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Rydal Hall Campsite
Cumbria   (Browse area)
LA22 9LX
Tel: 015394 32050
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Open: 01/01/2021 to 31/12/2021
           01/01/2022 to 31/12/2022

Rating: Average Review Score: 8/10 from 36 Reviews
                8/10 from 36 Reviews

 Tent Pitches   No Caravans   No Motorhomes   No Campervans 
 Glamping Units   No Statics for Hire   No Statics on Sale   No Seasonal Pitches 
 No Electric Hookups   No Hardstandings   No Fully Serviced Pitches   Show Full Facilities
Who's it for
 Families Welcome   Not Members Only   Rallies Welcome   Not Naturist Site 
 Dogs Welcome   No Dogs Allowed   Groups Welcome 
 Toilet Facilities   Hot Showers   Washing Up   No Bathroom 
 No Baby Changing   No Laundry   Drinking Water   Disabled Friendly 
 No 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 On Site 
 No 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   No Cycle Hire   No Golf   No Tennis 
 No Beach   Watersports <5 miles   No Boat Launch 
Other Features
 No Sea Views   Not Working Farm   No 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: September 2020 Unit:  Tent
Nights stayed: 2 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: Frankie Owens 6 reviews from this member

 A peaceful campsite in beautiful surroundings, with excellent facilities.

A little expensive, compared to other sites we've stayed at, but not unreasonable for the area.

I particularly liked the way cars were kept separate from the main camping area, but would have appreciated a discount for travelling without a car.

Very conveniently located close to a bus stop, with direct routes to the central lakes. 

Date of Visit: July 2020 Unit:  Tent
Nights stayed: 3 Travelling as:  Other
Reviewer: Bathjan73 2 reviews from this member

 Very beautiful location - grassy and wooded with level pitches but all on different levels on a steep site. Rydal beck runs through the site giving lots of opportunities to admire waterfalls and wild swim. Direct access to Fairfield Horseshoe walk, or shorter walks encompassing Nab Scar or Rydal and Grasmere waters. Facilities well designed and well kept.

I camped here with my adult son in the first week of opening after lockdown, so most sites were still closed or fully booked. Such a central site would not have been my first choice. The booking process was incredibly slow (payment by phone) and the check-in process not particularly welcoming, but hopefully it's not normally that bad I guess staff were nervous.

The site is very central to the busy parts of the Lakes; this didn't matter too much in a pandemic but normally I know that area would be terrible for traffic, and you can hear it to some extent from the site. It's very popular with families, but not ideal for a wild escape.

The facilities were very clean and the showers were particularly luxurious for a campsite having lots of space and a seat in each cubicle.

The grounds are lovely to explore with sculpture trails and a tea shop. There is a traditional Lakeland pub very close by with a simple social-distancing system and a simplified menu available (table-booking recommended, though dropping in is welcome. ) Beware Lakeland midges in the evening my face was covered in red bumps when I got home.

Beware the rough ground as you approach your parking space. There must have been heavy rain on the steep site prior to my visit, and the last climb up to the main pitches was very eroded. My inexperienced son gave his car a hell of a clunk every time. Beware also the price! - 5 per day per car on top of 12 per adult really adds up. 

Date of Visit: June 2019 Unit:  Tent
Nights stayed: 3 Travelling as:  Solo traveller
Reviewer: Bikerhiker 14 reviews from this member

 A lovely location with plenty of room between pitches out of season/mid week. Quiet and photogenic, with immaculate shower/toilet block. Good pan-wash points and outdoor freezer. I liked that vehicles are forced to park away from the pitches as 'car door slamming people' are muted! I get the eco thing with regard to rubbish and it makes you realise what you take for granted at home.

The path to Ambleside was handy to buy supplies, pubs and cafes etc. Buses every 20 minutes stop outside Rydal hall. I disliked being woken two nights in a row, once by a woman on the phone at 4am and another two girls oblivious to their voices carrying.

Generally though a quiet, peaceful site. Staff were friendly and helpful, though the reception process was painfully slow. I enjoyed the experience and would stay here again! 

Date of Visit: June 2018 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: John dev 4 reviews from this member

 Stayed for 4 nights for 1st time at this camp site and had a great time. All staff were very polite and helpful. Toilets and showers were cleaned every morning and the pitch we had [3] was flat with a great view. Tea room on site and walks straight from the site.

Only negative is there are no waste bins on site so you have to take your litter away with you otherwise the wildlife scatter it all over the site, as we found out on our return from a walk.

Site got very busy from Friday with DoE, one and coast to coast walkers. Badger pub 5 mins away, only small but ok. Grasmere and Ambleside about 40 mins walk or about 4 on the bus which stops at the bottom of the road, which is full of pot holes and needs care when driving to the site. 

Date of Visit: July 2015 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Mlcreed 7 reviews from this member

 What a fantastic location! The setting is stunning with multiple level pitches surrounded by mature trees and views of the fells. Don't be put off if you are not a Christian, you're here to camp not to be converted, everyone was very friendly.

The toilet and washing facilities were probably the best I have ever experienced and the showers were free! Amazing.

As a guest of the campsite you are also free to wander around the grounds of the hall which are very impressive. We didn't have any problems with gated access or the wandering public.

Rydal itself is a 3 minute walk away with the gorgeous Badger Bar which has a great selection of food and real ales. Will definitely be back. 


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

 For many, this is the most perfect site in terms of location, surroundings and facilities. It's a dream place. With some faults. Overall, I'll be returning many times in the future.

Firstly, there's major construction going on to install a water generator that will provide enough electricity to power Ambleside. One of the two access roads for the construction vehicles is through the middle of the campsite and heavy vehicles use the road from about 7am. They kick up dust and are noisy and that's a bit of a spoiler.

The car parking is away from the camp ground and although there were very few campers there during my visit, it was not easy to get a parking space on the same location as my tent as some cars were left there all week. Plus, a team of gardeners were on-site and they parked their vehicles there all week and were using the toilet facilities, but not with the same care that campers would, IMO.

Access to the camp ground is via a 5-bar gate, which is a pain in itself for a solo car occupant, but what makes it much worse is that the ground around the gate is rutted, wet, muddy and coated with a dust like cement powder. So every entrance and exit bring horrible white mud into the car and cakes your shoes. This needs sorting with at least a concrete base. An automatic gate would be better still.

There's no doubt that this site suits smaller tents and I found it quite difficult to find a flat pitch for my 3x3 metres tent. In fact I didn't find a good spot, but I will change pitch next time. Carrying heavy gear could be a problem as it's not possible to get vehicles on the grass, which is a good thing, but it's also the reason I'll be using my Terra Nova Super Quasar next visit.

The site is open to the public and several groups wandered through the tents and with dogs and I can imagine this could be much worse on BH and high season weekends. This won't change, so be prepared for it.

The toilet, washing and dish washing areas are of a very high standard. Not sure whether they'd be sufficient when the site is maxed out. I'm told they often get group bookings by organisations.

I'll be returning, but would be every so pleased if they fixed the gate area. 

Date of Visit: February 2015 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Paulandsue 6 reviews from this member

 What can I say, booked 4 nights and left after 2. 7-730 wakeup call from the construction traffic followed by a steady flow of traffic. Walkers wandering around scratching their heads as to why the toilets are locked. I spent 5 mins wandering round c8 trying to find a FLAT bit big enough for my volosity 3. You NEED hard ground pegs as the stone is only a few inch below. All the construction traffic has covered my tent and car in fine dust from the road. You are expected to dispose of rubbish as there is NO refuse area, however the sheep will gladly spread it over the field for you.

Ok the plus side. Fresh fell water, very smart and clean toilet block. Like the shower setup with under floor heating :-). Friendly staff on arrival.

This for me is a defo don't go back. 

Date of Visit: October 2013 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Taxis Kendal 29 reviews from this member

 Fantastic campsite all round. Superb views, with an amazing warm and clean toilet and shower block. Very quiet site, with little hillocks separating small groups of tents when busy. No road noise at all. We were the only campers on the huge field on our Monday night in October. 18.50 for two adults, small tent and our car. Note you do need to carry from the car a short way to your pitch. The Fairfield Horseshoe is ideally attacked from this site, with more beautiful walking on your doorstep. 

Date of Visit: September 2013 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Privatehudson 18 reviews from this member

 This is a very nice and well organised site, which is ideally located mid way between Ambleside and Grasmere. It is also right at the foot of the Fairfield Horseshoe, so ideal for walking. There's also a pub just down the road

The toilet and shower block is fantastic, always clean and has several plug sockets, which are especially useful for backpackers like myself. There is a cafe on site and the whole setting is very attractive, with a waterfall, gardens and main hall nearby. I enjoyed my stay and would definitely return again 

Date of Visit: August 2013 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Debsdenton 1 review from this member

 We have stayed at this site several times now and I think it is my favourite. We love the fact that there are several smaller areas rather than one huge field, the pub nearby is great, as is the tea shop.

You can easily walk into Ambleside, and (longer walk but very nice) Grasmere as well, and it is in a great position for hillwalking.

The facilities are lovely, although I would agree with the review which complained about the cleaning. I think it is over the top and not very customer-friendly to completely shut the facilities for cleaning at key times.

The only other thing I would watch for is that they can sometimes 'cram' you in at peak times which is the downside of their unique pitches. Still, we will be returning! 

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