Wasdale campsite FAQs

Mountain bikers on a riverside trail in Wasdale

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.

Where is the nearest food shop?
 
There is a shop on site selling all the basics such as bread and milk, open daily.
 
Where is the nearest pub / restaurant?
 
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.
 
Where is the nearest bank?
 
The nearest bank with a cash machine is at Gosforth (HSBC, 20 minutes' drive). Camping goods, food and refreshments can be paid for by card at the campsite shop (as well as camping if you are not pre-booked).
 
Can I bring my dog?
 
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.
 
Do you hire freeze packs?
 
No, but we can freeze your own.
 
Do you exchange gas cylinders?
 
Yes, we do have bottled gas for exchange.
 
What's the weather going to do?
 
For up to date weather information, please telephone the Lake District Weatherline on 08700 550575 or visit Lake District weatherline.
 
How safe is it to walk on the fells?
 
Please refer to the Lake District National Park Authority website for some useful guidelines on how to be safe whilst on the fells.
 
How far away is Scafell Pike and how long does it take to get there?
 
Wasdale Valley provides the most direct start point for hiking to the summit of England's highest mountain, Scafell Pike. By the shortest route from the campsite, the summit is approximately 2.5miles (4km) away. If you were to walk a circular route back to the campsite via Great End and Sprinkling Tarn, you should allow a whole day for your walk. Obviously the duration will vary according to the fitness and age of your group and will also be dependent on weather conditions and navigation ability.
 
Find out more about climbing Scafell Pike.
 
Where are the nearest climbing routes and how suitable are they for beginners?
 
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.
 
Where is the 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.
 
Where is the nearest bus stop?
 
There is currently no bus service to Wasdale.
 
Do you accept trailer tents / caravans / campervans?
 
We are able to accept tents and campervans. Limited space available for trailer tents which have to be manhandled on to the pitches. Please note we now have eight hardstandings with electric hook-up and some hook-ups for tents. Sorry, we cannot accept caravans as the approach road is unsuitable.
 
Do you have laundry facilities?
 
We have washing machines and dryers. Tokens are available from the shop.
 
What places are there to visit nearby?
 
There are countless places of interest nearby, including Muncaster Castle and Owl Centre, The Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway and sandy beaches at Drigg and Silecroft.
 
Do you take credit card payments?
 
Yes, we accept most credit cards.
 
Do you allow fires or 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.
 
Where can I park?
 
Cars should be parked in the car parking areas, with no vehicle access on to the pitches.
 
Which is the nearest lake?
 
Wastwater is nearby but there is no direct lake access from the campsite. There are plenty of access points to the lake along the lakeside road leading to the campsite.
 
Are you open all year?
 
We are open all year round, come rain or shine.
 
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.
 
Can under 18s stay at the site?
 
Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.