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Hillcroft Park
Roe Head Lane
Pooley Bridge
Penrith
Cumbria   (Browse area)
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Tel: 01768 486363

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Pitches: 75
Open: March To October

Rating: Average Review Score: 9/10 from 48 Reviews
              9/10 from 48 Reviews


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Date of Visit: April 2015 Unit:  Other Rating:
Reviewer: JMKB 1 review from this member

Me and my partner stayed in a pod for 5 nights for the first time, we really enjoyed our stay the pod was cosy and more roomy than we imagined, just the heater isn't very warm but in summer I doubt you would need it, the toilet and shower block was only 1 min away and very clean and tidy, great hot shower too, everything you need is just a 5 min drive or 10 min walk away, pooley bridge has 3 lovely pubs and a couple of cafes, there's also a couple of shops where you can get all you need. Penrith town centre is 15-20 min drive away where you have supermarkets and shops like any other city centre and is a great place to visit. All in all would definitely come back to hillcroft 5***** thank you x

Date of Visit: April 2015 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Andy4x4 1 review from this member

Just back from our first trip to Hillcroft, We have stayed at various sites around Pooley Bridge before but seemed to have missed this site up until now but shall not be making this mistake again.

We booked and paid for our stay on the Hillcroft web site this had a fantastic option of selecting your pitch at the time of booking this can be done by looking at the site map available as a PDF down load, Booking and paying on line was so very easy and more sites should follow this example.

Booking in is from 12pm and we arrived about 12:30 to be greeted by very friendly staff who had all our details through the on line booking so no form filling etc was required so were heading to our pitch in under 5 mins.

We had decided on pitch 25 a grass pitch at the very top of the site it is a sight drag up to the touring pitches but nothing unmanageable, The top field has a gravel road way going around it with pitches all around. Ours was on a slope up from the road and was also sloping down to the left so levellers are required, We had some trouble with wet grass a rear wheel drive merc and a twin wheel caravan caused this but got in to position after a couple of wheel spins and runs up the little slope. The view from our pitch made all this worth while looking across ullswater lake to the hills beyond, EHU up was right behind us so no need for long EHU cable. Water was a very short stroll away so not an issue ether, lighting around the field was by bollards that gave enough light but not invasive.

Site facilities were a single larger WC and shower block this is a distance away from the top field and slightly dates but very clean. Waste point was very good and clean, chemical disposal point was Ok but very basic and in the open.

The site has a small shop with basics prices as with most sites were a bit over the odds. We did not have any kids with us but the play park looked very new and had lots of thing to do in it, There was also lots of room around our field for ball games etc.

As with other posts very easy walk in to Pooley bridge but remember take a torch at night and it is an uphill walk back.

In general a very nice site well maintained grounds and road ways with touring well separated from Pods and Statics we shall be staying again and are looking to book for August Very soon.

PS

Should say the pitch we had 25 and probably all the ones around us all have a cattle shed behind them when we were there the farmer was quite busy with cattle so a bit of noise from tractors and some cattle related smells etc but again this did not bother us.

Date of Visit: June 2014 Unit:  Other Rating:
Reviewer: Fiona K 1 review from this member

Stayed in clearwater lodge on hillcroft. Absolutely lovely, everything you could want at hand, fully equipped kitchen, bedrooms and bathrooms beautiful. Decorated to a very high standard, so relaxing. Would definitely come again, we were extremely impressed, couldn't fault this holiday at all, brilliant.

Date of Visit: May 2014 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Mlou 2 reviews from this member

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.

Date of Visit: May 2014 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Teekayk 4 reviews from this member

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.

Date of Visit: July 2013 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Durks30 2 reviews from this member

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

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