Eskdale Campsite

Boot, Cumbria
Eskdale Campsite, Cumbria
Pods at Eskdale Campsite, Cumbria
Pods at Eskdale Campsite, Cumbria
Interior of the camping barn at Eskdale Campsite, Cumbria
Interior of the camping barn at Eskdale Campsite, Cumbria
The facilities at Eskdale Campsite, Cumbria
Eskdale Campsite, Cumbria Pods at Eskdale Campsite, Cumbria Pods at Eskdale Campsite, Cumbria Interior of the camping barn at Eskdale Campsite, Cumbria Interior of the camping barn at Eskdale Campsite, Cumbria The facilities at Eskdale Campsite, Cumbria

At-a-glance details

  • Type of accommodation Tents Motorhome Campervan Pods
  • No of places / pitches110
  • Seasons
    1 March 2019 - 1 January 2020
  • Minimum stay2 night(s)
  • Dogs welcome per pitch2

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 or even our lovely camping barn which sleeps 8 people. 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 yearly beer festival and 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 01946 723270 (temporary number)

Opening times

We’ve just become the new owners of Eskdale Campsite. Online booking will be available very soon. Please email us if you have an enquiry or call the temporary number. Currently the usual phone line is out of order following Storm Gareth.

Email lakescampsites@nationaltrust.org.uk

Types of Accommodation

Interior of the camping barn at Eskdale Campsite, Cumbria

Eskdale camping barn 

You’ll find our traditional Lakeland camping barn (which sleeps up to eight people) right at the heart of the campsite, surrounded by stunning scenery that will make your stay even more special.

Features and facilities

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

Additional Information

Notes for guests

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.

Public WIFI: Please note that currently, there is no WIFI available whilst we are in the process of changing providers. This is however,  provided by local pubs just a few minutes' walk away from the site. Our apologies for any inconvenience.

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About the Acorn rating

To help find the best cottage for you, we have created our own quality rating system for our holiday cottages called the Acorn rating. Ranging from 1-5 Acorns, the rating gives you an indication of a property’s facilities, fixtures and fittings, with five being the highest quality level. The Acorn rating is not connected to any other industry rating system that may be used for holiday cottages and is only to be used as a guide that covers location, style of interior and the facilities you may be looking for. We do not set our cottage pricing based on the Acorn rating we have given a cottage as all our cottages are of an individual nature. Therefore, we recommend that all factors are considered when making your choice. In addition, some of our cottages are curated to be sympathetic to their time period. This means that they might not have all of the aspects of modern living, but impress in so many other ways.

1 Acorn: simple living accommodation with basic furniture and fixtures fit for purpose and clean. Running water and a toilet are provided. There could be some limitations to heating and washing facilities – details of these will be stated clearly on the cottage's webpage. Bedding, linen and towels are supplied with a few exceptions, which are again clearly stated). Facilities for basic catering and living are provided. In general, a 1 Acorn cottage does not have WiFi.

2 Acorn: a mid-quality range of furniture and fittings. Bathroom facilities are basic or there may be a high number of guests to bathroom ratio depending on the size of the cottage. Very few 2 Acorn cottages have WiFi and the kitchen white goods and washing facilities are basic. Bedding, linen and towels are supplied in all 2-5 Acorn cottages.

3 Acorn: a good, standard offer. Generally it is correctly proportioned for the number of guests but could have a few compromises, for example a small kitchen, or a lower bathroom to guest ratio. The variety of white goods available will be better than a 2 Acorn cottage.

4 Acorn: these cottages have more premium furniture, fittings and lighting. Additionally the ratio of bathrooms to guests is likely to be higher, and the bathrooms would be more likely to have separate and spacious showers instead of showers over baths.

5 Acorn: a luxury accommodation offer with very few limiting factors. This is the highest offer available. It is well-equipped and has spacious facilities throughout the cottage or is set within an extraordinary location or building. The furniture is of a high standard, and has real comfort for modern living.

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