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Visitor Reviews - Rydal Hall Campsite

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Rydal Hall Campsite
Ambleside
Ambleside
Cumbria   (Browse area)
LA22 9LX   See Map                                 Share Google Plus  Tweet This!  Share on Facebook
Tel: 015394 32050

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Rating: Average Review Score: 8/10 from 32 Reviews
              8/10 from 32 Reviews


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Date of Visit: July 2015 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Mlcreed 3 reviews from this member

What a fantastic location! The setting is stunning with multiple level pitches surrounded by mature trees and views of the fells. Don't be put off if you are not a Christian, you're here to camp not to be converted, everyone was very friendly.

The toilet and washing facilities were probably the best I have ever experienced and the showers were free! Amazing.

As a guest of the campsite you are also free to wander around the grounds of the hall which are very impressive. We didn't have any problems with gated access or the wandering public.

Rydal itself is a 3 minute walk away with the gorgeous Badger Bar which has a great selection of food and real ales. Will definitely be back.

Date of Visit: May 2015 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Gazrow 5 reviews from this member

For many, this is the most perfect site in terms of location, surroundings and facilities. It's a dream place. With some faults. Overall, I'll be returning many times in the future.

Firstly, there's major construction going on to install a water generator that will provide enough electricity to power Ambleside. One of the two access roads for the construction vehicles is through the middle of the campsite and heavy vehicles use the road from about 7am. They kick up dust and are noisy and that's a bit of a spoiler.

The car parking is away from the camp ground and although there were very few campers there during my visit, it was not easy to get a parking space on the same location as my tent as some cars were left there all week. Plus, a team of gardeners were on-site and they parked their vehicles there all week and were using the toilet facilities, but not with the same care that campers would, IMO.

Access to the camp ground is via a 5-bar gate, which is a pain in itself for a solo car occupant, but what makes it much worse is that the ground around the gate is rutted, wet, muddy and coated with a dust like cement powder. So every entrance and exit bring horrible white mud into the car and cakes your shoes. This needs sorting with at least a concrete base. An automatic gate would be better still.

There's no doubt that this site suits smaller tents and I found it quite difficult to find a flat pitch for my 3x3 metres tent. In fact I didn't find a good spot, but I will change pitch next time. Carrying heavy gear could be a problem as it's not possible to get vehicles on the grass, which is a good thing, but it's also the reason I'll be using my Terra Nova Super Quasar next visit.

The site is open to the public and several groups wandered through the tents and with dogs and I can imagine this could be much worse on BH and high season weekends. This won't change, so be prepared for it.

The toilet, washing and dish washing areas are of a very high standard. Not sure whether they'd be sufficient when the site is maxed out. I'm told they often get group bookings by organisations.

I'll be returning, but would be every so pleased if they fixed the gate area.

Date of Visit: February 2015 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Paulandsue 4 reviews from this member

What can I say, booked 4 nights and left after 2. 7-730 wakeup call from the construction traffic followed by a steady flow of traffic. Walkers wandering around scratching their heads as to why the toilets are locked. I spent 5 mins wandering round c8 trying to find a FLAT bit big enough for my volosity 3. You NEED hard ground pegs as the stone is only a few inch below. All the construction traffic has covered my tent and car in fine dust from the road. You are expected to dispose of rubbish as there is NO refuse area, however the sheep will gladly spread it over the field for you.

Ok the plus side. Fresh fell water, very smart and clean toilet block. Like the shower setup with under floor heating :-). Friendly staff on arrival.

This for me is a defo don't go back.

Date of Visit: October 2013 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Taxis Kendal 23 reviews from this member

Fantastic campsite all round. Superb views, with an amazing warm and clean toilet and shower block. Very quiet site, with little hillocks separating small groups of tents when busy. No road noise at all. We were the only campers on the huge field on our Monday night in October. 18.50 for two adults, small tent and our car. Note you do need to carry from the car a short way to your pitch. The Fairfield Horseshoe is ideally attacked from this site, with more beautiful walking on your doorstep.

Date of Visit: September 2013 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Privatehudson 18 reviews from this member

This is a very nice and well organised site, which is ideally located mid way between Ambleside and Grasmere. It is also right at the foot of the Fairfield Horseshoe, so ideal for walking. There's also a pub just down the road

The toilet and shower block is fantastic, always clean and has several plug sockets, which are especially useful for backpackers like myself. There is a cafe on site and the whole setting is very attractive, with a waterfall, gardens and main hall nearby. I enjoyed my stay and would definitely return again

Date of Visit: August 2013 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Debsdenton 1 review from this member

We have stayed at this site several times now and I think it is my favourite. We love the fact that there are several smaller areas rather than one huge field, the pub nearby is great, as is the tea shop.

You can easily walk into Ambleside, and (longer walk but very nice) Grasmere as well, and it is in a great position for hillwalking.

The facilities are lovely, although I would agree with the review which complained about the cleaning. I think it is over the top and not very customer-friendly to completely shut the facilities for cleaning at key times.

The only other thing I would watch for is that they can sometimes 'cram' you in at peak times which is the downside of their unique pitches. Still, we will be returning!

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