner picked this site as it was in the heart of the lakes and we wanted to climb Scafell Pike.

When driving to the site we went over Hardknott pass which we were later told is the highest and steepest pass in England. I'd advise against this. It's very steep and winding and if you get stuck behind someone who is a timid driver (and you will be) you're constantly in first gear riding the clutch.

The best option is to go south of Windemere down the A590/A5092/A595 past Broughton-in-Furness. It might add a few more miles to the journey but in terms of time, it's actually quicker as you can maintain a more constant speed.

On arrival at the site we were greeted with lots of tents, families and a beautifully kept site.

I was noticeably worked up having driven over the pass so unexpectedly and we'd also forgotten our camping stove. The lady in the office made us a cup of coffee and also lent us a stove which we were very grateful for.

As there were lots of families on the site that weekend she sited us just over a little stream on a separate piece of land. You could still hear kids playing but that's expected during the summer, however there was never any noise at night.

The utilities at the site are very modern, clean and well maintained. Hot water is available 24 hours and the shop is open from early until late. There is a drying room for drying clothing, towels, etc.

The site itself is set in a beautiful location in the Eskdale valley, surrounded by hills and fields. There are 2 pubs within walking distance, but I must recommend the Woolpack as the best of them. They also deliver pizza to the site and have a 'minibus' service to and from the site (although it's actually an old army truck).

The site itself shuts the gates to cars at 11pm so if you're driving back bear that in mind. Also, if the site is busy it can be quite difficult to park in the evenings. There were so many cars on the site when we stayed that people were literally parking everywhere but I must admit nobody got blocked in and they manage it quite well.

The site is in a great location for visiting Eskdale, Scafell, Wastwater and even the west coast. There is also a steam railway station within walking distance and that'll take you pretty much to the coast too.

Might be worth noting there is absolutely no mobile phone signal at all on any network here, so you may want to give the campsite number to family members just in case. There is free wi-fi at the Woolpack if you do feel a little out of touch!

All in all a fantastic site, I would definitely go back. However, if the weather is bad it makes getting there quite hard work and once you're there it's definitely a site for those who like the outdoors, which again might be a bit hard work if it's throwing it down.

Date of Visit: August 2012 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Db123 6 reviews from this member

This is the best camping and caravan site I have stayed on. The staff are so friendly and helpful, the facilities are very clean and the shop is well stocked, good job as it is a long way to the nearest town, was here over the bank holiday, but the excellent staff new were to pitch, as on the Monday, it rained all day and by night I had a lake at back and side of my tent, but by the morning had gone down, but wet under foot.

The pubs are within easy reach and there is a little shop in boot as well. Cannot rate this site enough 10+++++

Date of Visit: August 2012 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Karenina 4 reviews from this member

We stayed here for the August Bank holiday. When we arrived we were shown to a pitch and advised which way to pitch. The field we were on was already starting to show a little wear and tear from the weather but nothing major.

As we pitched we managed to bend a few tent pegs through hitting a stony layer a couple of inches down so might be worth bearing in mind when deciding which pegs to use.

We had two kids aged 7 &8 and they loved the play area. The trampoline in particular went down very well!

The second day of our stay was wall to wall rain and the field became waterlogged in places but the staff had made sure no one had pitched in these places and on the entrance/exit to the field put down bark chippings. They also limited traffic on and off the field to stop it becoming a quagmire.

Excellent management which we were really impressed with. The facilities are the best we have had on a campsite. Plenty of hot water and kept fabulously clean!

The shop was very handy, especially when our kids realised they had forgotten bedtime teds and we were able to get stand ins!

Great walks nearby and plenty of pubs servibg excellent food. On this trip we went to The Woolpack Inn at the bottom of Hardknott Pass which was lovely and they even provide free lifts in an army truck!

We will definitely return to this site again.

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