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Sykeside Camping Park
Patterdale (lake District)
Cumbria   (Browse area)
CA11 0NZ
Tel: 01768 482239
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Pitches: 111
Open: 01/01/2021 to 31/12/2021
           01/01/2022 to 31/12/2022

Rating: Average Review Score: 8/10 from 150 Reviews
                8/10 from 150 Reviews

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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 
 Baby Changing Facilities   Laundry On Site   Drinking Water   Disabled Friendly 
 Chemical Disposal   Battery Charging   Gas Exchange   No Recycling Facilities 
 No Kitchen Facilities   Freezer / Fridge   No Motorhome Point   No Wifi Access 
 Shop On Site   Bar On Site   Restaurant or Cafe or Takeaway On Site 
 No Playground   No TV Room   No Games Room   No Evening Ents 
 Fishing <1 mile   Wild Swimming <1 mile   No Indoor Pool   No Outdoor Pool 
 Horse Riding <5 miles   Cycle Hire <5 miles   No Golf   No Tennis 
 No Beach   Watersports <5 miles   Boat Launch / Mooring <5 miles 
Other Features
 No Sea Views   Not Working Farm   Campfires Allowed   Open All Year 
 No Waterside Pitches   Public Transport <1 mile  Offroad Dog Walk On Site or Direct Access 

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Date of Visit: August 2021  Confirmed Booking Unit:  Tent
Nights stayed: 5 Travelling as:  Family with older children
Reviewer: Hatki4 1 review from this member

 What a beautiful campsite, stunning views, clean facilities and the staff were so friendly.

The shop was well stocked and reasonably priced.

Walkers/climbers paradise and very peaceful.

Will definitely go again. Thankyou all. 
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Date of Visit: August 2021 Unit:  Tent
Nights stayed: 4 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: Dmkeys 3 reviews from this member

 Loved the views of the hills,

The staff were really friendly and helpful, loved the walk to water fields even though it was raining,

The toilet were very clean me and my dad partner will be staying again at the Camp site. 

Date of Visit: June 2021 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Nights stayed: 3 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: Lindilou2013 39 reviews from this member

 What a stunning location. 360 degree views. Absolutely fabulous.

Staff helpful and friendly, facilities clean and everyone was wearing a mask inside. The site shop is surprisingly well stocked.

My only gripe is that the disposal of grey water from caravans means lifting the carrier over a step to empty it. I understand that the site has only recently been certificated for caravans, so perhaps this small but important detail has been overlooked.

IMPORTANT; if you are towing a caravan do not take the driving instructions to the site from Junction 36 of the M6. This involves going over the Kirkstone Pass. That was a pretty interesting experience to say the least but we got there in one piece even if the caravan brakes were steaming! Instead use the instruction from Junction 40 for a much easier and smoother approach to the site.

For those who like to keep in touch in a digital sense, your phone is unlikely to pick up a signal and the wifi is only available near the shop but don't let this put you off because this really is a delightful site and we shall return. 

Date of Visit: April 2021  Confirmed Booking Unit:  Tent
Nights stayed: 3 Travelling as:  Other
Reviewer: Collis 1 review from this member

 I stayed at this campsite with my 19 year old son in April 2021 and could not fault it.

The staff were exceptionally friendly and welcoming, even loaned us a fire pit to use.

The facilities were very clean and hygienic which for me personally is a potential deal breaker. Hard to put the setting into words but definitely “idyllic” is up there and liked the fact that you could choose your own pitch.

No WiFi unless you stand by the shop but who needs WiFi in such a wonderful location with stunning views, walks, lakes all around you.

Definitely recommend and I am extremely fussy! 
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Date of Visit: December 2020  Confirmed Booking Unit:  Campervan
Nights stayed: 2 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: Heikef 1 review from this member

 We loved the campsite - very friendly welcome, superb set-up for COVID measures and a cosy feel.

Lots of walking from the door and a pub right at the entrance which offers amazing food, has well-kept real ale and a great whisky selection. 
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Date of Visit: September 2020  Confirmed Booking Unit:  Tent
Nights stayed: 4 Travelling as:  With friends
Reviewer: Frankm 1 review from this member

 Adequate, showers good. Bit remote.

Camp fires allowed but it might be an idea for the shop to hire out fire pits rather than bring your own (not possible if backpacking). 

Date of Visit: September 2020  Confirmed Booking Unit:  Tent
Nights stayed: 4 Travelling as:  With friends
Reviewer: Marcel 1 review from this member

 The campsite is in a beautiful setting, . The location is great and close enough to Keswick for shopping.

They have a nice cafe on site with good breakfast. The staff is helpful and friendly, The pub just across the road is not cheap but quirky.

Showers and facilities are clean and spacious. Quiet in the night. Great place! 
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Date of Visit: August 2020 Unit:  Campervan
Nights stayed: 2 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: Chrisandsandra 58 reviews from this member

 Fabulous site with wonderful views and walks.

We arrived from the north so avoided the pass, though the roads around Ullswater were very busy.

Reception is through the car park to the Brotherswater Inn and down a steepish road. The shop which sells a good range of basic foods and camping requisites is part of Reception. The showers, toilets and washing up sinks are at the side of reception and the campsite itself futher down the slope in the valley bottom.

The site is basically 2 large grass areas with hardstanding pitches around the side of one of them and an additional terraced field for those with smaller tents. Hardstandings were allocated but tents could pitch where you wanted.

We were there under Covid19 rules so masks were required in all indoor areas and there was a limit of 6 people who could be in each of the toilet/ shower blocks at one time, controlled by a sliding 'Vacant /Engaged' board with 6 slots in each. Sanitiser was provided throughout.

The blocks were basic but clean and there was piping hot water (too hot at times) throughout. The shower cubicles are not the biggest but were more than adequate and each had a plastic stool inside which we found useful. Every other washbasin was taped off to maintain distancing.

Water filling was outside the toilet blocks but there was only space for one van at a time. Toilet emptying was opposite, so it's a walk up hill to empty the cassette if you are not very mobile.

The site was very busy but not noisy. Most people seemed to be there for the situation and for walking/biking/fishing. There are excellent walks for the both the front and the back of the site and guidebooks can be obtained from the shop. There's also a bus stop outside. Buses go to Penrith and Kendall, about one every 2 hours in the summer (Stagecoach route 508).

The Brotherswater Inn is at the entrance to the site. It's a lovely warm pub serving food. During our stay, due to Covid regulations, it was opening restricted hours and doing a basic menu. Inside tables had to be booked in advance but they were also serving food in takeaway containers to eat at the outside tables or to take away and eat at your pitch. The food was great and included things like beef mince stew with dumplings, pie, fish and scampi. Breakfast rolls were available from the Reception/Shop.

One thing to note is that mobile phone reception is very poor to useless but there is a payphone in the pub. We don't have a tv in our van but were told that TV reception is the same. 

Date of Visit: August 2020 Unit:  Tent
Nights stayed: 4 Travelling as:  Family with older children
Reviewer: Gedwards 4 reviews from this member

 Stunning setting with mountains surrounding the site. Friendly welcome and well stocked shop with facility to freeze ice packs.

Shower and toilet block adequate but in need of modernisation and proper ventilation. Shower cubicles small with no dry area to hang clothes or dress.

The site is flat and ground very soft for pitching. However, after a monumental storm and torrential rain on night 3 We found ourselves camped in a swamp. With tent pegs literally below the standing water. The awning was flooded and the water had seeped through the foot print and tent groundsheet. With more rain forecast that afternoon/eve we had no choice but to abandon a night early. Such a shame as had it not been for the soggy ground it would provide a perfect base. Sadly we won’t return purely due to the ground conditions. 
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Date of Visit: February 2020  Confirmed Booking Unit:  Campervan
Nights stayed: 2 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: Iaintaylor43 5 reviews from this member

 OMG it was wet but the campsite is fantastic, hot showers and toilets. We arrived late on Friday evening and as the weather had turned a little as there was horizontal rain we decided to stay in the warmth of the pub and had a lovely evening including as very nice meal.

Saturday the weather was improved and a short low level walk was just what we wanted so off to Patterdale on the bridal path. There was quiet a bit of flooding but we made it there and back after experiencing all possible type of weather, snow rain hail sun string winds!

The staff in the pub were very helpful, as it was low season the bar on the site was closed as was the shop but the staff available more than made up for this.

Many thanks we will be coming back! 

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