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Eskdale Campsite

Campervan and motorhome pitches at Eskdale Campsite, Cumbria
Campervan and motorhome pitches at Eskdale Campsite, Cumbria | © National Trust / Lee John Mann
An aerial view of Eskdale Campsite, Cumbria
Walk to Stanley Ghyll Force from Eskdale Campsite, Lake District

Eskdale Campsite

A tranquil base in the heart of the Lakes, for a holiday walking and exploring the region’s crags, woods and waterfalls.

An aerial view of Eskdale Campsite, Cumbria
Walk to Stanley Ghyll Force from Eskdale Campsite, Lake District
Campervan and motorhome pitches at Eskdale Campsite, Cumbria
The pods at Eskdale Campsite, Lake District
Hardknott Roman Fort near Eskdale Campsite, Lake District
Walkers admiring the view of the Eskdale Valley, Lake District
The La'al Ratty Railway near Eskdale Campsite, Lake District

© National Trust / Lee John Mann

A tranquil base in the heart of the Lakes, for a holiday walking and exploring the region’s crags, woods and waterfalls.

At a glance

Type of accommodation
Tents, Campervans, Motorhomes, Pods, Bell tents
Number of places / pitches
110
Seasons
9 Feb 2024 - 25 Feb 2024
1 Mar 2024 - 3 Jan 2025
Minimum stay
2 nights
Dogs welcome per pitch
2

About Eskdale Campsite

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. We highly recommend ignoring your sat nav when travelling to Eskdale.

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 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 pitch. 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 Lake has to offer, then head to the beaches at Seascale and Drigg, Silecroft or St Bees for taking in the sea air (and building sandcastles). 

Features and facilities

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

Location

More information

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.

Dogs: Well behaved dogs that do not disturb other campers are welcome on site (maximum of two per pitch), but please notify us at the time of booking. To reduce any disturbance to other campers, dogs must be always on leads and cleared up after immediately. 

Group bookings: Please complete the group bookings enquiry form you'll find towards the bottom of this page.

Types of Accommodation

Camping at Eskdale Campsite, Cumbria
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Tents 

Pitch your tent in the picturesque Eskdale Valley at the foot of England's steepest road, Hardknott Pass.

Pods at Eskdale Campsite, Cumbria
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Pods 

Our cosy pods offer a few simple indoor comforts whilst staying in the great outdoors.

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Campervans and motorhomes 

Stay at the glorious Eskdale Campsite in the comfort of your own campervan or motorhome.

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Bell tents 

For an alternative camping adventure, get comfy in a spacious bell tent equipped with a wood-burning stove that can turn a cold night into a cosy, snug experience.

Additional Information

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Eskdale FAQs 

Here are some answers to the most frequently asked questions about Eskdale Campsite.

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Eskdale site facilities 

We're looking forward to welcoming you to Eskdale Campsite.

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Eskdale site rules 

More information about your stay at Eskdale Campsite.

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Booking enquiry form for organised groups and associations 2024 

Organised groups, including Duke of Edinburgh groups, are welcome at our campsites. To make an enquiry, please complete the form with your requirements and send it to guestrelations@nationaltrust.org.uk