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Tarn Foot Farm Campsite
Cumbria   (Browse area)
LA22 9HF
Tel: 01539 432596
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Pitches: 25
Open: 01/04/2022 to 31/10/2022

Rating: Average Review Score: 9/10 from 32 Reviews
                9/10 from 32 Reviews

 Tent Pitches   No Caravans   No Motorhomes   No Campervans 
 No 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   No Rallies   Not Naturist Site 
 Dogs Welcome   No Dogs Allowed   Groups Welcome   Motorbikers Welcome 
 Toilet Facilities   No Showers   Washing Up   No Bathroom 
 No Baby Changing   No Laundry   Drinking Water   Disabled Friendly 
 No Chemical Disposal   No Battery Charging   No Gas Exchange   No Recycling Facilities 
 No Kitchen Facilities   No Freezer / Fridge   No Motorhome Point   No Wifi Access 
 Shop <1 mile   Bar <1 mile   Restaurant or Cafe or Takeaway <1 mile 
 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   No Cycle Hire   No Golf   No Tennis 
 No Beach   No Watersports   No Boat Launch 
Other Features
 No Sea Views   Working Farm   No Campfires Allowed 
 No Waterside Pitches   Public Transport <5 miles  Offroad Dog Walk On Site or Direct Access 

Reviews:  32 in total, now showing 1 to 10                 Previous 10          Next 10
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Date of Visit: May 2022 Unit:  Tent
Nights stayed: 2 Travelling as:  Family with older children
Reviewer: Dave sellers 1 review from this member

 Keep this little gem of a farm site a secret! with 2 toilets and an outside sink/cold tap the site is basic but brilliant:-

Views so amazing you can sit here all day; so close to Ambleside at 2. 3 miles and 400-500ft easy elev, you can walk the bridleway straight from your tent into Ambleside; great location for access to any corner of Cumbria; swim in the tarn on a hot day.

Son and I went here looking for a basic site and value for money so we could drive out and run/walk the fells.

Noise curfew at 11pm and families/couples only. Hosts gave a warm welcome and let us be; perfect.

We will be back for sure.

You'll find a flat enough pitch and get your pegs in with a little common sense.

Also sells teas/coffees/sweets/ice-creams from the farmhouse. 

Date of Visit: July 2021 Unit:  Tent
Nights stayed: 1 Travelling as:  Solo traveller
Reviewer: Hillhopper 4 reviews from this member

 What a lovely little site, £4 pppn £2 per car.

Very basic facilities, toilets and tap but well looked after,

Site not all level and you need rock pegs, but its really nice. 
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Date of Visit: September 2020 Unit:  Tent
Nights stayed: 1 Travelling as:  Other
Reviewer: Siddeney 1 review from this member

 Magical place hidden away with very basic facilities but that generally keeps the idiots away.

Loughrigg tarn is basically on site and great for wild swimming and people also bring fun inflatables.

It is cheap and a welcome return to traditional camping. 
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Date of Visit: August 2019 Unit:  Tent
Nights stayed: 2 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: Mickeyblueys 3 reviews from this member

 Great basic campsite with 2toilets & an outside tap - it's what you make of it.

The farmer is friendly & charges £5/night/pperson at the moment

Just down a pathway from campsite (bit uneven but has plenty of space) is Loughrigg tarn (mini lake) which has people going wild swimming - they all seemed to really enjoy this without exception (apparently there are other places nearby for wild swimming)

Gorgeous views, plenty of walks & surrounded by hills.

Not far from Grassmere/ Coniston/ Ambleside

Almost wish I could give it a poor review to stop too many others finding it, and keep it all to myself, but that wouldn't be fair - lovely basic place in beautiful surroundings 
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Date of Visit: July 2018 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: John83 1 review from this member

 My friend and I recently stayed overnight at Tarn Foot Farm as part of a motorbike tour. The site met our basic requirements perfectly well. We were able to turn up and pitch without a problem, and the site owner warned us that the field and track might be slippy, but we were fine. We paid £5 (each) and pitched our two tents close to the entrance.

The field itself is at the bottom of a large hill and has few flat areas, but we managed to find somewhere vaguely flat, as had everyone else on the site. The ground is hard so bring a mallet or just hope for the best as we did. The site’s facilities are basic. There are two toilets at the side of the farm building, and one outdoor sink for everything else. Consequently it’s not a site if you like ‘glamping’, but this is camping as it should be. Cheap and basic, in a beautiful place, surrounded by nature.

The highlight of or stay was a night swim in the stunning Loughrigg Tarn which is 2 minutes walk from the site. If you enjoy nature and wild swimming then this is a great place to be. If you have a big motorhome or can’t cope without a children’s play area and on-site bar, then head somewhere else. Personally, I’d stay here again if I were in the area. 


Date of Visit: June 2018 Unit:  Tent
Nights stayed: 2 Travelling as:  Solo traveller
Reviewer: Strawy 6 reviews from this member

 A lovely little site.

Had read the reviews of this place and I wasn't disappointed at all.

Nice and basic but a brilliant location, field does slope but plenty of flat spots.

Stayed 2 nights for a tenner, a bargain, and I hope to return sometime. 

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

 My wife and I had a 5 night stay on this lovely campsite and it's exactly what were needed; quiet, rustic and pretty. The owners are very nice and the rules are few and easy to follow: no fires and no noise after 11. The field is not level but we loved that, as we didn't want to stay on a 'glamping carpark'.

Having said that, we had no trouble pitching our large 6 berth tent. Do take along good tent pegs, as the ground is very hard due to naturally occurring stone. We loved sitting outside, watching the sunset and then hearing the owls hooting to each other; so peaceful!

The site is an ideal base for exploring, either on foot or by car. There are countless walks to choose from and Ambleside is within walking distance or a few minutes by car. Watch out for those steep hills.

The tarn is easily reachable by means of a stile and going up a small hillock, then down a small sloping field to the water's edge (watch out for the sheep/geese poop). For people complaining about no hot water and cobwebs in the loos (it's a very old farm out in the sticks, what do you expect?)

Well, we easily sorted out a wash down by erecting 2 windbreakers to form a circle and placing a washing up bowl full of warm soapy water (from our kettle)on a camping table inside. Sorted :) There is a cold water tap over an old pot sink in the farm yard which is perfect for washing up, drinking water etc.

I'd definitely go back to this site (Google Maps on our phone found it no problem, but remember to turn right at the red post box in the wall, coming up High Close, off the A593). 

Date of Visit: June 2015 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Dmsplat 16 reviews from this member

 This is a beautiful and basic site that I would highly recommend. I was charged £3 per person and £2 for a car. The total facilities are a field, two very basic toilets and one old sink with a cold tap. That's it - and I think that's perfect.

The location is second to none in the heart of the lakes. It's just next to Loughrigg Tarn (good for fishing and swimming, apparently) and the site is right on a few footpaths.

You can walk across the fell to Ambleside - it's not a hard walk, but bits are quite steep. I can't remember how long the walk took, but I reckon an hour should do it.

The weekend I was there, the site was quite busy with DofE groups and other campers, but the facilities weren't strained and it was silent at 11pm.

If you love basic camping, being outside and having fun - this one should go on your list. I'm planning to go back in about four weeks toi carry on exploring. 

Date of Visit: June 2014 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Taxis Kendal 29 reviews from this member

 Beware - this site is NOT on the edge of the tarn!

But the views are excellent, with fields, trees, low hills and higher ones.

The toilets are some way from the site, and site facilities consist of two unheated toilets, and one outdoor sink (cold water only).

The grass was about a foot long, with few level pitches. However, there is no traffic noise, and thanks to the large field, we had a great distance between us and the other three tents. We camped on a Monday in June. Oh, the track is unsuitable for low slung vehicles.

Groups are not welcome except Duke of Edinburgh. No noise after 11pm, and no fires.

Charges - £3 per person plus £2 for a car.

Some idiot played on a drum for about ten minutes. Hopefully the farmer gave him a piece of his mind. Certainly, the selfish moron didn't play his drum again. 

Date of Visit: July 2013 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Austens dad 2 reviews from this member

 Now, I am really torn by leaving this review as I believe this is one of those little gems of a campsite that will just get busier the more people that know about it.

I will start off by saying this is a basic site. There is a field to pitch your tent, an out door tap and sink, 2 toilets and a view. Thats it. No shower block, no electric hook up, no kids play area etc.

The owners do not allow groups, its family's and couples only, the only exception being duke of Edinburgh.

The field for tents (or camper vans) is not the most level but there are flat areas. There is easy access wide enough for vans or large cars. The layout of the site means at most you are 200m away from the farm house where the toilets are. There are no rules about where to pitch, just find a place you like and set up.

The outdoor tap and sink services all cleaning needs for washing up etc.

The toilets are probably the cleanest ones I have ever been to on a campsite. The site owners seem very conscious about cleanliness and there is always a bountiful amount of quilted toilet paper (not your pound land special). I know this is a strange thing to review but is an important part of everyones stay.

The views speak for themselves. It is called tarn foot farm because it really is on the foot of a tarn.

This provided a much needed refreshing swim as well. The lake, sorry tarn is quite large and the site owners offer fishing at a minor cost, but swimming is free!

The owners themselves are lovely people and will more than happily freeze ice blocks, or chill the odd pint of milk. They really are that nice.

The site is less than 2 miles from Ambleside itself. Its a bit of a precarious walk home but this is a bus route if you want to leave your car behind.

There are ample walks from the site, one of my favourites is a short 3 mile walk to Elterwater and the Britannia Inn.

There is a great pub at Skelwith Bridge which is only 10 minutes walk down a hill from the site. (don't ask them about the legend of the thistle man)

There is every shop you could need in Ambleside, from a spar, coop and tescos that are open until 10pm, boots, camping shops and the like.

At the time we went it cost 16 pounds per night for 2 adults, 3 children and a car.

But beware, you cannot book places on this site. Its a turn up and first come first serve basis.

The owners do not advertise, there are no gimmicks, they have no website, there isn't even any signposts to is from the main roads.

So if you want a few days away on a no frills campsite, at an affordable price in the heart of the lakes then this is the site for you. We have just had 5 days there and loved everyone of them.

I have scored this site as 10/10 for everything, as if you expect what I have described above you cannot score it anything else.

Just don't t ell everyone! 

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