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Coniston Camping Hoathwaite
Hoathwaite Farm
Cumbria   (Browse area)
LA21 8AX
Tel: 01539 441873   or  07437 175002
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Pitches: 48
Open: 29/03/2024 to 31/10/2024

Rating: Average Review Score: 9/10 from 22 Reviews
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 No 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 
 Baby Changing Facilities   No Laundry   Drinking Water   Disabled Friendly 
 Chemical Disposal   No Battery Charging   No Gas Exchange   Recycling Facilities 
 No Kitchen Facilities   Freezer / Fridge   No Motorhome Point   No Wifi Access 
 Shop <5 miles   Bar <5 miles   Restaurant or Cafe or Takeaway <5 miles 
 No Playground   No TV Room   No Games Room   No Evening Ents 
 Fishing <1 mile   Wild Swimming <1 mile   No Indoor Pool   No Outdoor Pool 
 No Horse Riding   Cycle Hire <5 miles   No Golf   No Tennis 
 No Beach   Watersports <5 miles   Boat Launch / Mooring <1 mile 
Other Features
 No Sea Views   Working Farm   No Campfires Allowed 
 Lakeside Pitches   Public Transport <5 miles  Offroad Dog Walk On Site or Direct Access 

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Date of Visit: April 2024 Unit:  Other
Reviewer: Webmaster

 Please note this site is now under new management. It is now known as Coniston Camping Hoathwaite ( previously it was Hoathwaite Farm Campsite ) 

Date of Visit: September 2023 Unit:  Campervan
Nights stayed: 1 Travelling as:  Solo traveller
Reviewer: Peterfox 2 reviews from this member

 My second visit to this lovely quiet site with direct access to the lake shore.

The family now running the site and farming in the area are very friendly, amenable and helpful. If contact number goes to answerphone, leave a message, he will soon get back to you. 

Date of Visit: July 2023 Unit:  Tent
Nights stayed: 1 Travelling as:  Family with older children
Reviewer: Slimtoffee 9 reviews from this member

 This site is very much old school camping in an amazing location. It's no longer National Trust.

No electric or pitches allocated, you just have to have a fire break distance between tents.

It wasn't busy but the people who were there were virtually silent from pretty early on.

It was £19 for me and my son in 2 man tent but I think all tents get charged the same price and then you pay per head. £10 adult and £4 kids up to 15 years old. Better value from the Farmer.

Toilets were very clean. Massive area of campground, from the top of the hill all the way down to lake Coniston's edge.

Boss campsite ⛺️ 😀. 
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Date of Visit: July 2023 Unit:  Campervan
Nights stayed: 1 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: Peterfox 2 reviews from this member

 Arrived here to find the site had recently been taken on by the farmer after NT operation ended.

We had a friendly welcome and were guided to a pitch close to the lake with lovely views and 80yds walk to water edge.

The whole site is undulating which adds character.

Owner is intending this to be a peaceful site, which we were glad of.

Despite only operating for 5 weeks there were several signs of activity and improvement.

A lovely site for a tranquil visit,

We'll be back for definite. 

Date of Visit: July 2023 Unit:  Other
Reviewer: Webmaster

 We're delighted to advise that this site, previously run by the National Trust, is now reopen, and being run by the farmer - it is once again accepting bookings 


Date of Visit: November 2022 Unit:  Other
Reviewer: Webmaster

 Please note we have been advised that this site is now permanently closed, and no longer offers camping, motorhome or caravanning pitches. If you know that this situation has changed in the future, please could you let us know. Many thanks 

Date of Visit: August 2021 Unit:  Tent
Nights stayed: 5 Travelling as:  Family with young children
Reviewer: Chudleightim 2 reviews from this member

 A quiet scenic campsite that discourages groups - although the lack of an on-site warden means there's little scope for policing of behaviour.

The ground is very undulating and although everyone there seemed able to find a flat-ish pitch, numbers were lower than usual because of Covid restrictions still being in place.

Unlike reviews from a few years ago there's no longer a reception/shop, but the wardens visit daily to do cleaning and make themselves available for advice.

The toilets are in a spruced-up trailer unit: 3 toilets for women, 2 for men plus a urinal, and only 2 small hand-washing sinks on each side (albeit with warm water). No full size sinks for washing, shaving, tooth brushing, etc.

In a farm outhouse to the rear there are 2 dish-washing sinks where there could perhaps be 4, and 2 unisex showers where there could easily be 3. Seemingly plenty of hot water though and no coin payment needed.

Mercifully free of midges, but perhaps this year wasn't very midgey, or the weather wasn't conducive to the blighters.

The lake is a 10 minute stroll down the hill, past the field reserved for large groups. Lots of campers had canoes or paddleboards with them. 
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Date of Visit: July 2020 Unit:  Campervan
Nights stayed: 3 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: Bodandmeg 12 reviews from this member

 A very good site if you like the more ‘off grid’ style of camping, as opposed to the very formal caravan park style. - No ehu. - Ground is VERY undulating, so finding a truly flat pitch is very difficult - levelling ramps are really a necessity. -

Pleasant, friendly and informative staff, who are actually National Park Wardens, and who look after more than one site. -

Good 4G and mobile signal on the site. -

Toilets were clean and adequate, although only two unisex shower cubicles for the whole site. - Chemical disposal, adequate rubbish bins and glass recycling available. -

Good Access to the lake, and to the fells (walk The Old Man of Coniston from this site). -

Pubs available within walking distance at Torver (nearest) and Coniston, which can be reached via off-road footpath. -

All in all, a good site if you like basic (quieter) campsites - but unsuitable for caravans. 

Date of Visit: July 2017 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Carol Lauderdale 1 review from this member

 A beautiful site with stunning views. Basic facilities, two very clean showers, ladies and gents toilets and good washing up area.

The top field has extensive options for pitching your tent and is well drained. There is a small shop on site which opens a couple of times a day when the warden visits.

Lots of walks can be done directly from the site and the lake is a 5 - 10 minute walk downhill. Camped for two nights with my eight year old granddaughter in a small backpacking tent and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. This time of year the midges can be a problem but go prepared with an insect repellent coil to burn and you will be fine. The site is quiet, can certainly recommend to fellow campers. We will be staying here again in the future. 

Date of Visit: September 2016 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Pete654 1 review from this member

 This National Trust site was promoted as basic, and this is honest.

This was my second visit this year, in June the showers were cramped plastic portaloo type things, in September whizzy new purpose built timber structures with good quality fittings had appeared. Really nice!

A new hut/shop had also appeared to be opened when the warden was on site, I did not see it open as I was out walking. The toilets (Gents at least) were clean but in need of TLC as they had been in June. I fear however price rises may be on the way if improvements continue.

I was too mean to pay the booking fee so turned up on spec and found a great pitch with a view over Coniston Water, it was a bit exposed to the wind though. The field is rough and steep in places and tends to mud quite quickly. Trips to the loo at night without a torch proved challenging and the nearest (of 2) standpipes became boggy.

At £6 a night an affordable break. 

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