Wasdale Campsite FAQs
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.
We don't hire any freeze packs but we will happily freeze your own.
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 UKclimbing.com 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.