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Waterside House Campsite
Waterside House
Cumbria   (Browse area)
CA10 2NA
Tel: 01768 486332
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Pitches: 120
Open: 28/03/2024 to 01/11/2024

Rating: Average Review Score: 8/10 from 208 Reviews
                8/10 from 208 Reviews

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Who's it for
 Families Welcome   Not Members Only   Rallies Welcome   Not Naturist Site 
 Dogs Welcome   No Dogs Allowed   Groups Welcome   Motorbikers Welcome 
 Toilet Facilities   Hot Showers   Washing Up   No Bathroom 
 Baby Changing Facilities   Laundry On Site   Drinking Water   Disabled Friendly 
 Chemical Disposal   No Battery Charging   Gas Exchange   Recycling Facilities 
 No Kitchen Facilities   Freezer / Fridge    Motorhome Point   Wifi Access 
 Shop On Site   Bar <1 mile   Restaurant or Cafe or Takeaway On Site 
 Kids Playground   No TV Room   No Games Room   No Evening Ents 
 Fishing On Site   Wild Swimming On Site   No Indoor Pool   No Outdoor Pool 
 Horse Riding <1 mile   Cycle Hire On Site   No Golf   No Tennis 
 Beach On Site   Watersports On Site   Boat Launch / Mooring On Site 
Other Features
 Sea Views   Working Farm   No Campfires Allowed 
 Lakeside Pitches   Public Transport <1 mile  Offroad Dog Walk On Site or Direct Access 

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Date of Visit: May 2018 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Coastcamper 32 reviews from this member

 This is a perfect family campsite.

Apart from the hookup pitches you can camp where you like. We were a family group of 8 adults and 3 children (8, 3 & 5 months) in 3 tents and one motorhome. We chose the family field because of its proximity to the park and toilets which are right next to the cows. Pitch further away if the sound of mooing all night bothers you.

Plenty of space for ball games and Ďsports dayí.

Direct access to Ullswater so get yourself an inflatable canoe and some life jackets or hire a boat from the site.

Toilets and showers pristine all BH weekend. There are no family facilities but the older 2 are used to camping with us and can shower themselves and the baby bathed in the sink then got rinsed off with his brothers.

Staff including night security extremely friendly.

And you are allowed fires in fire pits - such a great camping experience for everyone.

Weíve stayed on this site before and I can find no fault with it.

If you want regimented pitches and no animals there are plenty other sites on the Lakes to choose from. 

Date of Visit: May 2018 Unit:  Motorhome
Reviewer: Sue Paul 80 reviews from this member

 Truly splendid site location wise and great new facilities for this year.

We wild camped water side, views to die for and loads to see.

Had a great walk waterside all the way to Pooley Bridge which has improved since our last visit thankfully, The Sun is great for beer and food but expensive.

Our second visit to Waterside and we will re visit for sure.

The only thing we didnít like was the farm dogs bounding up to us at high speed as we didnít know if they were friendly or not, itís a working farm I know but hardly ideal. Donít knock it though as a great site with great staff. 

Date of Visit: August 2017 Unit:  Other
Nights stayed: 4 Travelling as:  Family with young children
Reviewer: Shartley 10 reviews from this member

 Stayed in one of the Tipi's here on the side of the lake, great pitch with a fire pit and picnic table and natural divides between pitches. Very relaxing site, play park and small shop giving everything you need.

The toilet blocks were clean but do get filled with flies, this is kept on top of and doesn't really impact the site. Great location and footpath along the lake shore to the village which has great choice for food and drinks.

Highly recommended and if we go to the Lakes again we will head back here. 

Date of Visit: April 2017 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Mamunbabu2001 1 review from this member

 Pros :

1. Nice location ( by the lake ).

2. Staffs are really friendly and helpful.

3. Easy access and town nearby

Cons :

1. Has an on site farm and entrance ( where the mina shower block, washing facility, shop, catering is located ) always smells of animal waste. The entrance road is often drity with washed animal waste from the farm.

2. Electric pitches are next to the road and farm. So, you have traffic noise and screaming farm animal at night. 

Date of Visit: September 2016 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Pbennett 1 review from this member

 Had an amazing time. First time camping. Drove from Peterborough to waterside farm, took hours but once here was made very welcome, even arrived late but still made welcome. Campsite was brill. Everything that you needed was on site anymore. Camp fire with the fire pit was so much fun and the boats were amazing. We will becoming back in a few months with the family this time. Thanks so much for an amazing time xx 


Date of Visit: August 2016 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Gwatts1984 1 review from this member

 My family and I stayed here a few weeks back, we had only really camped in wales before this as closer to home. On arrival it was a bit wet and windy to say the least. But once pitched we took a stroll around and immediately noticed how friendly the staff was, how clean the site was and what great facilities they had. It brightened up and we had the best long weekend ever. I summited gow barrow fell and was taken away by the views of the lake district. 100% recommend this site. Hoping to stay in the lakes again in October and to summit scafell pike this time. 

Date of Visit: July 2016 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: TIM R 2 reviews from this member

 Great location. Very friendly and helpful staff.

Exceptionally clean toilets and showers.

Cannot fault the facilities at all.

HOWEVER, when we arrived, we deliberately chose NOT to go into the family field. Nothing against children but we've been there, done that and got the scars.

Pitched up on a Tuesday and were surrounded by couples. Went out on the Friday for a walk to find that the world and his wife and their dogs and children had arrived and instead of using the family field, had pitched up in ours. Meanwhile the family field remained half empty.

There is supposed to be a 3 metre rule about pitching next to other tents but this was ignored as campers pitched anywhere they liked.

Needless to say, the couples around us packed up the next day, as did we and left a day early.

Perhaps some enforcement of the families in family field should be applied (volumes permitting), OR, reserve a field for couples only, after all, outside of school holidays it's couples that keep campsites ticking over. 

Date of Visit: June 2016 Unit:  Motorhome
Reviewer: Strathearn 4 reviews from this member

 Had an enjoyable stay with my dog when walking the Ullswater Way (20-mile circuit of the lake), which goes through the campsite. After two days of walking I stayed a third night so I could just chill out for a day and enjoy the splendid location. Hired a canoe on site for an hour to see the campsite from the water (rowing boats and bikes also available). My dog had a super time too.

The staff were helpful and friendly, but unobtrusive. I wasn't on electric hookup (so had acres of grass to chose where to pitch), but on a couple of dayspaid a £1 and left them with my drained camera batteries and a charger to plug in in the reception while I was away.

The Ullswater Way is a super way marked walk with wonderful views. The Ullswater Steamers that ply the lake and the Stagecoach 508 bus enable walkers to tackle it in sections Ė both can be joined in Pooley Bridge, which is a delightful 1-mile walk away, so no need to move your vehicle and pay a few pounds for parking in a busy car park for the day.

The area suffered badly in the winter floods, especially Storm Desmond, but has recovered quickly. The A592 down the west side of Ullswater has been rebuilt an reopened and Pooley Bridge has a replacement bailey bridge (where the one from the 1700s was swept away). 

Date of Visit: August 2015 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: DanBoy 2 reviews from this member

 I've read a few and agree with them. The staff, location, views, site, village, Waterside is the complete package. Our 3rd visit and certainly not our last. Very popular site. The toilets and showers are always clean, as are the washing up area's. The shop is well supplied and the burger van is open almost all day. Get booked up!

Danny, Kristy & Vicky 

Date of Visit: July 2015 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Magnusspuss 10 reviews from this member

 Very lovely setting, though we felt a little too hemmed in by tents and cars. So much so there was no where left around us for the kids to play with a ball or safely away from cars.

It rained a bit, a puddle formed in the tarp shelter.

Kids LOVED the lake and played in it a lot. Nice walks along the lake and to the village. Again a river for kids to play in, paddling with fishnets. We took a boat ride, which was possibly too long for kids.

Toilets fine. Staff nice.

Lovely pub to dry off in and have food.

I would return but not in the busy season. 

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