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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 205 Reviews
                9/10 from 205 Reviews

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Who's it for
 Adults Only   Club Members Only   Rallies Welcome   Naturist Site 
 Dogs Welcome   No Dogs Allowed   Groups Welcome   Motorbikers Welcome 
 Toilet Facilities   Hot Showers   Washing Up   Bathroom 
 Baby Changing Facilities   Laundry On Site   Drinking Water   Disabled Friendly 
 Chemical Disposal   Battery Charging   Gas Exchange   Recycling Facilities 
 Kitchen Facilities   Freezer Available    Motorhome Point   Fully Serviced Pitches 
 Shop On Site   Bar <1 mile   Restaurant <1 mile   Wifi Access 
 Kids Playground   TV Room   Games Room   Evening Entertainment 
 Fishing <5 miles   Wild Swimming   Indoor Pool   Outdoor Pool 
 Horse Riding   Cycle Hire <1 mile   Golf <1 mile   Tennis 
 Beach   Watersports   Boat Launch / Mooring 
Other Features
 Sea Views   Working Farm   Campfires Allowed   Open All Year 
 Waterside Pitches   Public Transport <1 mile  Dog Walk 

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Date of Visit: August 2009 Unit:  Other Rating:
Reviewer: CHAPPELL45 1 review from this member

We have just returned from a splendid few days on this site and have nothing but praise for the facilities on site and the helpful management.

Just a few minutes from Ratty and an excellent public house. Will return at a later date.

Facilities 100% for cleanliness and Pods location.

The site is located close to many natural beauty spots and attractions

Date of Visit: July 2009 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Thevaliant67 4 reviews from this member

Just back from a 2 week break and overall, a very satisfying and happy holiday.

There is lots that I could write about as the site is excellent (albeit with a couple of down points) and the surrounding area superb but will keep it short.

First the positives. The facilities were first class and I only had to queue once for the showers which is not bad given we were there is peak season. Martyn and Sara are excellent hosts and nothing was too much trouble. There is loads of space for the kids to play and the trampoline was a huge hit.
The two pubs are literally within 5 minutes walk of the site and both serve good beer and food. The surrounding area is superb and if you like walking, this is a haven (I would personally recommend the view from the top of Whinn Rigg over Waswater and Wasdale - not the biggest mountain but certainly spectacular).

On the downside we did get flooded however, this was during the massive rain storm that the whole of the UK experienced in late July and to put it into context, Keswick was totally evacuated whereas Eskdale lost around 12 pitches.
We did find the big field noisy and a little crowded but again, when we asked if we could move Martyn was very helpful and we moved to the smaller field which was brilliant.

I would thoroughly recommend this site to people.

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

Just spent 4 days there OMG it was fantastic I camped solo and felt completely safe. It was clean and very quiet. There is a good supplied shop and the toilet and shower facilities were very very clean. There is no mobile phone signal (which for me was great) but there is a callbox on site.
I will be going to this site again! Its next to the village of Boot which had 2 large pubs that sold very good meals there is also a working mill next to a very impressive waterfall

Date of Visit: July 2009 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Hoonette 5 reviews from this member

The site was lovely; everything very clean with excellent facilities. Toilets, showers, dishwashing, laundry all very nice. Good facilities for children with swings, play area and giant trampoline.

The surrounding area is incredible and we found plenty to do just admiring the local scenery. There are 3 pubs within walking distance; I can particularly recommend the Boot Inn, which does great food and has a wonderful playground for the kids.

Despite all this, we wouldn't actually return to the site. First, the corner of the field we were in was full of midges, meaning we couldn't sit outside in the evenings. I don't think the whole site is affected, but the midges were so bad it really ruined our holiday.

Second, we found the onsite shop overpriced. We don't mind paying extra for the convenience, but when it came to £1.20 for a tin of spaghetti costing 53p at the local supermarket, we thought this was too much. The shop also has very limited opening hours and never seemed to be open when we needed anything.

I am sure most people would love this site. Just make sure you get a pitch away from the midges, and plan your cooking so you can buy any missing ingredients during the 4 hours the shop is open!

Date of Visit: July 2009 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Valerie Ellens 2 reviews from this member

My husband and I spent our two weeks holiday at Eskdale and had a really lovely time. The staff were very friendly and helpful and nothing was to much trouble. The whole surrounding area is very picturesque and there are lots of easy walks straight from the site. We bought some books and identified lots of wild flowers and trees something we wouldn't have thought of doing at home.
The pubs are super, we can recommend the sausage and mash and the local cider!
The only negative is a one that apparently is common to a lot of sites and that is the amenity blocks, because even though they were very clean and up to 5 star standard there just isn't enough for the amount of people that were accommodated on the site. The ladies only have four toilet cubicles and one private toilet and four showers and these are to serve two large camping fields, the new pods and an overflow field. I gave up trying to have a shower on the weekends and I believe the men have even fewer facilities.
Having said all that we still loved it and would go back but hopefully with a portaloo and toilet tent!

Date of Visit: July 2009 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: MandyLou29 15 reviews from this member

We went to this site on an impulsive last minute getaway and were so glad we did. The site is very pretty and makes a lovely setting with great scenery. The facilities were ample and clean and it was a pretty rainy weekend but we didnít see messy toilet block floors or anything so the wardens were doing a fab job.

We had a friendly reception and were given a choice of pitches. There was a big family tent field and a quieter area along the driveway up through the site. We chose a pitch near the entrance and were very happy with it.

Midges werenít bad despite being pitched under a tree and backing onto a stream and the ground seemed to be well draining. The Camping Pods on site were all occupied and looked fun, as did the Camping Barn. I donít think Iíd have wanted to be pitched in the family field as the tents looked to be all over the place despite the 6m rule and we liked our location.

Nearby is the tiny village of Boot which has a little pub and post office, very quaint. Thereís two pubs within very short walking distance and both are nice.

We took the bikes and tackled the Eskdale Trail which ends in Ravenglass and bypasses the Ravenglass Camping Club site so we went and had a nosey. Seemed nice enough but we were happier with Eskdale. The bike trail was fantastic although if we were to go again I think we would skip the Muncaster Fell, that was a killer.

We passed rivers and stream and some had folk swimming in them and jumping off the bridges, great idea with a picnic etc. We had saddle sore by the time we reached Ravenglass (very novice!) so we decided to catch the little steam train back to the site. Not cheap but itís fun and worth a look.

Thereís nothing in Ravenglass so I guess itís not worth a day trip out on the train so canít recommend that but it is fun. We put the bikes in a special carriage and we sat in the open top section and it was lovely. The station at Eskdale is right by the site and itís a very pretty station with colourful flowers and hanging baskets.

There was no mobile phone signal for us (o2) but there is a payphone on site. We only went for a weekend so had plenty provisions with us but the shop doesnít stock much and you are very remote so best go prepared. We accessed the site via Hardknott Pass which is pretty hair-raising and not for the faint hearted but for the more confident drivers is an experience we wouldnít have wanted to miss.

Itís fab but like I said if youíre a nervous driver or very heavily loaded or if youíre a pulling a trailer I would recommend you find an alternate route. We will definitely return to this site and book a longer stay. Highly recommended.

Date of Visit: July 2009 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Neltek 5 reviews from this member

I have been travelling to Boot, Eskdale for over 20 years helping with Duke of Edinburgh Award.

I love the area.

Boot has a vicarage, steam railway, 2 pubs, and shop plus a working mill. There is a lovely waterfall nearby and walk to Burnmoor tarn and over to Wasdale Head.

Simply excellent.

Great service, nice level pitches. The C&CC insist on 6m gap between pitches.

For my first time we bought an electric hookup and used electric supply on site. Fantastic for light and our fridge.

There is a well stocked shop, ladies and gents toilets and showers and a family room with double showers with optional curtain between, sink, toilet and baby changing unit.

We took our 18 month old son and the family room was lovely.

They have separate dishwashing room with phone inside and laundry facilities.

There are some new camping wooden pods and a camping barn too.

There are two play areas for kids - swings and trampoline - suitable for slightly older children than ours.

The facilities were regularly cleaned and generally this was an excellent site.

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

Just back from a fantastic and tiring backpacking trip through the lake district.

Me and my wife and our two border collies arrived on foot from Coniston after a long day's walk and had been told by Martyn that bookings for backpackers were not required. Upon arrival, we received what certainly must be one of the most welcoming receptions I've received on a campsite. We were shown to a quiet par of the campsite, across a little stream, which was designated for backpackers. The campsite was filling up rapidly, but we never experienced any noise or intrusions; the site was extremely well maintained and had the best campsite showers we've ever used. The shop was excellent and stocked all necessities, from milk to gas bottles and Jennings!

The Boot Inn next door is very welcoming too, and serves good food and nice drinks.

One final thank you to Martyn and his staff for allowing us to leave our packs in storage, so that we could complete our last day to Wasdale with lighter loads and pick it up by car on the way home.

Date of Visit: June 2009 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Julia Edwards 3 reviews from this member

Quiet and friendly site, ideal for couples and families

As weíre not a member of the Camping and Caravanning club it was quite expensive at £22 per night but it was well worth the additional fee.

Superb facilities, clean and modern and no additional payment required for showers.

Well stocked shop

Friendly and helpful staff

2 pubs in easy walking distance

Ideal location for walkers

I would definitely return

Date of Visit: June 2009 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Adam Peal 1 review from this member

Lovely site in fantastic setting. Probably one of the best toilet blocks around (fairly recently refurbished by the looks of it), laundry room, barbecue area and well stocked shop. Friendly staff and up until the weekend the site was completely peaceful. A couple of decent pubs nearby within easy walking distance that serve good food. Good walking straight from the site but be careful if you get the steam train down to Ravenglass expecting a day out at a quaint seaside town - you may be disappointed ! Nearby Muncaster Castle is well worth a visit though.

Once the site got busy and the tent field was full it got quite noisy and the surrounding valley seems to reflect noise so if you want a quiet break go midweek. If you have kids and don't mind the racket they will probably love it and have plenty of new friends in no time.

If you are towing or a driver of a nervous disposition, do NOT go over Hardknott and Wrynose pass, follow the coast road round and cut inland near Ravenglass. Also makes it slightly long-winded getting to the touristy side of the Lakes (Coniston, Windermere etc) but this is not always a bad thing.

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