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Eskdale Campsite
Cumbria   (Browse area)
CA19 1TH
Tel: 019467 23253  or  019467 23270
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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: December 2012 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Snoopysmum 24 reviews from this member

A beautiful site, very helpful and friendly owners, fabulous modern toilet/shower block.

Lovely setting, many many walks up fells, through woodland or along the river Esk.

We met up with friends for New Year, booked dinner at Brook House Inn on New Years Eve and had a lovely time, the food is superb!

Lots of other pubs with very good beers (according to hubbie) and food.

A super area, we will return soon!

Date of Visit: October 2012 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Mattsmom 8 reviews from this member

Once again, a visit to this site recharged our batteries and proved every bit as good as in previous visits. The site only takes a few, smaller motorhomes and tents, no caravans. There are pods available also for hire, as well as a camping barn and the site is, I would say, primarily geared up for campers, walkers, hikers and cyclists. There is a drying room for wet clothes if the weather is unsuitable to hang on the two available washing lines, a washing machine and tumble dryer and a well-stocked shop which has some items useful for campers as well as food and drink.

It is extremely well-run and cared for, the owner, Martin, having a real passion for his site and the comfort of those using it. There are two small areas for children to play, a stream running through the site and close by, in the village of Boot, 3 pubs serving good food-and you can take your dogs into the pubs!-as well as the village shop. There is also a very good cafe at the station a few hundred metres along the road, open when the little railway is open, which runs from Dalegarth to Ravenglass.

Although the road to the site is narrow, there are plenty of passing places. The road continues past the site on to Hard Knott Pass, not to be undertaken in a motorhome! Scafell is accessible from the site but if that is a step too far, many other easier and lovely walks are within reach.

I can't praise the wardens and Martin enough for their personal attention and helpful attitude, nothing is too much trouble. The showers and toilets are always very clean, with a mop and cloth to clean up after yourself, an excellent idea. The only little moan I have is that the floor of the showers is flat, so water runs from shower to shower but as we go in the quieter times, that is not much of a problem to us. It is a very peaceful site, even when busy, and Martin is always on hand to ensure that it remains that way. Very well worth a visit.

Date of Visit: August 2012 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Cwatki123 1 review from this member

Myself and my partner picked this site as it was in the heart of the lakes and we wanted to climb Scafell Pike.

When driving to the site we went over Hardknott pass which we were later told is the highest and steepest pass in England. I'd advise against this. It's very steep and winding and if you get stuck behind someone who is a timid driver (and you will be) you're constantly in first gear riding the clutch.

The best option is to go south of Windemere down the A590/A5092/A595 past Broughton-in-Furness. It might add a few more miles to the journey but in terms of time, it's actually quicker as you can maintain a more constant speed.

On arrival at the site we were greeted with lots of tents, families and a beautifully kept site.

I was noticeably worked up having driven over the pass so unexpectedly and we'd also forgotten our camping stove. The lady in the office made us a cup of coffee and also lent us a stove which we were very grateful for.

As there were lots of families on the site that weekend she sited us just over a little stream on a separate piece of land. You could still hear kids playing but that's expected during the summer, however there was never any noise at night.

The utilities at the site are very modern, clean and well maintained. Hot water is available 24 hours and the shop is open from early until late. There is a drying room for drying clothing, towels, etc.

The site itself is set in a beautiful location in the Eskdale valley, surrounded by hills and fields. There are 2 pubs within walking distance, but I must recommend the Woolpack as the best of them. They also deliver pizza to the site and have a 'minibus' service to and from the site (although it's actually an old army truck).

The site itself shuts the gates to cars at 11pm so if you're driving back bear that in mind. Also, if the site is busy it can be quite difficult to park in the evenings. There were so many cars on the site when we stayed that people were literally parking everywhere but I must admit nobody got blocked in and they manage it quite well.

The site is in a great location for visiting Eskdale, Scafell, Wastwater and even the west coast. There is also a steam railway station within walking distance and that'll take you pretty much to the coast too.

Might be worth noting there is absolutely no mobile phone signal at all on any network here, so you may want to give the campsite number to family members just in case. There is free wi-fi at the Woolpack if you do feel a little out of touch!

All in all a fantastic site, I would definitely go back. However, if the weather is bad it makes getting there quite hard work and once you're there it's definitely a site for those who like the outdoors, which again might be a bit hard work if it's throwing it down.

Date of Visit: August 2012 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Db123 6 reviews from this member

This is the best camping and caravan site I have stayed on. The staff are so friendly and helpful, the facilities are very clean and the shop is well stocked, good job as it is a long way to the nearest town, was here over the bank holiday, but the excellent staff new were to pitch, as on the Monday, it rained all day and by night I had a lake at back and side of my tent, but by the morning had gone down, but wet under foot.

The pubs are within easy reach and there is a little shop in boot as well. Cannot rate this site enough 10+++++

Date of Visit: August 2012 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Karenina 4 reviews from this member

We stayed here for the August Bank holiday. When we arrived we were shown to a pitch and advised which way to pitch. The field we were on was already starting to show a little wear and tear from the weather but nothing major.

As we pitched we managed to bend a few tent pegs through hitting a stony layer a couple of inches down so might be worth bearing in mind when deciding which pegs to use.

We had two kids aged 7 &8 and they loved the play area. The trampoline in particular went down very well!

The second day of our stay was wall to wall rain and the field became waterlogged in places but the staff had made sure no one had pitched in these places and on the entrance/exit to the field put down bark chippings. They also limited traffic on and off the field to stop it becoming a quagmire.

Excellent management which we were really impressed with. The facilities are the best we have had on a campsite. Plenty of hot water and kept fabulously clean!

The shop was very handy, especially when our kids realised they had forgotten bedtime teds and we were able to get stand ins!

Great walks nearby and plenty of pubs servibg excellent food. On this trip we went to The Woolpack Inn at the bottom of Hardknott Pass which was lovely and they even provide free lifts in an army truck!

We will definitely return to this site again.

Date of Visit: July 2012 Unit:  Other Rating:
Reviewer: Norhwesteners 2 reviews from this member

Second time here. Stayed in a camping pod with another family. Lots of space for kids to run round and explore. Pods big enough to fit 2 double air beds and space inside for a few bags. Warm and with this year's poor summer weather, a great alternative to a tent.

Lovely, clean, safe site. Great facilities: Play area, well stocked shop, drying room etc. Shower rooms modern, always clean and well maintained. Lots of hot washing up water.

Close proximity to pubs, all of which we have tried and all serve excellent food. Quiet at night. Listen out for the owls and watch the bats.

Easy access from the site for walks no matter your ability.

Highly recommended for both families and couples. Would definitely return a third time.

Date of Visit: June 2012 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Mattsmom 8 reviews from this member

Once again, another lovely stay at Eskdale, such a peaceful site. The managers, Martin, Charlie, Lisa and Adrian, just couldn't be more welcoming and helpful.

The site is maintained to the highest standard, both the excellent facilities and the outside areas. We discovered what lovely breakfasts the Dalegarth Station cafe do, just a short walk from the site; have one after you have walked, as they are huge!

There are lots of lovely walks from the site; along the river from St. Catherine's church, up to Stanley Ghyll Falls, and a new one we found, through How's Wood. Ask at the station or the site shop for details.

The site was busier than we have known it due to a beer festival but still retains that feeling of peace and tranquillity. Magic!

Date of Visit: June 2012 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Lizf68 4 reviews from this member

We were recommended to visit this site by friends and have just visited for the long Jubilee weekend. The site wasn't very busy when we first arrived and it was a gorgeous view of green space surrounded by mountains.

The facilities were very good although the pressure in the showers needs help at peak times as I was stood naked with soapy hair for quite a while waiting on someone turning off their shower so I could finish mine. This was due to the site being full but only happened the one time and did not put a damper on my stay at all. The loos/showers were always very clean and people actually did mop the floors after them, unlike other camps I've stayed at.

The shop seemed to be open all the time and is well stocked. If the light was on, then someone was serving. The staff are very knowledgeable about the area too.

We ended up with some noisy neighbours but the noise level is monitored well into the night.

Location wise it is a good spot for getting out to see sites like the Stanley Ghyll waterfall and a short drive to see the Roman Fort at Hardknott Pass and Wastwater Lake. You can also walk to Eskdale Mill which is one of the oldest water powered corn mills in England, and is now the last remaining working mill in the lake District.

There are very good pubs within a few minutes walking distance, one with a good playground for the kids.

Date of Visit: May 2012 Unit:  Other Rating:
Reviewer: Susietwoshoes 1 review from this member

My Daughter, the dog and I stayed here in a Pod for a couple of days in late May. I cannot recommend this site enough. The staff were very friendly, the whole place spotlessly clean and the facilities top notch, specially the lovely hot showers. Granted it wasn't too busy at the time and I perhaps would personally avoid it during school holidays, but that is only my preference at this time of life. When my children were small it would have been different story.

There are several places to eat nearby, we went to the Woolpack where both the food and the service were brilliant. There was a warm welcome everywhere we went around this area for the dog which is very important for us.

We found the whole area charming and peaceful. This as our first outing to this part of the Lakes and made a complete change from the hustle and bustle of Keswick, Ambleside etc. ,

Do check the map carefully before setting out as we made the 'mistake' of going over Wrynose and Hardknott passes. I say mistake as it was a beautiful if somewhat scarily exhilarating journey over (just don't tell my husband where I took the car please). A much easier way to get there quickly from Scotland is down through Wigton, Workington way.

When doing anything in the Lakes you are dependant on the weather, Lake District weather being notoriously wet at times, it's best to go prepared. There won't be many campsites in the Lakes immune from the ravages of rain. We went for the walking, and were pointed in the direction of a lovely easy walk to Burnmoor Tarn, by another camper. This chap was a regular and knew most of the walks. The campsite shop also has information, sells maps etc. A good information point is also provided with plenty of leaflets, posters, short guides and a selection of magazines which can be borrowed.

I will most definitely be back here as I plan to

Bring my husband down for a trip on the 'Laal Ratty' steam railway. Next trip with Daughter however will be to use this campsite as a base for an expedition up Scafell Pike.

Thank you to the wardens for a lovely stay. I can't rate for child friendliness as had no children but would give 10 out of 10 for dog friendliness. I only rated down on the facilities because I feel that when extremely busy there may not be quite enough.

Date of Visit: March 2012 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Mattsmom 8 reviews from this member

This was our second time at one of the best campsites we have ever visited, well away from the usual popular areas of the Lake District. Ours is a fairly small unit as they don't accept large motorhomes or caravans, mainly tents, although they do have pods for hire, wooden structures with just electricity connected set alongside a little stream which runs through the site.

The campsite is set in the most idyllic spot; we don't move off at all as there are some lovely walks of all types from the site, an excellent pub just 100m along the road and the cafe at the station of the little steam train a few minutes walk away serves drinks and food during the day. However, do try to get to Drigg, long, quiet beach, always open to dogs and a nice little gift and coffee shop, a must-see.

The site itself has a well-stocked shop, open mornings and afternoons for a couple of hours but a telephone on the wall of the reception building allows you to get in touch with the managers at any time. The facilities are excellent, cleaned thoroughly every day, hot showers with free hairdryer, laundry, washing-up area, payphone-no signal for mobiles-and plenty of info on weather, walks, etc. , plus a play area for children.

The managers are delightful people, cheerful, friendly and eager to help. The only downside-it's apparently very popular during school holidays, bank holidays and weekends, so you do need to book then and I'm not sure if there are enough showers, etc. , to cope when very busy but always has a lovely peaceful and friendly atmosphere.

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