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Visitor Reviews - Side Farm Camp Site

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Side Farm Camp Site
Patterdale
Ullswater
Lake District
Penrith
Cumbria   (Browse area)
CA11 0NL   See Map
Tel: 01768 482337
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Pitches: 70
Open: Easter To October

Rating: Average Review Score: 8/10 from 35 Reviews
                8/10 from 35 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 
Facilities
 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 <1 mile   Bar <1 mile   Restaurant On Site   Wifi Access 
Activities
 Kids Playground   TV Room   Games Room   Evening Entertainment 
 Fishing <1 mile   Wild Swimming   Indoor Pool   Outdoor Pool On Site 
 Horse Riding   Cycle Hire <1 mile   Golf   Tennis <1 mile 
 Beach   Watersports <1 mile   Boat Launch / Mooring On Site 
Other Features
 Sea Views   Working Farm   Campfires Allowed   Open All Year 
 Waterside Location   Dog Walk   Public Transport <1 mile 

Reviews:  35 in total, now showing 1 to 6                 Previous 6          Next 6
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Date of Visit: April 2018 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Sleepingontheground 2 reviews from this member

Easy to find, from the south look for the Patterdale Hotel and its a few hundred yards on the right. Long dirt track to the farm to pay on arrival, then another drive up to the field.

Its a beautiful site set under Place Fell and overlooking Ulswater. The field does slope quite a lot but there are plenty of flat spots to get comfy in.

Good size shower block, only 2 showers but plenty of sinks for washing in. Has a good utility room as well with washer/dryer but I didn't use them.

Locally its ideal for doing walks up to High Street, or along the valley floor north or south.

Thunderstorms and heavy rain one night but the ground stayed firm so that is a plus. In fact bring a hammer as the ground is a little rocky in places.

Date of Visit: July 2017 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Hilly V 4 reviews from this member

Stayed at Side Farm for two nights. Stunning location but hard to find. Sat nav takes you to wrong place and have to notice a small sign on the roadside. Long track takes you to farm and cafe, where you book in. Rates are reasonable - £40 for two people, two nights plus car. Then drive a 1/2 mile on a rough track to the camping field. Not allocated pitches - we found lovely level spot, not overlooked with great views of Ullswater and near to the washrooms.

As mentioned in other reviews, they were adequate but only two showers and with school groups staying there could be a queue, also bin was overflowing with paper - seemed a bit uncared for and there was no mop or anything to clean out the showers before or after use.

Good wash up facilities and clothes washer/driers.

Nearest pub was quite a hike away and no petrol station near by so fill up - we had to get emergency 5L can from Sharmans the local shop!Lovely walks, views and can take steamer boat trip round Ullswater. Would definitely return.

Date of Visit: May 2017 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: PaulaMB 19 reviews from this member

We stayed here for one night, arriving on our bikes. The location is absolutely stunning £19 for one night, two people.

The site is lovely, very removed from the farm which is lovely but I imagine that it isn't policed much in the evenings.

The showers are hot and free, facilities absolutely adequate. Unfortunately when we were there the toilet block had not been cleaned or the bins emptied for some time. The general rubbish bins were overflowing with rubbish piled all around them which is a shame because it gives a poor impression.

The road from the farm to the camping field is very rough and has a lot of potholes, we were on our bikes but it would be interesting in a car!

We will return, I wouldn't return in peak season though.

Date of Visit: June 2016 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: Chumbeiro 12 reviews from this member

Location, location, location. Says it all really. Beautiful views with immediate lake and fell access. Twenty minutes on foot to the pub. Unfortunately that's where the positives stop for me. I'd estimate less than 10% of this site is anywhere near flat. Don't get me wrong - we do plenty of wild camping and have camped here in the past; I don't expect a bowling green or Caravan / Camping Club style regulation but too much of the space has a significant slope. On the whole field there are approx a dozen relatively flat spaces, anywhere else and you're going to find you slide out of your tent during the night.

Two male and two female toilets in a block built 15 years ago (which also looks like it was the last time decorated) is not enough for a site which advertises it's capacity as 70 tents.

£20 for two adults in a camper van for 24 hours is poor value; the owners must be laughing their way to the bank.

Get there early or when it's quiet otherwise there are better options close by.

Date of Visit: May 2015 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Millseyboy 5 reviews from this member

The wife, dog and I have just returned from a three night camping trip to Side Farm. As someone who has stayed at over 15 campsites across the Lake District over the last five years, I have to put this straight into my top three without any hesitation. This is truly an absolute gem of a campsite and is also great value for money.

Price

£17 per night for a couple and a dog. No restrictions on tent size. Cannot knock that!

Access Road

As long as your car is not a ‘low rider’ there is absolutely nothing to worry about. There are quite a few potholes to negotiate on the track but as long as you stay in first or second gear you are not going to do any damage to your car. In terms of gradient, it is slightly steep for about 10 metres in one place but again, nothing to worry about. Our fully laden 1. 2 Renault Modus made light work of the hill. There are also two gates to open/close on the way to the campsite which is a two minute drive from the farmhouse down the track.

Ground

The ground was not the best to hammer a peg into. I used two or three rock pegs along with standard pegs but it was not really a problem. The site is 30% flat and 70% sloping. We camped on a slight slope but to be honest it was not too bad. Previous reviews have expressed concern at the sloping ground but once the tent was up and we were settled with a beer we did not even notice it. As you drive into the campsite there are roughly 6 pitches on flat ground beside the shower block to the left. Further up the campsite there are more flat pitches with a slightly better view of the lake but I would imagine you will need to be very early or very lucky to bag one of those.

Atmosphere/Hospitality

We travelled on a Friday and left on a Monday. This was not during school holidays so the site was only really at 40% capacity. Overcrowding was not an issue. I can understand how some previous reviews have criticized the fact that other campers were right on top of them and space and privacy was non-existent. Once you pay your money at the farmhouse there was no contact/patrol of the campsite by the farmer that I saw, so I am not sure how they monitor any overcrowding. It is not the biggest campsite in the world. We had no issues with overcrowding. The staff working at the little shop built against the farmhouse were very friendly. The shop stocks a good range of products and was open most of the day. For a small donation we put our ice blocks in the ice lolly freezer which was very useful.

Facilities

Shower block was always very clean with plenty of liquid soap. There are a few cobwebs high above your head but it was not anything unusual for a farm shower block. The hot water pressure was excellent and always a nice warm temperature. Showers are free but there are only two showers in both the male and female washrooms (confirmed by the wife!) which may be an issue at busy times. I always shower in the late afternoon after walking so there was no problem waiting for a shower. There is a pot wash area with four sinks, again with good water pressure and temperature. There were also two washers and two driers which were £1 for a 30 minute spin.

View/Walks

No much to say here except amazing. One of the finest views from a campsite in the Lake District. It would take some beating. We climbed High Street from the campsite which took around 2 hours 30 minutes to get to the top at a gentle ascent.

Location to Pub

Patterdale is 15 mins walk back down the access track and past the farm house and farm shop then left at the main road. There is one pub, The White Lion, which has a good selection of real ales and reasonably priced food. I had fish and chips which was really tasty and I paid £9. 95. There is also the Patterdale Hotel which has a huge beer garden and a good lake view. It is on the main road though.

Glenridding is 30 mins walk away. Again past the farm house but turn right at the main road an go past the church. There are some nice off road sections here which were good for our dog to have a run about on the way. There are three pubs and two hotels. I recommend the Ramblers Bar which is built onto the Inn by the lake hotel. It has been recently refurbished and had a great atmosphere and selection of ales and wines. The food also looked good but we did not eat.

I will be returning here without a doubt. Cracking little site.

Date of Visit: July 2014 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: Lovesoutdoors 3 reviews from this member

We visited this site in July.

It is set in a lovely location The owners are very helpful and the facilities are good.

It is quite hilly but the views over the lake make up for this.

There is a nice café on site and it is a 10 minute stroll into Glenridding, where there are some small shops and a few nice pubs where you can get good food.

It is a perfect base for people who like hiking as it is surrounded by mountains and hills.

I would definitely return to this site.

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