Eskdale Campsite

Boot, Cumbria
Eskdale Campsite, Cumbria
Pods at Eskdale Campsite, Cumbria
Pods at Eskdale Campsite, Cumbria
Campervan at Eskdale Camspite, Lake District
Campervans are very welcome at Eskdale Campsite
The facilities at Eskdale Campsite, Cumbria
Eskdale Campsite, Cumbria Pods at Eskdale Campsite, Cumbria Pods at Eskdale Campsite, Cumbria Campervan at Eskdale Camspite, Lake District Campervans are very welcome at Eskdale Campsite The facilities at Eskdale Campsite, Cumbria

At-a-glance details

  • Type of accommodation Tents Motorhome Campervan Pods
  • No of places / pitches110
  • Seasons
    6 March 2020 - 1 January 2021
  • Minimum stay2 night(s)
  • Dogs welcome per pitch2
  • Star/Pennant rating 1 What's this?

About Eskdale Campsite

A tranquil base for walkers and outdoor lovers in the heart of the Lakes, perfect for exploring the region’s stunning crags, woods and waterfalls

This charming and incredibly pretty campsite set in 8 acres of meadow grassland in the Eskdale valley sits at the foot of England’s steepest road - the Hardknott Pass - although we advise taking an easier route to start your holiday that avoids the switchbacks and the jaw-dropping gradient.

Pitch your tent in one of the three flat meadow areas on offer, whether that’s tucked away near the tumbling beck and play area (with easy access onto the path that heads to the pub), or set up in the main tree-lined field. You can cross the beck over the little foot bridge to the ‘adults only’, no car meadow. All the pitches are dual-use for campervans and tents, with options for electric hook up, so cars can mostly be parked next to your tent too. Or forget the tent and book a pod, which you’ll find nestled in a little wooded area with a small play space nearby. Whichever spot you  choose you’ll love the campsite shop, and modern facility block that includes showers, toilets, washing up areas, drying and laundry rooms  and information room.

From the campsite follow the river along past St Catherine’s Church where you can make your way across on stepping stones, cool off on a warm day in the glorious rock pools, or carry on up to Stanley Ghyll Force, a 60 foot high waterfall in a deep gorge. For fans of more adrenaline-fuelled adventure, head up to Harter Fell, a quiet and truly beautiful spot with panoramic views of Scafell Pike and the southern fells, which you could also tackle if you’re feeling energetic. A short stroll from camp will take you to the village of Boot with its choice of three pubs, perfect for thirsty walkers. And if you’re all walked out, then the famous Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway offers you the chance to sit back and take in the views as you take a well-earned ride on a steam train to the coast.

You’ll find local stores at Eskdale Green, Gosforth and Egremont. With a range of bridleways, trails and fell routes to explore, you can ditch the car for a few days while you test your legs on foot or by bike. When you’ve walked and cycled everywhere, the western Lakes area is also home to Hardknott Roman Fort and Muncaster Castle, perfect for a day of sightseeing.  Once you’ve toured all the Lakes have to offer, then head to the beaches at Seascale and Drigg, Silecroft or St Bees for taking in the sea air (and building sandcastles).


Enquire and book

Call 015394 32733

Opening times

Lake District booking office: Monday to Friday, 10am-4pm



Types of Accommodation

Reopening facilities at Eskdale Campsite 

We’re delighted to welcome campers back to Eskdale Campsite, with your safety as our top priority.

To ensure social distancing, we’ll continue to only accept guests who have pre-booked. This is so that we can safely manage the number of guests at our campsites.

We’d like to say things will be business as usual, but some of our services and activities may not be available until next season. We’d like to say things are business as usual but as we reopen, we don't have all of our usual services and activities available. Please read this page carefully as it may mean you need to bring a few extra things with you. PLEASE NOTE: We’re only able to accept bookings for groups of up to six guests from different households at this campsite during September and October (unless exceptions apply), in line with government guidance and for your safety.

Features and facilities

  • Toilets available
  • Showers available
  • Electric hook-up available
  • Washing-up area available
  • Laundry available
  • Shop available
  • Chemical disposal available
  • BBQ available
  • WiFi* available

Additional Information

Notes for guests

Campsite reception number: 01946 723253

Travel warning: The site is located at the foot of the infamous Hardknott Pass – the steepest road in England with a gradient of 1 in 3, tight switchbacks and tight passing places, so please take care that your sat nav does not unwittingly lead you this way. Easier access is via the west over the easier passes of Birker or Corney Fell, or follow the coast on the main roads.

The Hardknott pass is NOT suitable for trailers or motorhomes. In winter it can be treacherous with ice and snow.


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