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Sykeside Camping Park
Patterdale (lake District)
Cumbria   (Browse area)
CA11 0NZ
Tel: 01768 482239
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Open: Open All Year

Rating: Average Review Score: 8/10 from 132 Reviews
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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   Battery Charging   Gas Exchange   No Recycling Facilities 
 No Kitchen Facilities   No Freezer / Fridge   No Motorhome Point 
 Shop On Site   Bar On Site   Restaurant On Site   No Wifi Access 
 No 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 5 miles   No Golf   No Tennis 
 No Beach   Watersports 5 miles   Boat Launch / Mooring 10 miles 
Other Features
 No Sea Views   Working Farm   No Campfires Allowed   Open All Year 
 No Waterside Pitches   Public Transport 10 miles  Offroad Dog Walk On Site or Direct Access 

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Date of Visit: July 2007 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Grumpysimon 21 reviews from this member

Visited weekend of 7/8 July with friends. Date is important as it has been raining heavily for weeks. Our first visit to Sykeside but our friends have been a few times.

First impressions were that it was very welcoming and friendly, we were told where was best to camp and where to avoid (due to waterlogging.) Our friends had arrived so we pitched next to them on a good dryish spot. Plenty of room for tents - we have a Monty 6 so not the smallest but no worries about space.

Ate at the Barn End bar on Friday evening as by the time we had arrived and pitched the children were starving and it was raining heavily. Good food, good beer - first trip to a pub since July 1st - heaven, no smoke.

Weather cleared up on Saturday so didn't use the bar/pub on site facilities again.

It became busier on Saturday but still not packed in by any stretch. The run of poor weather obviously has put people off.

Overall impression - stunning location, great local walking, very family friendly - we have 2 children who are 2 & 5 and it was great for them. Our friends children are the same age so with 4 young children it was an ideal place. Went to the Lake on Sat pm and spent a couple of hours there playing, went down to the stream and walked. Plenty of scope for good healthy outdoor activity with kids. Our 5 year olds rode their biked constantly without worry of accident so good for that.
The only negative was showers and toilets. The gents was dirty, toilets, urinal and shower all in the same space made for damp, smelly facilities. Because of the weather they became muddy very quickly. Cleaned between 12 - 2pm daily but really this wasn't enough - could have provided mops and squeegy for people to mop out their shower after use.
Didn't take my son in for a shower all weekend because of the facilities.

I would go for a weekend again as it's a lovely site that is friendly and great for children. I wouldn't stay for any longer than 2 nights because of toilets/showers.

Heard the Badgers one night but they didn't bother us - left food in the car as advised.

Date of Visit: October 2005 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: JudyS 4 reviews from this member

Fantastic site. Situated at the bottom of Helvellyn the scenery is dramatic and the same can be said of the weather at that time of year. Toilet/shower facilities very nice and heated which was essential. Think this time of year may have been a little to cold and rainy for my taste and probably also due to the fact that this is set quite high up and in a valley. Woke up freezing (literally) the first morning and the second night was just noisy strong wind blowing right down the valley. Two pubs (one on site and one just at top of campsite). Would visit again but probably at a warmer time of year!

Reviewer: Rowland71 3 reviews from this member

August 2004
Lovely views, not much shelter and very boggy during wet weather.
Great on site pub which gets very busy.
Toilets and shower block get very busy during peak periods. Not very clean.
Not very friendly at the shop, and don't play a radio even at lowest volume or you will get told off!
Area for walking dogs, and nice walks along the lake.
Very regimental site, would not reccommend in wet weather.
Watch out for the farmer who threatens to shoot dogs!

Reviewer: Rowland71 3 reviews from this member

July 2004
Quiet campsite with great views, however we found it regimental and ufriendly, pity.
Large open field, a few private area pitches under the trees - but don't play a radio!
Dog walk area and on site shop

Date of Visit: June 2006 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Manners27 1 review from this member

Arrived Friday aft: Site quiet, weather glorious, scenery spectacular.
Ate at Brotherswater Inn on the Friday (Barn End Bar closed). Food not bad and maybe a tad overpriced for what it is.
Saturday: Site getting busier, weather grey, scenery obscured by cloud
By teatime site was heaving. Tents crammed in every where. Facilities (esp toilets) were struggling to cope. Tents were too close together and we were kept awake by the loudest snorer in the world and van drivers running diesel engines till nearly midnight
Went out Sunday and when we came back at 2 o'clock the site was almost deserted again. It was bizarre.
Stayed till Tuesday and had a great time (but for the weather which stayed grey!)
Overall a very nice site. Great setting. Shop well stocked and staff more than helpful, Barn End Bar only open at weekends from what I could tell.
Brotherwater Inn more restaurant than Inn but pleasant non-the less. Would definitely come back, just not on a Saturday night.ever!
(Oh.,  no badgers encountered but did put the food in the car every night) 

Date of Visit: June 2006 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Deviltat 4 reviews from this member

Just got back from a great nights camping for the first weekend in June
Site: Very busy
Noise: MMM last weekend of school hols so lots of children having great fun and all settled down by 11:30pm
Pub: Great lunch at a good price, Beer a must for people who like good real ale.
Showers: Once again hot but do get cold when lots of people are using them as the water is fresh from the fells.
Toilets: The best campsite toilets I have used, even when they blocked on Saturday evening staff went straight in and did what needed to be done.
Views: Awesome sunset and great views around the sites as long as you don't mind looking up the fells.
This site is a must for all weather your a walker or a family looking for a base for the lakes.

Date of Visit: January 2006 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: PeteW 1 review from this member

In a nutshell;

Price: Steep (ish), but open in winter
Pitch: Take a mallet to be sure
Views: Woken up to better ones, but that often involves lugging gear up hills
Ambience: Quiet, likely due to season
Bogs: If you need a dump you won’t notice cubicle size or decor
Pub: Expect ‘theme restaurant with beer’ and you’ll be ok
Bar: Closed
Food: Alright; generous portions for, price vs quality against
Staff: Friendly
Badgers: Must have been too cold for ‘em

Date of Visit: August 2005 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Angrysavages 2 reviews from this member

Were there bank holiday weekend. Busy but didn't feel packed. Weather really bad, flattened a few tents. Everyone tried to make the best of it.
WARNING: Take the badger threat seriously. Had badgers in our tent the first night. And then they got in to two of our neighbours the following night, stole coleslaw from one and bread from the other. Sandwiches! If you want to experience wildlife, go here.

Reviewer: Daddio Dave 2 reviews from this member

September 2005
This site has such a beautiful setting, surrounded by mountains and Brotherswater just a short walk away. Nothing for kids on-site but walks to suit all abilities, with superb scenery wherever you go.

Admittedly, the cubicles and washing facilities in the toilet / shower block are small but there are plenty of them, so not really a problem. Never used the shop although it appeared to have all the basics.

The Barn End pub had a good atmosphere and the food was nice although a bit pricey. (Watch the sweet chili sauce on the Thai Fish Cakes, it is HOT!). The Brotherswater Inn is also on site and offers an alternative spot to enjoy a beer in the evening sunshine.

The site is flat and we had no problems with noise. We loved the place and will certainly go back.

Reviewer: Valderie 1 review from this member

September 2005
Fantastic views and superbly picturesque walks from campsite. Nice to have pleasant pub on site.

Facilities are not great but adequate. However one serious shortcoming that could be easily sorted out by owners. Stayed for a weekend and on both mornings there was no loo roll at all in the ladies - and no-one checking the facilities to replenish them (the facilities are not serviced until between 1-3pm). So take your own otherwise you will be caught short. Gents loos apparently the same.

Shop doesnt open till 830 so no-one around till then to report this to. This is very poor given the relative high cost of the campsite.

Showers do go cold during busy times but this is an understandable problem and not unique to this site.

Two bars - Brotherswater Inn is the nicest - the bar food is the standard fare ofered by most lakeland pubs BUT with prices on average about two pounds more expensive per dish than other places in Lakes for the same stuff. Drinks also a bit pricy but the bar has wonderful picture windows and a fab outdoor terrace.

Regarding noise, I would endorse comments made by others - ie dont camp near the loos or bar as it is very noisy (kids running around squawking loudly until after 11.30pm -1200pm): however it is encouraging to note the owners threw off a noisy group of people in a camper van the next day, due to complaints about noise going on till 3.30am. The bottom left corner of the site was nice and quiet - & wearing earplugs there was no real problem sleeping as the noisy from near the loos / bar was distant enough.

DO Note the warnings about keeping food away from the visiting badgers - we had one in out tent during the early hours trying to drag out a sealed coolbag that contained sealed pack of bacon and sealed pack of buns. No matter how well wrapped, they will smell it and try and get at it. Put ALL foodstuffs in the car.

My husband had to chase the thing off with a folded campchair, it wasn't startled by him and wasn't going to give up trying to claw the bag out (and they can be vicious - take note if you have a dog, as pooch will definitley come of worst!)

All in all, fantastic scenic location, worth a visit, and if owners could put a bit more effort into e.g. servicing the toilet facitiies then it would make all the difference.

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