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Eskdale Campsite
Cumbria   (Browse area)
CA19 1TH
Tel: 019467 23253  or  019467 23270
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Pitches: 100
Open: 01/03 To 14/01

Rating: Average Review Score: 9/10 from 207 Reviews
                9/10 from 207 Reviews

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 No Statics for Hire   No Statics on Sale   No Seasonal Pitches   No Caravan Storage 
 Electric Hookups   No Hardstandings   No Fully Serviced Pitches   Show Full Facilities
Who's it for
 Families Welcome   Not Members Only   No Rallies   Not Naturist Site 
 Dogs Welcome   No Dogs Allowed   Groups Welcome   Motorbikers Welcome 
 Toilet Facilities   Hot Showers   Washing Up   No Bathroom 
 No Baby Changing   Laundry On Site   Drinking Water   Disabled Friendly 
 Chemical Disposal   No Battery Charging   Gas Exchange   No Recycling Facilities 
 No Kitchen Facilities   No Freezer / Fridge    Motorhome Point 
 Shop On Site   Bar <1 mile   Restaurant <1 mile   Wifi Access 
 Kids Playground   No TV Room   No Games Room   No Evening Ents 
 Fishing 5 miles   No Wild Swimming   No Indoor Pool   No Outdoor Pool 
 No Horse Riding   Cycle Hire 1 mile   Golf 1 mile   No Tennis 
 No Beach   No Watersports   No Boat Launch 
Other Features
 No Sea Views   Not Working Farm   No Campfires Allowed   Not Open All Year 
 No Waterside Pitches   Public Transport 1 mile  No Dog Walk 

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Date of Visit: August 2010 Unit:  Other Rating:
Reviewer: Eliz22 5 reviews from this member

A beautiful campsite. All the facilities were spotless which was amazing considering the amount of mud in the tent fields due to the rain. We stayed in a camping pod so didn't suffer the bogginess of the tent fields. The pods are expensive (40 a night) but they do keep out the inevitable rain. The pods sleep 4 people but you will have to stack up your airbeds during the day if you wish to sit in there.

Our children loved the play areas, especially the trampoline. The shop was very useful and the children's toys were good value. If you have a serious walker in your family but the rest of you are not so keen then this is an excellent site to use as it offers many good mountain walks as well as more child friendly options. My husband chose to scale the heights of Scafell Pike whilst the children and myself were able to walk (5 Mins) to the Dalegarth station & take a scenic trip to the coast at Ravenglass. No, there's not any sand there but the children had fun turning the pebbles to look for sand hoppers.

I would also recommend the Eskdale water mill. We were going to try the Boot Inn but found they don't serve dinner until 6pm so we ate at the Brook House Inn and were extremely pleased we did. They had a very good choice of food i.E. On the children's menu they offered a healthy cheese/fruit board as well as the more usual Heinz pasta shapes for the less adventurous. For adults they offer a wide range of high quality, delicious food served in generous portions. We will be back!

Date of Visit: August 2010 Unit:  Other Rating:
Reviewer: Simul68 1 review from this member

Just got back from our second visit to this site and am still wishing I was there. Fell in love with it last October when myself my wife and 12year old son stayed in the camping pods. The site is the best I have been on with tremendous facilities, great showers and toilet facilities plenty of washing up sinks. A very clean site, excellent shop and the people who take care of it are so helpful.

This time we went with another couple with 2 boys and had a blast. The weather wasn't the best the first night but the pods gave some shelter as the trees provide a bit of a canopy, the site is ideally placed for most of the big climbs and Wastwater is 25 minutes away simply beautiful. We were given a heater both times but never used it the pods are so warm and cosy, spotlessly clean with a perfect decked area at the front for preparing a breakfast or barbecue. Would recommend to anyone, we will be back again net year for definite, love the place

Date of Visit: August 2010 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Mcf13 1 review from this member

Ok so this was our first camping trip of 2010 and was really looking forward to getting to the lakes again for the first time in a couple of years. We chose the site based on reviews read and also joined the Camping and Caravan club as we normally camp at least twice a year.

The site itself is in a beautiful location and the scenery around the site itself was wonderful.

You will hear the waterfall just over the fields gushing when quiet, you must visit this with a camera.

Although we arrived in pouring rain we were pitched close to the amenities as we were there for 8 nights and this certainly made life easier with the kids. The facilities themselves are superb, clean and tidy almost all the time and the showers are hot and plenty of room to dry off and get changed.

I have to say that as an overall site this is hard to beat, friendly staff who do talk to you and are there to help when needed.

A couple of points to remember before hitting the site,bring along some provisions or shop when out and about as the main supermarkets for food are at least 45 mins drive, I have to say whilst the site shop is lovely and offers some fantastic locally sourced meats, it is quite expensive if you have 3 children.

Make use of the drying room which is an excellent addition when you have wet cloths, we even dried out our tent bags that got wet before leaving ( In the wet again!) well it is the lake district.

Overall this was a great camping trip and we are looking forward to returning next year.

Date of Visit: July 2010 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: CCCampers 1 review from this member

Stayed here in July for 3 nights. It's not the easiest campsite to get to in the Lake District! Even avoiding Hardknott Pass. To be honest, it is quite remote so you need to take everything you need with you. The shop is well stocked with many staple items but as veggies we would have struggled had we not taken a cooler box. The warden was helpful and the site was busy when we arrived.

It was also pouring down so this will be my last camping review ever, because I've had enough! We used the laundry facilities as our towels and clothes were soaked and we couldn't dry them. I thought it was expensive (3.00 for a wash) and the heavy duty tumble drier wasn't very good. I put in 4.00 for over an hour and the laundry (towels and socks etc) were still damp.

The washing up facilities, showers and toilets were clean but several times they ran out of loo roll and paper towels. The surrounding area is very picturesque with some lovely walks. We went to two pubs, The Boot Arms, great pub with excellent food and The Woolpack - not so good. We had nut roast and it was horrific!

All in a nice site but too remote for us.

Date of Visit: July 2010 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Benjie62 1 review from this member

My husband and I have just returned from a 7 night stay at this camp. The staff are very friendly and helpful. The shop is well stocked and reasonably priced. The facilities are kept very clean.

We camped in a tent with electric hook up, which was very welcome as it rained most days and was useful for drying out!

There are a couple of pubs within walking distance but we did not use these.

The scenery is lovely and there are some good walks from the campsite so you do not need to take the car out if you prefer not.

The whole area is beautiful and you can walk for hours without meeting many other walkers!

However, there are some negative points as follows. It was peak season and so the site was very full. The facilities were totally inadequate for the number of people there. We constantly had to queue for toilets and showers. 4 toilets and 3 showers is not enough for, say, 100 women and children! (there was a parent and child room as well). The men's facilities had a similar problem.

While we were there the water pressure was very low most days. The showers stopped working altogether on a number of occasions. This was apparently due to external problems with water pressure and perhaps was a one off.

There was a laundry room with washing machine and drier. However, the price quoted for washing was 3 per wash but we and others found that 4 was needed to complete the cycle. The drier quoted 1 for 30 minutes - this was 20 minutes. The spin drier was no longer there and this would have been particularly useful as the washing machine does not spin as much and so towels and jeans in particular take longer to dry.

There were no recycling facilities on the site at all. This really needs to be addressed by their local council. People camping produce far more than normal in recyclable materials.

Date of Visit: July 2010 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Alexmummy 11 reviews from this member

Beautifully situated campsite in a quieter part of the lakes.

The facilities are spotless - plenty of showers, including a handy family room, all free; a shop, a laundry room and a drying room (bring a padlock). There is also a trampoline and a play area for children. We had electric hook-up which was great for warming up after getting soaked!

There are three pubs within a few minutes walk of the site. We only ate at the Boot Inn, which has huge portions, and was very good value. Plenty of walks start straight from the campsite so you can leave your car and not worry about parking.

We'd definitely recommend it because it still feels like 'proper' camping as caravans are not allowed, but has the luxury of clean and warm facilities.

Date of Visit: July 2010 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Jacs9303 4 reviews from this member

We have just returned having enjoyed a three night stay here. The owners are very helpful and hardworking. On arrival we were told the site would be full over the weekend. We were given the option of camping on a field off the main site but we wouldn't be able to park our car next to the tent. Having looked at the field and saw we could have great views of the hills we took it up and it was the right decision. Due to the number of tents in the main fields there was very little room between them.

The facilities are excellent. Toilet block was very clean and remained so throughout our stay. The shop was well stocked and open virtually all day and into the evening.

We went on the 9 mile Eskdale to Ravenglass cycle trail which was very enjoyable, but the hill to Muncaster was ridiculous, took us 25 minutes to push our bikes up it, and there was no decent view from the top.

We then took the steam train back to Eskdale as it was raining. I think this was something of a rip off. It cost 20.20 for two adult single tickets and their bikes (3.50 each bike).

The local pubs are ok, but seem devoid of any atmosphere. Maybe it is due to the fact they don't play any music. We had a good Sunday roast in the Boot pub, it wasn't bad value at 8.95.

Overall we thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would definitely return in the future.

Date of Visit: July 2010 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Mrbaggy 2 reviews from this member

Just returned from a five night stay on this site.

What a fantastic site it is and don't let any of the (in my opinion) undeservedly negative points from other reviewers put you off visiting.

Shower block was always very clean and never too busy even at the weekend when the site appeared full. Showers are hot, constant and fully adjustable.

Washing-up facilities are also first class, 5 sinks if I remember correctly. More than enough.

We stayed alongside the entrance road about 20 yards from the shop (Have a look for the tree with a face. Crazy!) and it was never too noisy and the site was whisper quiet by 10-11pm. Even during the day the family area was never raucous and looked really friendly. Beautiful view from our tent of the surrounding Boot Bank hillside.

Considering the facilities available this must be one of the best sites in The Lakes, I can imagine the NT sites are good but the facilities are basic I believe whereas everything at Eskdale is faultless in my opinion. Even the Stella was ice cold!

Excellent walking in the area and if I had bought my kids when when they were young we would have definitely taken the walk to Stanley Waterfall, they would've loved the river.

I would also recommend the 'step back in time' visit to the watermill a stones throw from the site, a fantastic little place, full of character, which is more than I can say for Muncaster Castle. It'll be a long time before I subsidise the toffs again.Not much of a 'hoot' I can assure you.More like 'twits'.Yes, it's also an owl sanctuary. They looked as unimpressed as we did.

One last note of praise to the owners and staff, when our car required attention in nearby Seascale they couldn't have been more helpful.

We will definitely return to this site, in a more substantial tent. Man did it rain!

Date of Visit: June 2010 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Joshnosh 2 reviews from this member

This is an excellent campsite for exploring the north, west Lakes. It's not the easiest to get to, but that just increases it's charm. It's not huge; divided into 3 area's - 1 for tents, 1 for electric hook ups (tents and camper vans)and 1 area with camping pods, and some smaller tent pitches.

Everywhere is lovely and clean. Excellent produce at the shop, newspapers delivered for a price, play area for children and a self catering cottage. No caravans - I guess because of the remoteness. 2 pubs very nearby both serving breakfast. I love this site, have been 3 times and can't wait to go back.

Date of Visit: June 2010 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Dafodil2919 2 reviews from this member

The camp site here is fantastic we loved it, it was our first time camping. The toilets / showers were really modern and clean, I agree with another reviewer they were more like you'd find in a hotel.

The kids loved the play area especially the trampoline although it was spring bank and it was busy!

The scenery was lovely and we as a family enjoyed walks and a trip on the local steam railway.I enjoyed the fact you did not need to use the car much.

But most of all the staff were very friendly and helpful considering when we were just about to leave the recent unfortunate events happened in the area. The staff looked after all the campers and their families in the camp site shop and for this I will always be grateful.

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