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.
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
Brilliant campsite. We stayed here for just over a week with 2 children aged 5 and 7. We were allocated a great pitch not too far from the toilet block. Clean facilities and adequate number of showers - which are free so no rummaging for change. Some pitches were quite far from the toilet block and some were up high which may not suit those with young children. We would actually request one of the higher up pitches next time for the view. Yes, you do have to park and then carry your stuff but that means a car free area to play in and great views. Waterfalls on site were a real bonus along with the streams, the peace gardens and the formal Hall gardens too. 25 minute walk to Ambleside along a good footpath. After a meal and some wine we did get taxi back which was only £5. Good pub nearby with Acoustic night where they made us welcome and gave the children shakers to join in. Only bad point was that the freezer couldn't cope and didn't actually freeze our icepacks. This was not really a problem just an observation. We will definitely return.
Had a very pleasant stay at the end of August. Some rain, but the site is generally hilly, and therefore drains very well. I don't think I saw any puddles anywhere apart from the potholes on the driveway. I really like the layout of the campsite - small groups of tents separated by patches of rough ground really improve the view. In general it's a quiet campsite. There was a group one night, and I was woken up by their instructors yapping away at about midnight - however they quietened down instantly when I stuck my head out of the tent.
The wash block is excellent, warm, and in response to another review, did have soap. The showers are a little on the hot side though, which was a problem for my three year old, so I washed her in the sink instead!
There are regular and frequent buses to Ambleside/Grasmere at the foot of the hill, excellent access to the fell up Nab Scar, and it's a flat easy walk of about a mile and a half into Ambleside.
Food at Potted Out in Grasmere was excellent, but don't go there for friendly service! Neighbours said the cream teas at Cote How are expensive but very good. The Badger in Rydal does ok food, but in my opinion is trying to be a gastropub when it isn't really there. Good for emergencies when you're too knackered to cook.
Sheep are both a pro (if your eldest likes them) and a con (if their bleating wakes your youngest up for the first night or two). Chickens are just a pain really, I could do without them, but I suppose they add character.
Adventure playground is a bit run-down. Freezer was broken for the last couple of days, so no freezing icepacks, but the Tesco in Ambleside had ice.
We were on Vodafone, and got intermittent network connection - generally just enough to get the weather forecast, but you wouldn't want to rely on it.
The major bug bear for me was the toilet cleaning. The toilet block is completely closed from 6am-7am (and this realistically meant 7. 15). At that time in the morning the backup loo (at the cafe) isn't open, so it gets a bit problematic when your 3-year old needs a poo at 7am - and I got up at 6. 30 one morning to go for a run, and it was 7. 20 before I could get going. I can't see why they can't have the ladies open while the mens are cleaned, and then vice versa.
For the past two years, my friend & I have made Rydal campsite our site of choice when camping in the Lake District.
The campsite itself is unique. It's not just a flat piece of land where everyone pitches tents next to each other. Rydal campsite is mostly set on flat areas dotted about on a hilly landscape, which gives the resident a sense of freedom, as you have more choice of where you can pitch your tent.
Other interesting features are the free roaming sheep and chickens which are more than likely to pay you and your tent a visit from time to time!
The Rydal campsite staff are polite and helpful, the facilities are excellent, which includes hot showers, hot and cold running water, washing up basins, toilets, wash areas and tumble dryer facilities - all of which are well maintained and cleaned on a daily basis.
The only major problem I have with Rydal campsite is the deteriorating state of the tracks leading to the campsites. They are ravaged with potholes and are very uneven. I am sure this could be improved in the winter months with a resurfacing.
Also, the car parking situation could be improved. Sometimes it's very hard to find a space and you are forced to park at another site. Bay markings would come in handy. As a result of absent markings, a lot of residents ended up parking their cars in rather inconsiderate positions which took up too much room.
The inclusion of a small on site grocers would also come in handy. However, the site does have a rather charming coffee shop that sells hearty food such as soup, sandwiches & panini's.
Overall, Rydal campsite is about as good as it gets. It's a great site which very little to complain about. My only advice to people who are planning on taking a motor vehicle - go slow and watch for pot holes!
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