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Camping In The Lake District

With one of the UK’s most glorious landscapes, the spectacular lakes and hills of the Lake District has some amazing camping locations for enjoying camping in the Lake District.

We’re taking a look at those available through the National Trust, Haven Holidays and Sykes Cottages, plus a few independent campsites bought to our attention by our readers and followers.

A word of warning before we start. Although the Lake District has some spectacular and dramatic scenery, always take care to check a local weather forecast before venturing out, as weather conditions can deteriorate very quickly.

Camping In The Lake District

The stunning scenery of the Lake District makes for a great camping holiday location

Camping In The Lake District Courtesy Of The National Trust

Great Langdale Campsite

Camping In The Lake District

Great Langdale Campsite lies at the head of the Great Langdale Valley, below the high fells of Crinkle Crags, Bow Fell and the Langdale Pikes

Great Langdale Campsite has a wide selection of grassy pitches as well as some wooden camping pods if you are looking for something more sturdy than a tent. There are two toilet and shower blocks here, plus washing-up areas and a laundry and drying room, as well as a bouldering wall and a children’s play area.

A dramatic spot to camp at if you love the outdoor life, you’ll probably be pleased to know that the Sticklebarn pub is just a ten minute walk from the campsite.

Find out more about Great Langdale Campsite ▸ https://campingholidayparks.com/lake-district-great-langdale

Low Wray Campsite

Camping In The Lake District

Low Wray campsite is located on the western shores of Lake Windermere

Low Wray Campsite has a wide range of camping choices including traditional pitches with waterfront, lake, meadow or woodland views plus pre-erected camping pods and safari tents and spaces for campervans and motorhomes. In all there are 153 pitches here.

There is a shop, three toilet and shower blocks, laundry facilities, washing-up areas and a children’s adventure playground. Canoes, rowing boats, sit-on kayaks and paddleboards are also available to hire as well as mountain bikes. In high season, wood-fired pizzas are available on certain nights.

Find out more about Low Wray Campsite ▸ https://campingholidayparks.com/low-wray-ambleside

Wasdale Campsite

Camping In The Lake District

Wasdale Campsite is just a stone’s throw from Wastwater, England’s deepest lake

Wasdale Campsite has 120 pitches and lies at the foot of England’s largest mountain, Scafell. You can also enjoy views of Wastwater, England’s deepest lake. As well as the option of camping in your own tent, there are also pre-erected bell tents, seven heated wooden camping pods and eleven hard standing campervan and motorhome pitches, complete with electric hook-ups.

There is an on-site shop, a toilet and shower block, washing-up areas, a laundry room and electric hook-ups for tents.

Find out more about Wasdale Campsite ▸ https://campingholidayparks.com/wasdale-camping

Hoathwaite Campsite

Camping In The Lake District

Hoathwaite Campsite enjoys a stunning location overlooking Coniston Water, one of the Lake District’s largest lakes

Hoathwaite Campsite is in a stunning location overlooking Coniston Water, one of the Lake District’s largest lakes. It’s a simple site with no frills, just some basic amenities including a toilet and shower block, washing-up facilities and a chemical disposal point. Other than that, it’s almost “wild camping” with space for tents, campervans and motorhomes.

If you want a step up from that, basecamp tipis and yurts have also been erected here.

Find out more about Hoathwaite ▸ https://campingholidayparks.com/hoathwaite-camping-lake-district

Camping In The Lake District Courtesy Of Haven Holidays

Lakelands Holiday Park

Camping In The Lake District

Holiday homes at Haven’s Lakeland Holiday Park

Haven Holidays have one camping park in the Lake District, Lakeland Holiday Park, which is close to Grange-over-Sands, overlooking Morecambe Bay and less than ten miles to the southern tip of Lake Windermere.

As well as the usual top class facilities and amenities you’d expect to see at a Haven Holiday Park such as indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a bar, restaurant and evening entertainment, you can enjoy a variety of water sports on the holiday park’s own lake, including kayaking, canoeing, paddleboarding and pedalos.

As well as Haven’s own static caravan and luxury lodge accommodation, there are also 177 pitches at Lakeland Holiday Park for tourers and campers, including trailer tents and motorhomes. Free fun passes come with bookings so tourers will be able to enjoy all the amenities that are already available to Haven holidaymakers.

Find out more about booking a stay at Lakelands ▸ https://campingholidayparks.com/haven-lakelands-holiday-park

Some Independent Sites For Camping In The Lake District

Here is a small sample of locations for camping in the Lake District which have been brought to our attention by our readers and followers.

Park Cliffe Camping & Caravan Estate

Camping In The Lake District

As well as spacious pitches for touring and camping, Park Cliffe has three well equipped holiday caravans and twelve camping pods. A hidden gem close to Windermere. Click Here For TripAdvisor Reviews

Eskdale Campsite

Camping In The Lake District

Close to Scafell Pike, Eskdale Campsite has 10 camping pods and pitches for tents, trailer tents, campervans and motorhomes. A 5 star AA Camping Site for the last 7 years, it is close to 3 local pubs. Click Here For TripAdvisor Reviews

Mains Farm Caravan Site

Camping In The Lake District

Mains Farm is a family run working farm & quiet touring park, set in the beautiful Eden Valley. Offering pitches for caravans, tents & 6 camping pods. There is a kitchen for campers to use plus clean toilets and showers. Click Here For TripAdvisor Reviews

Baysbrown Farm Campsite

Camping In The Lake District

Set in a stunning location, Baysbrown Farm Campsite is about 7 miles from Ambleside in the village of Chapel Stile at the entrance to the stunning Great Langdale Valley in the heart of the Lake District. It .has pubs within walking distance and a nearby bus stop and is close to some great walking trails. Click Here For TripAdvisor Reviews

Space doesn’t permit much more information about these camping locations, but TripAdvisor has them all in a handy list for you to browse through (a click to each of the above photos takes you direct to their reviews of each site). If you have a favourite of your own to recommend, why not let us know why so we can add it to this post.

Sykes Cottages

Camping In The Lake District

Wray Green Cottage, on the side of Wild Boar Fell, probably has one of the best views in the entire Lake District

Sykes Cottages have an abundance of cottages for you to stay in, if you are looking for something a bit more substantial than a tent, yurt, pod or caravan, such as Grade II listed Wray Green on the side of Wild Boar Fell pictured above.

Why not browse through the list of what’s available ▸ https://campingholidayparks.com/lake-district-cottages

Disclosure: We have a commercial relationship with the National Trust, Haven Holidays and Sykes Cottages, so if you decide to go ahead with a booking from this page, we might receive a payment from them. Please note that does not affect the price you pay in any way or how your booking is handled, which is totally through the National Trust, Haven Holidays or Sykes Cottages and does not involve ourselves in any way.


Camping In The Ardeche

The Ardeche Is A Magnificent Camping Option

The Ardeche is a magnificent camping option to consider. The summer weather in the Ardeche tends to be hotter than other popular camping areas in France with more Atlantic climates, even those further south such as Arcachon and the Dordogne.

That’s because the Ardeche normally enjoys a combination of hotter Continental and Mediterranean weather. By being situated where these hot, humid weather systems come up against Atlantic weather systems trying to push east, the Ardeche can be prone to very violent and dramatic thunderstorms.

I experienced one of these for myself back in 2004 when the campsite my family was staying at had to be evacuated during the night due to a combination of violent storms and flooding. Everyone was evacuated to a nearby church hall or chose to sleep in their cars. Happily when we returned the next morning our trailer tent was still intact and with absolutely nothing missing. It was also my wife’s birthday so it ended being a more memorable one than originally expected.

Although the river took a few days to settle down, and there were a few more storms, things otherwise quickly returned to normal.


The legendary Pont d’Arc near Vallon-Pont-d’Arc. No visit to the Ardeche is complete without canoeing through here.

The Ardeche has a wide choice of campsites, some of very high quality. They’re generally scattered along the riverbank from the village of Vogue, one of the loveliest villages in France, to the north and Vallon Pont D’Arc, further south, where you can enjoy some spectacular views of the dramatic gorges along the Ardeche.

Camping Nature Parc L'Ardechois

Camping Nature Parc L’Ardechois, one of the very best camping locations in the Ardeche. Always very popular with tourers, it would be advisable to book ahead if planning to stay here. Click Here To Read More Reviews

The Ardeche is a more challenging river for canoeing than the gentler, more genteel Dordogne but not as demanding as the Tarn. If you are willing to try it, you will be rewarded with some of the most dramatic scenery you could ever wish to see.

The views from the road are equally dramatic. There are also some lovely villages to visit including Vogue and Vallon-Pont-d’Arc.

Camping In The Ardeche

Camping La Bastide en Ardèche has direct access to the Ardeche River close to the iconic Vallon Pont d’Arc beauty spot. Click Here For More Details

Travelling to the Ardeche by road is a long journey. It will take at least 10 hours by car without having a trailer or caravan to tow, even without stopping and if traffic is light. It’s therefore advisable to have one stopover getting there and back, unless you can face such a long journey in one go. Be warned too, that traffic in the summer weekends at the end of July and in August is incredibly busy.

Les Ranchisses Campsite

Les Ranchisses Campsite near to picturesque L’argentière is Eurocamp’s best rated camping park in the Ardeche.
It’s not located on the Ardeche, but on the nearby La Ligne, a tributary of the Ardeche. Click Here For More Details

If you’ve been camping in the Ardeche yourself, or would like to do so, do feel free to send us your questions and comments either here or on our Social Media platforms, and indeed feel free to share this post on your own networks if you’d like to do so. It would be much appreciated.


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