Just stayed for three nights in the half term holiday. We were in the second field for tents and tourers - much quieter than the main field which contains the pods as well as tents. The site is sloping as mentioned by others - not ideal for those of us in a tent but not enough to be off putting. The surroundings are lovely, lots of animal noises as there is a cow shed and fields of sheep right beside the camping field (manure smells were a bit unpleasant if you were pitched right beside the cattle barn). Yes the animals do wake you up but on the plus side the children loved watching the sheep being sheared. We found the facilities good overall - hot showers always, we never had to queue and the block was heated continuously (rare for end of May but very welcome as colder than expected for the time of year). Only negative was that it was too far from the field we were in, though we wouldn't have wanted to swap fields. It seems daft that the facilities are in amongst the statics, who surely don't need them, but we assume they were built before the site expanded. There were rumours another block is planned beside the field we were in and this would make the site pretty much perfect so lets hope so. Adventure playground great. Pubs in Pooley bridge were good, very short walk away and position in general is great.
The site is a short walk, a little bit uphill, from the village of Pooley Bridge. The grounds are attractive, well kept and tidy, edged by trees. These trees unfortunately are home to some very noisy crows which acted as my alarm clock about 5 o'clock each morning. There is a large but sloping grassed area next to the playground where children can play.
All the staff were lovely and very helpful, cannot fault them at all.
Out tent pitch was located next to the pods around the edge of the first tent field. Pitch number 17 was slightly sloping but manageable. It was a bit muddy. I would say that the pitches in the centre area of the field were more level and better drained.
Didn't use the shop so cannot comment. Asked about wifi, but you had to pay extra, so didn't bother with it.
The dishwashing sinks are located along the toilet block and drainers are provided. They were fine.
Now for the downside. I place quite a lot of importance on the shower / toilet facilities when judging a site, and these just did not suit me. The toilet blocks need refurbishing. The shower cubicles have a shower curtain separating the wet area from a tiny 'dry' area. Just one hook on the door, no bench. The cubicle is so small you have to stand under the shower before you switch it on and adjust the temperature. The whole place is damp and humid with condensation dripping down the walls onto the floor. At the sinks, the hot water was often too hot, and the cold taps so forceful that you had to be careful not to get soaked just washing your hands. This is such a shame as it is the only thing that let's the site down, but it is enough to put me off returning.
Just back from 5 days here at school holidays with our Outwell family tent & electric hook up. Family of 4 with 2 kids age 6 & 10 & a Labradoodle dog!. One of the best sites we've been on. Perfect location only 5 mins walk from Pooley Bridge centre (although it is up a hill - which is fine for us). Friendly helpful site staff. Everything on the site is cleaned and maintained to a very high standard - toilet block is great & free, powerful, hot showers. A small shop selling the basics & lovely ice cream. A fab kids park which kept my two entertained. A very safe site - so the kids could ride around on their scooters and wander out of sight playing with other children. The pitches on the main camping field which is surrounded by camping pods were spacious & flat ( just on a slight slope - but it wasn;t a problem. So our 7. 5 metre x 8 metre tent wasn;t a problem here. We might even try the camping pods for a no hassle 2 night break on a future trip. A dog friendly site too. Washing up facilities were the best we've ever experienced with drainers & basins too!
There was no pub, entertainment or pool on site - but our kids just loved this place & preferred it to many other campsites. We loved the walk to the 3 local pubs in the village only 5 mins away where the kids played in the river (more fun than a swimming pool!). Pooley Bridge is a great little place & very dog friendly too. Can't wait to go back again
Visited this site based on the positive reviews and personal recommendations. We were not disappointed, the positive feedback was truly deserved.
The camp site is very well kept and is surprisingly quiet for a reasonably large site. The trees and spaces between the areas really help you to feel like it is a much smaller more intimate site.
The people that own/run the site could not have been nicer, friendlier and more accommodating. On arrival we were escorted to our pitch and told where everything was. The pitch was plenty big enough for our tent (which is a large 8 sleeper with porch. )The ground was well kept.
The showers/toilets were kept immaculately clean by the very friendly cleaner. One of my usual gripes is the shower block cleanliness, but these are spotless and obviously regularly checked.
The shop is well stocked with all basic needs for camping and is not too expensive either. A bonus was the ice bags for our wine buckets!
The site has a lovely park area for children, which was well used by mine. There is also an expanse of grass near park for playing etc.
A short wander into the village will bring you to a charming village with riverside pubs and gift shops. The village does not have an ATM so be advised to have cash!
Over all a lovely campsite with friendly and helpful staff.
Only possible thing to bare in mind is that some of the pitches are on a slope so you may need to prop up table legs etc. But you are in the glorious lake district with hills and mountains, so what else can you expect.
Booked 2 nights as we had to leave the caravan and camping troutbeck site due to a booking error on our behalf.
We had used this site as our main base during visits to the lakes until approx 8 years ago as it is ideally situated close to Pooley Bridge, Ullswater and Penrith. 'We had a nightmare 2 night break due to being near a group of 3 families who arrived with dogs, generators, floodlights and loud music into the early hours ! We informed the warden who basically failed to manage the situation, this was our last visit.
We arrived Sunday 5th May and were put into the farthest field from the facilities, this we expected due to the bank holiday.
We were on grass and the field is on a hill side, using breeze blocks etc we managed to level the caravan. We had a wonderful view of Ullswater and Monday pm we were on our own as everyone left the site.
In places the site resembles a building site, it recently changed hands and the new owners are in the process of updating the fields and facilities. The toilet block nearest the 2 camping fields hasn't changed since we last visited but is adequate and the owners are planning to modernise this year. The second toilet block which is situated in amongst the static caravans is currently closed and in the process of updating. This will include washing and drying machines etc.
The children's play area is excellent, our grandson spent most of Monday here under our watchful eye.
To summarise, when all the modernisation / updating is complete this will be a premier site in an ideal location. The management appear to be extremely family friendly and will not tolerate any noise or bad behaviour. One final note, if arriving with a caravan ask for hard standing. There is approx 10 available. Avoid the top field if possible due to the slope which can make levelling your caravan difficult.
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