Camping is a great way to experience the Lake District and there are plenty of options available for places to stay with the National Trust. Here we answer some of the most frequently asked questions about Wasdale Campsite, which is located at the foot of the impressive Scafell Pike.

Food shopping in Wasdale

There is a shop on site selling all the basics such as bread, milk, maps as well as some camping gear. Open daily.

Pubs and restaurants

The Wasdale Head Inn is approximately 20 minutes' walk from the campsite and provides pub grub until 8pm each evening. A short drive away at Nether Wasdale there are two good pubs which serve food - Screes Inn and Strands Inn.

Bank and cash machine

The nearest hole in the wall is at Gosforth and at the garage at Holmrook.  Most major banks are located in Whitehaven.


Well behaved dogs are welcome at Wasdale Campsite, but should be kept on a lead at all times. Dogs should be exercised well away from the camping area and any mess cleared up immediately.

Freeze packs

We don't hire any freeze packs but we will happily freeze your own.

Gas cylinders

We have bottled gas for exchange at the on site shop.

Mountain weather forecast

For up to date weather information, visit the Lake District weatherline.

The mountain weather forecast is displayed daily at the reception.

Safety on the fells

The challenge of a day on the fells should never be underestimated - click on the link below for further information and advice about climbing up Scafell Pike and the other mountains of the Lake District.

How far away is Scafell Pike and how long does it take to get there?

Find out more about climbing Scafell Pike.

Rock- climbing in Wasdale

There are no low level climbing routes in the Wasdale Valley. Expect a good walk before you reach access to the start of many spectacular rock climbs. There are classic routes on Gable such as Napes Needle, Tophet Wall and Central Buttress, access for which is approximately 1.5 hours' walk away from the campsite. Grades vary from beginners routes to routes for the highly experienced. Visit for more climbing info.

Are there any climbing crag bans in place?

Please use the search facility at The British Mountaineering Council website. Click on 'access' for up to date information on any crag bans.

Are there any Sites of Special Scientific Interest in the area?

Wastwater, England's deepest lake, just a few metres away from the campsite, is a designated SSSI, one of many in Cumbria. For a full list and further information, please refer to English Nature's website where there is a search facility.

Nearest town or village

Wasdale is very remote and peaceful, the nearest village being Gosforth with a few shops and a couple of pubs about 20 minutes' drive away. Nether Wasdale and Santon Bridge are closer, but are just tiny hamlets with good pubs.

Nearest bus stop

There is currently no bus service to Wasdale.

Credit card payments

Yes, we accept most credit cards at the campsite or you can pay in advance online.

Fires and disposable barbeques

Fires are strictly forbidden. You are welcome to use a barbecue as long as it is above ground.

Do you need coins to operate the showers?

No, use of the showers is included in your pitch fee.

I am staying in a pod, what do I need to bring?

Think of the pod as a replacement for your tent. You will need everything you would bring for your tent, apart from the tent itself. Folding mattresses are available placed directly on the floor.

Can under 18s stay at the site?

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.

View of Scafell Pike

Climbing Scafell Pike

Plan ahead and enjoy the rugged character of England's highest mountain.

Walkers at Wasdale with our campsite on the right hand side

Things to see and do in Wasdale

Soak up the atmosphere at Wasdale with England's deepest lake and tallest mountain. Here you can always find space to relax and, if you're feeling brave, swim.

The shop and reception at Wasdale Campsite

Wasdale Campsite facilities 

Our campsite at Wasdale is located in a spectacular setting at the foot of England's highest mountains and a stone's throw from Wastwater, England's deepest lake.


Wasdale Campsite camping pods 

Stay in one of our cosy pods and benefit from a few simple indoor comforts whilst staying in the great outdoors.


Wasdale Campsite campervans and motorhomes 

Campervanners and motorhome owners are very welcome at all our campsites.