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Eskdale Campsite
Cumbria   (Browse area)
CA19 1TH
Tel: 019467 23253  or  019467 23270
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Pitches: 100
Open: 01/03 To 14/01

Rating: Average Review Score: 9/10 from 206 Reviews
                9/10 from 206 Reviews

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

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Date of Visit: May 2019 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Nights stayed: 3 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: LBBK 41 reviews from this member

I reviewed this site back in Sept 2015 but a couple of months ago it changed hands and is now run by The National Trust - rumours are that they paid £1. 6 million - so I thought it was worth some further comments. The National Trust now own the major campsites in Langdale, Wasdale & Eskdale giving them somewhat of a monopoly on the central fells of the Lake District.

So far very little seems to have changed. The standard of the facilities remains very high though it is pricey. We paid £31 per night for a large grass camping pitch with electric hookup for two adults plus car. There is no discount for being National Trust members. In some areas the ground was too soft for the larger motorhomes - packing plastic grip tracks will be a sensible precaution.

The staff were friendly and hardworking but still getting used to running a busy site that was fully booked over the Bank Holiday weekend. No wifi available at present.

We only went into one of the local pubs, The Woolpack, for tea/coffee & two cakes. Adequate but quite expensive at £12.

Yes, we would go back - this site is all about location, location, location - but we will try to choose a quieter weekend in future.

Date of Visit: July 2018 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Baldockchris 4 reviews from this member

We really enjoyed our 2 nights camping here. Very scenic location with plenty of walks from the site, 2 Pubs within 5 min walk and third within 20 mins walk. The pitches are well spaced out with plenty of room.

Toilet/Shower block very clean and modern but may struggle to cope if site is full. Site shop has a good selection of the things that you need.

All in all great stay and campsite the only issue we had was with the owner who could have been a little more friendly, he is efficient but when we asked if he had any info on train times of the local miniature steam train he snapped back sarcastically ' Its not my train' then gave us a procure with the relevant information. Why ?

Date of Visit: June 2018 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Moon-light1 1 review from this member

My partner and I stayed here for 1 week at the end of June. When we arrived we were greeted and shown many different sites on the campsite that we could stay; there was so much choice!

We settled for under the trees close to the entrance. This did mean there was a bit of trek to the facilities, but it didn't bother us.

The facilities were kept very clean and tidy. The showers were always hot. There was one time were there was no loo roll!

The campsite was quiet most of the time and is fairly well protected from the wind. On our last night it did become rather busy and noisy, but it all settled down after 11pm.

There are lovely walks from the campsite. Our favourite was visiting the nearby waterfalls and walking along the river. There are 3 pubs within walking distance as well. The closest one (Boot Inn) being the best.

The only problem we had is that if you want to travel outside of the campsite, then it's at least a good hour drive to get anywhere.

Overall we really enjoyed our stay and would definitely return.

Date of Visit: May 2018 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Clarewho 3 reviews from this member

Friendly welcome, beautiful setting in a peaceful valley. This was our second visit.

The well maintained site has good flat pitches, with and without electrical hook ups. There are play facilities dotted about for children and the best stocked camp shop I have ever seen - necessary due to the location.

The wash blocks are well maintained and kept pretty clean although slightly more frequent checks are needed to keep toilet paper stocked. The shower cubicles are a decent size with stools, hooks and curtains but there are not enough (3 each plus family room) and the water pressure was poor at times.

There is a good washing up room and a drying room and laundry. There is a mixture of tents, pods and camper vans and it was very busy when we visited but everyone was well behaved with most people apparently in bed at about 11pm. There is free wifi but the signal is very weak so we couldn't use it. Not unexpected due to location and certainly not a problem for us.

There are 3 pubs in walking distance, two of which are very close. We recommend the food at The Boot Inn who gave a 10% discount to campers. There is a pleasant and easy circular walk good from the campsite - takes in waterfalls, railway, mill, stream, sheep plus lots of nice views and a pub near the end.

Tip: remember your insect repellent as the midges were out in force while we were there.

We would definitely visit again perhaps during a quieter period. It is not a cheap 'no thrills' site but overall I think it did offer good value for money.

Date of Visit: May 2018 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Loobymartin 1 review from this member

We have just spent the bank holiday weekend at this beautiful site. Such a shame that the over-zealous male manager managed to spoil our stay. Pouncing on people when they first arrive 'You'll have to pay extra for another vehicle if you leave it here!' rather than 'Welcome to our site!' - this for our visitors (2) too who only came for a few hours but were interrogated on arrival.

Even though the site is quite remote, and our group had spent nearly £800 in total (£600 on site fees and nearly £150 in the on site shop) he objected to our supermarket delivery, despite the fact they did not sell fresh BBQ food items in the shop and by day 2 of the bank holiday weekend they had run out of bags of ice. (These were not replenished until after the bank holiday weekend). They also charged 50p per block to refreeze our OWN ice blocks.

Inadequate facilities for the number of people on site (3 showers each for men / women)- even with an extra family room, we endured long queues and intermittent water pressure and temperature in the showers. It felt like they were trying to cash in by squeezing too many people in.

Such a shame as the site is in a fantastic location, with a well-stocked shop and nice, flat pitches. It has a good play area for children, but the manager went to the play area to tell all the children how long they could be on the trampoline and what time they should stop using the play area (before it went dark) so spoilt their fun.

Several nice pubs nearby and lovely clean facilities but too small for the number of visitors - and the on / off water pressure and variable temperature in the showers (plus the wait) made everyone miserable. Sadly we won't return. We are a well-behaved, middle aged group with money to spend - but will be spending it elsewhere next bank holiday weekend.

Date of Visit: June 2018 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Smelljeffshand 7 reviews from this member

Just spent 3 nights here with the aim of climbing scafell pike. Here is my review of the site.


1. Absolutely stunning location

2. Site very clean and tidy and friendly staff washrooms and showers immaculate.

3. Shop very well stocked with all the essentials.

4. Brilliant site for walks.

5. Three great pubs either side.

6. Fairly easy to find site.


1. Unfortunately this is where it all goes wrong we went out for a walk on Friday morning and by the time we come back on Friday night the VW campers club have taken over the whole site vans were parked all over the place no regard for the six meter rule some vans and the awnings were parked literally right outside our motorhome loud music was being played all night and dogs yapping at everybody who walk past. Barbecues were lit right outside peoples tents and caravans and were left smouldering all night anybody going to the toilet could possibly trip over them.

On Saturday Music was being played loud all day one silly woman who was drunk got up and started to try and dance and then sat down after about two minutes when she realised she made a complete tit of herself. One couple who were next to us just went in the tent and stay in there all day it was such a shame because it was a lovely weekend Iím pretty sure that this is not the whole representation of the VW campers society as a lot of them were being very civilised but there was these inconsiderate individuals that had decided that the campsite was theres. Completely took over with no regard for anybody Inot even the owners did anything about. Which I find very sad. Eskdale your a good site. You could be brilliant.

Would I come here again. Yes. But I would phone first to find out who the pitch invaders would be !

Date of Visit: March 2017 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: Lizbrophy 1 review from this member

Had a fab time at the vw weekend, this is our 1st visit but won't be our last.

Great site with lovely, friendly and most helpful staff, a great credit to you all. Lovely area, 3 great pubs and a lovely train ride

Terry and Liz brophy

Date of Visit: February 2017 Unit:  Other
Reviewer: Webmaster

Please note that as from the 2017 season this site is no longer managed or run by the Camping and Caravanning Club.

The site remains open under independent management, and is accepting bookings as normal for the 2017 season.

Date of Visit: September 2016 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Mickcoleman427 20 reviews from this member

A lovely site in a beautiful setting - tranquillity itself. If you aren't a walker/cyclist or want a ride on Ratty this may not be the place for you but the wardens are friendly and very helpful, the on site shop sells quality products including meat and beer (what else is there) and the facilities are absolutely excellent.

Lots of lovely walks and three excellent pubs serving good food within easy walking distance.

Date of Visit: July 2016 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: Amber86 12 reviews from this member

Had rung a few hours before to check availability. Warm welcome & shown around, taken to pitch & helped to hook up as a long lead was required. Given a choice of pitches. All this & we hadnít arrived until 6. 30pm.

Facilities 5*. Well stocked shop, good opening hours. Lovely toilets & showers, heated, warm, & clean. Showers warm & free with no annoying timers. Lots of hooks, stool, & shower curtains that work. Drying room, laundry & rotary clothes lines for campers use. Plenty of picnic benches around. Wifi free, & noticed coverage better when less campers on site but a good signal around shop area all the time.

Excellent location. Lovely hill walk to Blea Tarn (beware, you need to walk to the disused huts at the top of the hill, & the path is difficult to see from here. Look up to left diagonally & follow the stone cairns).

Also recommend the Stanley Ghyll waterfall walk, both of these are detailed on the walk leaflet available in the shop for a couple of quid. Within 10 minutes walk is a small shop in Boot, 2 pubs, & a cafe & giftshop at the steam railway station. Old ratty is a fun little train for kids & enthusiasts but also used by lots of walkers.

We only tried one of the pubs, the Brook House Inn, which had an excellent varied menu, local beers & 180+ whiskies. Well recommended, even the crap taxidermy made me laugh almost as much as the barmanís dry sense of humour.

The majority of the other campers were really friendly. Noise from kids was minimal as they tend to put families in one field, & adults in the other.

I nearly forgot the views, absolutely stunning & hard to beat, even in the Lakes. We did notice that many campsites in the area had views or electric hook ups. This site has both. In fact we would probably go so far as to say this is the best C&CC site we have stayed on.

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