Planning a Trip

Places to stay

There are many camp sites in the Lake District that have pitches for camper vans. Look for electric hook up availability and good facilities to make sure that you enjoy your stay. Some sites have a minimum length of stay, which can seem counter-productive for the type of adventure you may be planning, but there are benefits to a longer stay, such as not being restricted to a check in or check out time every day.

Here are some tried and tested camp sites:


The Quiet Site – South of Pooley Bridge and approximately a mile from the lake, this camp site has very good facilities, including electricity hook up.  The access road is quite narrow and single track in parts.  They have an on-site bar, set in an old barn type building.

Waterfoot Park – A 15 minute walk from Pooley Bridge, on a dedicated pathway, this site has some of the best facilities we’ve experienced.  Very spacious and well spaced pitches with electricity hook up available.

Waterside Farm – Lakeside pitches and excellent facilities at this site at the bottom of Barton Fell.  Only a mile from Pooley Bridge and walkable on a lakeside path.  Hire a rowing boat, canoe or mountain bike by the hour or day!


Herdwick Croft – Located at the north end of Bassenthwaite lake, and walking distance from the Lakes Distillery, you’ll find good facilities and electricity hook up  here.

St Bees

Seacote Park – On the Cumbria Coastal Way, under St Bees Head, you’ll find this quaint camp site, with views across the Irish Sea towards the Isle of Man.  Some of the camper van pitches face towards the sea, and are close enough to the beach to let you  hear the waves rolling in.  The nearby village of St Bees has a nostalgic feeling of yesteryear, with its level crossing and lines of pretty cottages by the railway station house.