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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 2015 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: John Hines 1 review from this member

Well, what a perfect site, perfect location, very well stocked on site shop, clean and tidy shower blocks etc and brilliant hosts in Martyn and Sara. Will definitely be back.

Three public houses within walking distance, all serving food and real ale. Well mapped out walks from the site, would recommend the river walk. Stunning.

Date of Visit: April 2015 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: Dubdogs 134 reviews from this member

Originally booked in to Eskdale for 3 nights over their Dubfest weekend, but ended up staying for 5. The Dubfest was very busy, but we still felt we had space around us and it was never really noisy. It was good to see all the VWs around. On the Sunday night the site cleared out and probably left around 5 units which is how it stayed until we left.

The location of the site is excellent with brilliant walking direct from the site, three pubs (The Brookhouse Inn was our favourite for food, not the cheapest but you get what you pay for!), the railway was a 5 minute stroll for a nice trip down the valley.

The facilities on site were always clean, the grass was well kept and the shop was stocked well enough that you didn't have to travel to buy food to cook in the van.

All-in-all, this easily enters my top three favourite sites visited and I look forward to returning.

Date of Visit: November 2014 Unit:  Other Rating:
Reviewer: Sceptical Camper 39 reviews from this member

(For my full review of Eskdale C&CC site please scroll back to September 2013)

I have camped at Eskdale C&CC site before and, like other club sites, it is very well run and maintained.

The warden lives on site and I found Martyn and his team very welcoming and helpful. The site has a friendly and cosy atmosphere.

As on my previous visit, I found the facilities block well-equipped and with enough cubicles, showers and handbasins. I liked the large shower cubicles with stools and clothes hooks and there was plenty of hot water during my visit. The laundry room with washing machine and tumble drier is handy too. Everything was spotlessly clean.

For this brief visit in wet and cold November weather I opted to hire one of the site's camping pods. This was my first experience of camping in a pod.

At Eskdale, the pods are in a little copse and arranged in several clusters. I had to park my car some way away which was not an issue because I travel light but it would be tedious lugging things back and forth if you had a lot of stuff with you.

The pods are built of local timber and - appropriately to the Lake District - insulated with sheep's wool. Each pod sleeps three people and there is good headroom. You need to take your usual camping mat, mattress or air bed.

The wooden floor is covered by hard matting and there is a battery LED light which was fairly dim. A small gas heater is provided though I did not use it. Double doors give access from the outside wood decking area. Dogs are allowed in the pods.

Pods are hailed as an alternative to a tent when the weather is bad and I appreciated how windproof and rainproof the pod was. Camping in a pod is convenient and doubtless has a quirky appeal for some people but the pod failed to win me over - I much prefer camping under canvas. The pods are not a cheap option either.

Although I wouldn't choose to camp in a pod again I will definitely revisit Eskdale C&CC site. It is maintained to a high standard and I recommended it.

Date of Visit: September 2014 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Bambi13 16 reviews from this member

A lovely site clean, tidy and very friendly.

When we arrived we had not booked up front but had come from another one that we did not feel was us. We were booked in and on site with no fuss.

There is a shop on site that has most things you need. Also WiFi slow but it does work. Public houses near by that do lovely meals.

The only thing I can say about this site is that it is one of the best we have been on. Showers etc brilliant. Children areas looked good.

Views wonderful and plenty of walks and a steam train near by.

When we were on site there was a problem with a group of people that was delt with by the owner. This proves that the site stands up to it's rules. Very good, so many don't.

Would I go back most certainly.

Date of Visit: September 2014 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Tlck9 32 reviews from this member

Typical club site facilities. Clean, warm showers and pleasant washing up and wash hand basin facilities.

Pitches were not marked out and we needed quite a long lead for EHU. Water facilities were by the site reception & not close by. Not a problem for us.

The site had many small groups which obviously suited the lack of marked pitches. But very little noise after 11pm.

We were not able to get phone signal or tv. The site provided wifi for 2 per night which we could sometimes get.

Location - bang smack in beyween 3 pubs, didn't try them but they seemed popular with other campsite people.

The road through the site was used by children playing on scooters. Which had it been height of summer could gave been annoying but the odd one up & down wasn't a problem. We did ask to be pitched away from the main family area as we don't have children.

Date of Visit: September 2014 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Dk168 21 reviews from this member

A very friendly camp site with helpful owner-warden and staff.

Not a big site, and it does not cater for caravans due to narrow roads in the surrounding areas.

It is a good base for those who like to walk, and the camp site has produced its own guide with a few walks starting from the site itself.

The site is next to a small village called Boot where there are 2 pubs that appear to be popular with walkers and those who stayed at the camp site.

The site does not have much facilities for children except for a set of swings. However, the children on site while I was there managed to find ways to entertain themselves, especially the stream that runs through the site.

The shop on site is well-stocked with essentials and reasonably priced.

Facilities were very clean, as one would expect from a C&CC club site. The only niggle, and it is a very tiny niggle, is that the site only has one set of drinking water taps by the facilities block. It would have been nicer to have a few more dotted around the site.

Showers being non push-button type which is a rarity for a C&CC club site.

There was no mobile phone reception on site for Orange, and I believe it was poor to non-existence for other networks. There is a payphone on site in the Dishwasher/Information room. There is no Site WiFi (i.e. C&CC WiFi cards will not work), however, it has its own WiFi installed that costs 2.00 GBP per visit (bargain IMHO especially when there is no mobile coverage).

There is a waterfall close to the site and it can be quite distracting for some.

I pitched near the entrance by the road. Although not a busy road as such, the noise from cars/farm machinery can still be distracting for some.

The site used to be part of a farm, and there are livestocks grazing in the nearby fields, therefore, one should expect some noise from the animals.

One will be well-advised to follow the site's guide on how to reach the site using main roads in order to avoid the Hardknott Pass, as it is definitely not for the faint-hearted (I tried to cross it in my car and had to turn back).

All in all, a very nice site, and I shall definitely return in future.

Date of Visit: July 2014 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Kpcamper 3 reviews from this member

Very hard to add much to the existing reviews except to affirm them. The site was relatively quiet as the English school holidays had not started and we camped Sunday to Friday. We were sited on the field that the road to reception goes through - with our back to the little stream running through the site. We had EHU and were offered a choice of sites - close to facilities or a little bit away, morning sun or evening sun. Pitch seemed flat although we realised there was a very slight slope in the bedroom. Had difficulty getting some pegs in (should have dug out the rock pegs). The facilities were spotless and there was plenty of information available including printed up to date weather forecasts for the hillwalkers. There was a free hairdryer in the ladies. Although we had no children with us we could see some having a great time on the trampoline on site. There are three good pubs within walking distance and great breakfasts at the Eskdale station cafe. We had very nice sandwiches made on request at the post office. Although I'm not a hillwalker we did manage some Wainwrights which can be done on circular walks directly from the site. My OH hates camping but agreed we will be back (he thinks he's going to get me up Scafell Pike).

Date of Visit: June 2014 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Fudge59 22 reviews from this member

Wonderful, wonderful site in a tiny village away from the coast. Pitches not too crowded together, nice views of the hills, although there isn't too much evening sun (even in June) because of the valley location. Good shop with local real ale, friendly staff, excellent facilities.

Nice walks from the site, we walked down to Ravenglass and took the train back up. There's also a good walk over to Wastwater, and many others, a glance at the OS map will give you many ideas.

We had a great meal at Brooke House Inn, and would recommend.

All in all an idyllic site for a stay, would go back in a heartbeat.

Date of Visit: May 2014 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Wallyjg 3 reviews from this member

Just returned from the bank holiday weekend at this wonderful campsite. The staff couldn't have been more helpful. They even helped us out with a bulb which we failed to bring! Pitches were lovely and flat and even though it was busy due to it being a bank holiday, tents were still well placed. Have three fields for tents as well as pods and a camping barn so the choices here are endless. We also didn't need to use the car for the whole weekend as there are plenty of walks right from the site. We opted not to go over hardknott but instead went over birker fell. What a lovely drive to the site. Well worth the effort to get to this place. The shop has everything you could possibly need and although a little pricey, they are what you expect from a convenience store. Plus everything was fresh and because it was busy they even extended their opening hours to accommodate. Toilet block was spotless, showers lovely and hot. Miss the site already and can't wait too go back. Thank you for a wonderful weekend!

Date of Visit: May 2014 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Neltek 5 reviews from this member

Second visit here since it was taken over by the Camping and Caravanning Club.

This time went up with my 27 year old Khyam Igloo and newer atrium/porch.

No electric for me this time as just my 6 year old son and me.

The journey up from Worcestershire was awful and we didn't arrive till 22:30! I rang ahead and explained apologetically. They were great. When we arrived they came down upon me ringing from the phone at reception.

Again a lovely flat pitch. My son loved it - great adventure playground with tree swings and fun stuff. He also had lots of large field area to ride round on his bike.

Facilities are great - clean toilets, family room, washing up room and well stocked shop.

Staff were wonderful and couldn't do enough to help, dealing with panicky son when I had gone to do washing up, jump starting my car etc.

The area is lovely with amazing walks on the doorstep where you will hardly meet anyone all day, 2 pubs, a mill, a mini steam train that travels to the coast.

Fantastic site

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