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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

 Tent Pitches   No Caravans   Motorhome Pitches   Glamping Units 
 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: May 2009 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Kymspencer 3 reviews from this member

Before I start a word of advice - if you own a small car with a small engine, do not take the Hardknott Pass to get to this site! I love driving, especially on country roads, but in a 1380cc Fiesta full of camping gear, going up a single track road at a 60 degree incline with your car screaming in first gear, praying no-one is coming the opposite way because if you stop you'll never start again is a hair raising experience!

After all that though, once my partner and I made it to Eskdale, it was all worth it. The views from the site are stunning, it really does feel like you're in the middle of nowhere. The owners are lovely and gave a really warm welcome, showed us around and put is in a lovely little spot. The facilities are great, very clean and plenty of showers - we never had to queue despite the site being nearly full. There is lots of space for washing up, and a little shop onsite that seems to sell anything you could think of. We went to go hiking in the area, and the site is a brilliant base for all sorts of walks including Scafell Pike, and we saw plenty of cyclists in the area as well. There are a couple of pubs in the area within walking distance too.

The best bit of the site was the camping pods - little wooden 'tents' that you can hire out with their own porch and french doors. We didn't use them but they looked great - especially if you're trying to convince reluctant friends into trying camping!

Overall this is a fantastic site, and we will definitely be returning soon.

Date of Visit: May 2009 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: The_Muso 9 reviews from this member

Stayed here as part of a long distance walk (Inn Way). I had tried to pre book but despite being unable to (due to the proximity to the bank holiday) I was told they never turn away backpackers, which is good to know. The site was like a bowling green, level, dry, sheltered with a good scattering of electric points and picnic benches. Owner was very helpful on arrival despite us arriving after reception hours and the little shop provided us with all we needed to cook up a feast in the morninig.

Good things: Great pitches, very good showers and toilets etc. Laundry and drying room (although the drying room didn't seem to be massivly effective the night we were there). Great attitude of owner - had no problem with an all male group. Plenty of wash up space.

Bad things: The only slight issue was the hot water didn't last that long, perhaps we timed it wrong and were too late and too early in the morning. Overall this wasn't a major issue.

Pub wise, the Boot Inn was great for food and beer and they even made us lunches in the morning to take with us. The Brook House had shut by 10pm so can't comment. Everyone we spoke to advised us to steer well clear of the Woolpack.

Overall, this site was spot on in every way. Given its quiet location and proximity to the hills and the coast (and the train) I will definitely be coming back.

Date of Visit: May 2009 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Mitchells123 1 review from this member

We have just returned from a 10 day stay at this site and can't wait to go back again.

As all reviews before, site is extremely clean, staff are very helpful, scenery fantastic, shop well stocked, Boot Inn wonderful food & great beer. Great base for fell walking but most of all a really good place to get away from it all and relax. This campsite is very well run and organised making the camper feel at ease unlike some other sites we've been to.

Date of Visit: May 2009 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Picksleys 3 reviews from this member

What a beautiful site! Our first 'proper' camping trip - and the site owners could not have made it easier. The showers and toilets were immaculate and free! Could do with a few more at peak times but plenty of hot water all through the day so we went off-peak.

Nice little shop, reasonably priced.

Trampoline went down well with the 9 and 5 year old and lovely wood play area.

Camping pods look fun - we are thinking of braving New Years Eve there.

Would not recommend Hardknott Pass for the faint hearted or anything less than a 4 x 4 - have not met anyone who came that way and didn't go back a different way. Scenery was awesome though!

Steam train to Ravensglass worth a visit although not much at Ravensglass itself.

Boot pub 2 mins walk from site and good selection of food and beers with a lovely play area. All in all would definitely recommend this lovely site - just what we imagined camping to be like! Thankyou to all the staff for making it so enjoyable.

Date of Visit: May 2009 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Kerrie454 1 review from this member

Absolutely excellent campsite !

We arrived on Sunday of a bank holiday and having tried a couple sites before we got that far (all full) and this site also said full. We tried our luck anyway & a really friendly & helpful chap said he'd squeeze us in.

Lovely site, tents / motorhomes not tightly squeezed together, good play area & trampoline for kids, as well as a wood to play in.

Showers, toilets, shop & washing facilities all very modern & ultraclean - free showers actually stay on until you turn them off ! lol !

Only down side was the 'no fires' rule, though he was very understanding whilst explaining it was to save the grass (even if you have something to raise it up) and also to stop noise from going on too late.

All-in-all a very nice campsite (if a little out of the way), a very nice pub nearby and you can walk up Scafell Pike straight from the site.

Would definitely stay there again !

Date of Visit: April 2009 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Titchrilley 3 reviews from this member

We used this site for a weeks fell walking. It is an excellent campsite. We were able to put our 2 two man tents on one pitch and even leave the car here while we were out on the hills.

The wash room and toilet facilities were immaculate.

The owner was helpful in showing us to our pitch and recommending a good pub for the evening.

I will definitely come back. But next time I will drive the long way round rather than taking 'Hardnott Pass' as this is not really a good route for a fully laden car.

We didn't see much of the local area as we were only interested in rock and rain.

Date of Visit: May 2009 Unit:  Other Rating:
Reviewer: IM/CH 1 review from this member

We have visited this particular site about 5 times now over the last two years, we have never been disappointed.

The last two visits we made here we stayed in the Pods, if, like me, you love camping but have a partner who doesn't they are ideal. More than enough room for a family of four to sleep, with a porch area to sit, eat, drink and admire the views.

The facilities are top notch and the family shower room is a big attraction for us, two showers which are part of one cubicle, one toilet and sink and baby changing all in one room. Those of you with toddlers will know what a real help this is when it comes to shower time, all three of us just jump in together.

The play area for kids could be a little bigger but the trampoline is obviously a big hit.

The Eskdale to Ravenglass steam train is a must if you have kids or are a bit of a kid at heart and lunch at the 'Ratty' in Ravenglass is recommended.

There are two pubs very close to the campsite, we recommend the 'Brook House' for food and drink but the 'Boot Inn' has a great outside drinking area and play area.

If you fancy a walk you are spoilt for choice and you would need two holidays to do them all.

Date of Visit: April 2009 Unit:  Trailer Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Johnnyfuggles 8 reviews from this member

I booked our pitch some way in advance of arrival and the lady on the phone, Sara, was very polite, helpful in answering any questions that I had and also spoke to us about the benefits of being a member of the c&cc.

The approach road to the site was no problem.

My first impression of the site as I drove in was that it looked smaller than I had imagined but very nice all the same.

At reception, we parked up and walked to the shop to check in.

Martin knew who we were immediately, checked us in, gave our instructions as to where everything was and showed us to our pitch, no problems at all.

Pitching was easy, level ground, easy pegging for the awning, 16amp ehu and best of all, the view from our camper, it was fantastic.

The shop on site operated good opening hours and sold most essentials, fresh meats and camping accessories.

Importantly, the showers etc. were spotless at all times. The ladies and gents shower block both had three shower units each, always hot and powerful and a number of wash basins and electric shaver points. They were also fitted with hair dryers for use free of charge.

There was an indoor and outdoor (under cover) pot wash area, again always clean and no end of hot water and never any queuing to use any of the facilities.

The children's play area consisted of a couple of swings near the camping pods and a trampoline (a huge hit with the kids) and small play area in the top corner of the camping area.

Kids of all ages just played together and got on really well, not one bit of bother with any of them.

The shop also had maps of walks within the area which where great and the scenery around, very picturesque.

The small village of Boot had a small shop and a great pub 'The Boot Inn', very child and dog friendly and great food (the Boot pie was delicious).

All in all a fantastic place, and would we go again? Try holding us back!

Date of Visit: April 2009 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: John-c 2 reviews from this member

The site is very clean and the welcome was very friendly. The staff at the site were friendly, pleasant and helpful. There was an occasion when the shop was shut (it was after 6pm on the sunday) when the site warden was emptying bins, I had left something in the block and asked if it had been handed in, he did not hesitate to open the shop / office return said item and serve the kids that were wanting sweets.

The shower block and toilets were very clean and very well maintained by the staff.

My only thought is to the planners of the toilet and shower block missing the opportunity to make this site perfect would have been to increase the number of showers and toilets from three to maybe four or five. When we were there the site was down 20 pitches due to the weather and at busy times folk waiting were five and six deep.

We had a wonderful time, the pubs nearby were friendly with a good atmosphere and food choice was good. There were two pubs within 5 mins walk, a small shop for ice cream.There was something for everyone and I look forward to going back.

Date of Visit: June 2008 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Daz3223 7 reviews from this member

This a late review as I forgot to mention my favourite site so far. All previous reviewers have mentioned everything that is good about this site including the nearby pubs that allow dogs, the views, the brilliant walks, the new shower and toilet blocks, the staff, no mobile phone signal, no caravans. I could go on and on and without exaggeration.

I will absolutely be returning to this site as soon as possible and urge anyone interested in quiet and solitude and open country to do the same.

Oh and by the way if your not there in winter do drive over Hardknott Pass it's a right hoot.

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