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Fisherground Campsite
Fisherground Farm
(lake District)
Cumbria   (Browse area)
CA19 1TF
Tel: 01946723723  or  01946723723
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Pitches: 215
Open: 01/03/2021 to 31/10/2021

Rating: Average Review Score: 8/10 from 213 Reviews
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Who's it for
 Families Welcome   Not Members Only   Rallies Welcome   Not Naturist Site 
 Dogs Welcome   No Dogs Allowed   Groups Welcome 
 Toilet Facilities   Hot Showers   Washing Up   No Bathroom 
 No Baby Changing   Laundry On Site   Drinking Water   Disabled Friendly 
 Chemical Disposal   No Battery Charging   No Gas Exchange   No Recycling Facilities 
 No Kitchen Facilities   No Freezer / Fridge    Motorhome Point   No Wifi Access 
 Shop <1 mile   Bar <1 mile   Restaurant or Cafe or Takeaway <1 mile 
 Kids Playground   No TV Room   No Games Room   No Evening Ents 
 Fishing <1 mile   No Wild Swimming   No Indoor Pool   No Outdoor Pool 
 No Horse Riding   Cycle Hire <1 mile   Golf <1 mile   No Tennis 
 Beach <5 miles   Watersports <5 miles   No Boat Launch 
Other Features
 No Sea Views   Not Working Farm   Campfires Allowed 
 No Waterside Pitches   Public Transport <5 miles  No Dog Walk 

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Date of Visit: September 2009 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Chaffinch1977 3 reviews from this member

 I received a recommendation from a friend to stay at this campsite. My wife has never camped before but I am a keen wild camper. I wanted to find a campsite that was 'wild enough' for my liking but was suitably 'civilised' as to not scare my wife off camping forever!

What we got was the best of both worlds.

We stayed 3 nights and got beautiful weather throughout. We stayed a Friday, Saturday and Sunday night. I recommend arriving early because it starts to get very busy and the good pitches taken after 5/6pm on Friday night. There is a large field with circular road that allows you close access to your pitch. My Tip: use a pitch in the middle of the field - Firmer Ground and less congested.

Each pitch has it's own fire pit made from a car wheel rim. Wood was available to buy each day for 3.50 for a big bag and .50 for a small bag of kindling. As the nights in September can get a little chilly it was great for me and the wife to snuggle up next to our own fire and enjoy the stars!- Very Romantic.

Despite other reviews saying the wardens were obtrusive, I didn't find this at all. Yes, they were always close by, but it is a busy site and I felt it was all done to ensure you had a good time.

The shower blocks were basic but clean. They are cleaned 3 times per day. We showered at lunchtime to avoid the rush and just after they were cleaned and this worked well for us. Showers are .50 for 4 minutes but so long as you were undressed, toilet bag out etc in advance this was plenty long enough to clean up and wash your hair. Hairdryer was free apparently.

Washing up areas outside the shower block were always clean and always had hot water. Washing machines and tumble dryers were available just outside the toilet block. A handy Freezer was also there to allow you to freeze your ice box cooler packs for free.

The local pub (5 minutes walk from the campsite) was very poor. It was dirty, over-priced and the smell of the place actually put us off eating or drinking anything. If you want nice pub or food, try the boot or woolpack in nearby villages as they were clean, had excellent local ales and had good wholesome food at reasonable prices.

The campsite also sits on a miniature railway line (it has it's own station adjacent to the campsite). We never went on it but nevertheless looked a good way to get to local villages close by and enjoy a pint.

The site enjoys fantastic 360o views unobstructed by buildings and the position of the campsite nestled below the local hills and escarpments is first class.

All in all our holiday was a complete success. My wife is hooked on camping. The only problem will be finding other sites that can live up to Fisherground! Enjoy. 

Date of Visit: August 2009 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Emmo22 1 review from this member

 Having been visiting Eskdale for the last 35 Years and camping at Fisherground for a lot of them I think I am well placed to write a review of this campsite. Eskdale, as a location, hasn't changed and is one of the finest valley's in lakeland. If you wish to get away from it all then this is the place to be.

The location is stunning with views to die for. The lack of artifical light means that the night sky, when free of cloud, is a wonder to behold. However cloud is frequent in this valley and is normally partnered by rain. But when it's dry sitting out on a night time round the camp fire (which is one of the main attractions to this place) I can think of no better place on earth to be.

But there are two sides to every coin or story. When is rains in Eskdale it hammers it down. Fisherground appears to have no drainage and pitches can quite quickly become water logged. You need to pitch away from the road and away from the small stream that runs around the site. Choose carefully if rain is forecast. Also don't take any notice of the warden (not the owner) who likes to lord it up over the campers while riding his quad bike barking orders at each and every one. We pitched our small tent in one of the driest spots on the campsite and were advised by the warden to pitch in a puddle.!

The cost's to camp here are also not straight forward. You get charged for your tent.Depending on size, charged for your car, yourselves, charged for your kids, dog, awning, gazeebo, tarp, how much air you breath etc.Etc. Oh and for taking a shower. If you take too long you're charged double. (an extra 50p).

However the toilet blocks are kept clean even during busy times and the water is hot with free toilet rolls, free hairdryers and handsoap.

The dish washing facilities are good with plenty of room.

Tumble dryers are charged for and do not dry wet clothes very well.

This year one of the wardens has been policing the site rather than the owner due to the owner breaking his leg. The quicker this heals and the warden gets back to cleaning the toilet block the better. Read some of the other reviews to see where I'm coming from. (needs to remember that campers are actually on holiday!)

The playground and the small pond are great for kids. My 5 year old loves it here and needs nothing else to keep him entertained.

The valley is served by a number of pubs all of which have their own plus and negative sides. The King George iv nearest to Fisherground has so much potential to be a fantastic pub but is unfortunately in the hands of a moron who seems intent on running it into the ground. However the Boot Inn further up the valley (10mins by car or 30 by foot) is well worth a visit. It is situated behind the Brook house Inn which should be avoided as the last two times we have eaten here we have ended up with dicky tummies. No good when you are tenting! The Bridge Inn at Stanton Bridge (20 mins by car) is also well worth a visit. Good food and good ale. But always busy.

In short I love the valley of Eskdale, I like Fisherground and will continue to camp there but all good things must come to an end and if the current owners keep employing nuggets on quad bikes for wardens and charging extra for this this and that. Then.??? 

Date of Visit: August 2009 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Losthobbit 1 review from this member

 Had seen the Independents review and I think one in Camper magazine so decided to use this campsite for a change, a family holiday was needed the boys needed some freedom. The play area was great, my five year old loved it, jumping in the pond, swinging on the zip wire. Lots of clothes are needed because this sites biggest downfall is the lack of a drying room. Being hardened walkers we need an adequate drying room to dry boots, gaiters and waterproofs, Fisherground has what appears to be a cupboard the size of a rabbit hutch screwed to wall, it took three days to dry one pair of boots!

Perhaps we never saw the campsite at its best as it rained all week, only one dry day.Good place to test out a new tent with an in built bath tub ground sheet.

The toilet block was kept clean, and the bins were constantly being emptied.

Overall if the site had a decent drying room we'd have had a much better experience. 

Date of Visit: August 2009 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Cheshiregirl18 2 reviews from this member

 We visited this site on Bank Holiday Monday,when we arrived there were about 5 tents as most people looked like they had packed off.

Firstly we were put in the wetest area, if you had non electric there were plenty of spots to pick, but limited for the hookup.

Charged 2.50 per day for vehicle that was not allowed to go past the barrier so basically we could of parked the car down the road for free.

5 per night for a tent (vango 600) with 3 people in. On top of 5.50 an adult so watch these extra charges. There were 2 tents in the whole field for 2 nights.So not exactly taking any other space.

50p a shower is a bit steep no time information given, no change left out, we have been to campsites and they have had a loyalty change 'pot'

Staff only came out when new people arrived

Plus points the fire pits are a great attraction buy wood elsewhere its cheaper! also great base for walks, Scafell pike, pubs and the train. 

Date of Visit: August 2009 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: RandT 4 reviews from this member

 A nice campsite but a bit pricey for what it is. You get charged per person which is fair enough but then they add a 5/night supplement if you have a large tent and charge 2.50/night to park your own car! It's 50p for a shower which don't last long before they cut out leaving you covered in soap The guy looking after the place patrols on his quad bike and he'll tell you where to park, to be quiet, you're fire is too big etc etc! Overall it's kept well, it's in good order and the shower/toilet blocks are clean. The kids enjoyed the play area too. The local shop in Eskdale is the only one for miles so expect to pay about double for everything! The nearest supermarket is a Co-op in Egremont which is about a half hour drive. Great place for walking but if you want to drive to the lakes for a visit it'll take well over an hour each way due to the narrow windy roads. Muncaster Castle is nearby which is worth a visit. Last piece of advice, unless you are a mountain goat don't blindly follow your sat nav to get there which will take you over the Hardnott Pass like we did. This is an extremely steep road both up and down, full of hairpins and sheer drops down the montains. Not for the faint hearted! 


Date of Visit: August 2009 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Jules22 3 reviews from this member

 I found this site to be a disappointment based on the reviews and recommendations. The actual location is spectacular with splendid views. The local village of Boot is also great with two very good pubs/restaurant. I would also recommend the old mill tour in Boot. However the location is not accessible easily to the eastern part of the lakes and you can be restricted in where you can travel to in a day. Also great is the small railway which runs past the site.

However the site itself is lacking in toilet/shower facilities. The showers are at least 1 and I am sure this is used to control the demand for them. The toilet block is clean but is old and inadequate.

The site also very easily water logs and floods. The biggest problem with this is that there is a single gate access from most of the campsite to the toilets and this gate regularly flooded, meaning that even a trip to the toilet means paddling through sometimes large amounts of mud and water. Particularly after rain.

I think we were the only people to dislike the fires. If you find the constant smell of smoke a nuisance then this site is not for you. 

Date of Visit: August 2009 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Nikkijdee 1 review from this member

 Have just spent 2 night at this site and the kids had a great time. The facilities were ok clean but not really enough toilets or showers for the amount of tents that were there. Plenty of great walks and a good shop up the road. Have a few gripes about it though, firstly thought it was quite expensive for what they actually provide, and found the wardens quite grumpy they were still accepting tents even when the site site was very full with people driving round looking for a space. We met plenty of great people but at 10:30 were practically sent to bed by the warden for talking outside a tent.

Having a fire was great but the site got really smoky. My sister came to stay with her baby for a night at it ended up costing her 21 to sleep in my tent because they have a 2 night rule even though I was leaving in the morning which I thought was a bit over the top as she wasn't taking up a pitch. But the kids loved it and would like to go back. 

Date of Visit: July 2009 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Neveragain 1 review from this member

 Just like to echo a few comments about Fisherground. We've been there for 4 out of the past 5 years. First year was superb and we had decent weather. Add to that a cheap and cheerful campsite set in wonderful surroundings with the added bonus of campfires and a good playground for the kids. Yeah, there was no shop on site, which meant either a 5 minute car journey into Eskdale, or a half hour trek uphill to the little shop (which has a decent supply of food, wine ect), but hey ho.

Every time we've been since though, the weather has got gradually worse. As soon as those fell tops above the site get misty, you know the rains coming and believe me, Eskdale is like a magnet for the stuff. We where also there this year when the heavens well and truly opened. Some poor sods were bailing out their tents with pans after the brook surrounding the site burst it's banks.

Weather can't be helped, but it wasn't just that.

5 years ago we paid 14 per night for two adults two kids and a dog. Last year it was 18, which is a fair enough inflation rise. This year though it was 25. When I queried this the lady said 'oh you have a large tent and we surcharge in the summer holidays for those'. Funny that, because we've had the same tent for the past 5 years and twice before came in the summer holidays without any surcharge. It's a heck of a leap in price and I suppose I could understand it if the facilities were improved, like adding a shop, but no.

Still, the walk to Boot alongside the river is great (watch out for a really steep drop though near the Boot end bridge). Two good pubs and one even has a small playground for the kids. We chose to get the little train back. 

Date of Visit: July 2009 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Nellymack 1 review from this member

 I'd agree with a number of reviews that this is a nice site, but wouldn't go as far as to say it was fantastic.

I say this for a couple of reasons, firstly at 23.50 a night plus 50p every shower, I thought it was just a bit excessive. The facilities were limited, clean though and totally acceptable but we felt that as there was only the one toilet/shower block, it did get dirty really easily and quickly.

Secondly, the location is stunning but if you are in the Lakes to see everything on offer, then it is not the place to be. There is only one road in and out and can be a 50 mile drive to get to the east side of the lakes.

On a positive note, the owners were polite, helpful and seemed quite laid back in their approach.

My kids enjoyed the pond and adventure park, and I really enjoyed the fire pits. You can't beat sitting around a roaring fire out in the open. Magic.

The Eskdale miniature railway was excellent, and if you visit their sister attraction, The Steamers on Ullswater, you get a 50% discount voucher.

Unfortunately for us, the weather was truly dreadful, it rained non stop for 17 hours, perhaps some of the heaviest rain I have ever seen! It resulted in the river almost bursting its banks and large areas of the campsite were under many inches of water. Some tents were floating away! 

Date of Visit: June 2009 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: I need sun 11 reviews from this member

 Finally managed to stay on this site that I'd heard so much about & wasn't disappointed. We all (adults & children) loved it & would definitely return.

The curfew was fine as we were pretty knackered by 10.30 anyway (lightweights that we are!).

My only problems were:

- no shop which we weren't really prepared for (don't rely on Ravensglass for bbq food like us - you'll be sadly disappointed! We even considered highjacking the Tesco home delivery van)

- the nearest pub (sorry, forgotten the name - we turned right onto the road & walked for about 5 mins) is NOT recommended. We were immensly lucky as, just after our order was taken, there was a kerfuffle at the bar as they had stopped taking orders (at 7pm on a Saturday night!). We guiltily ate our food & left asap.Not sure what went on there.

All in all a brilliant site. 

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