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Wasdale Head, Seascale, Cumbria, UK, CA20 1EX

Wasdale Campsite

An aerial view of Wasdale Campsite and Wastwater, Cumbria
An aerial view of Wasdale Campsite and Wastwater, Cumbria | © National Trust/Robin Kitchin
Pods and a tent pitch at Wasdale Campsite, Cumbria
A campervan with electrical hook-up at Wasdale Campsite, Cumbria

Wasdale Campsite

A mile from Wastwater, close to challenging bike trails and Scafell Pike, England’s tallest mountain.

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Pods and a tent pitch at Wasdale Campsite, Cumbria
A campervan with electrical hook-up at Wasdale Campsite, Cumbria
An aerial view of Wasdale Campsite and Wastwater, Cumbria
A medium tent pitch at Wasdale Campsite, Cumbria
A large tent pitch at Wasdale Campsite, Cumbria
An aerial view of Wasdale Campsite and Wastwater, Cumbria
Pods at Wasdale Campsite, Cumbria
The interior of a standard pod at Wasdale Campsite, Cumbria
A family pod at Wasdale Campsite, Cumbria
A plus pod at Wasdale Campsite, Cumbria
The tipis at Wasdale Campsite, Cumbria
A tipi interior at Wasdale Campsite, Cumbria
The bell tent at Wasdale Campsite, Cumbria
The bell tent interior at Wasdale Campsite, Cumbria
The facilities block at Wasdale Campsite, Cumbria
The accessible wet room at Wasdale Campsite, Cumbria
The shower in the facilities block at Wasdale Campsite, Cumbria
The shop at Wasdale Campsite, Cumbria
A tipi and tent pitches at Wasdale Campsite, Cumbria
A bell tent at Wasdale Campsite, Cumbria

© National Trust/Robin Kitchin

A mile from Wastwater, close to challenging bike trails and Scafell Pike, England’s tallest mountain.

At a glance

Type of accommodation
Tents, Campervans, Motorhomes, Pods, Bell tents, Tipis
Number of places / pitches
120
Seasons
1 Jan 2024 - 31 Dec 2024
Minimum stay
2 nights
Dogs welcome per pitch
2

About Wasdale Campsite

Wasdale Campsite is between Wastwater and Wasdale Head, an ideal base for tackling Scafell Pike, England’s tallest mountain. But if the high fells aren't for you, there's plenty to discover on Wasdale's valley paths: riverbanks, ancient packhorse tracks and waterfalls. A good walk, of about an hour and a half, will get you to some classic rock climbing routes on Gable like Napes Needle, Tophet Wall and Central Buttress, with grades from beginner to highly experienced. 

Wastwater, England's deepest lake and a special area of conservation, is just a mile from the campsite and there's parking near good places for launching kayaks and paddleboards. The area is great for cyclists too; be sure to have the right bike and equipment as the area’s trails can be challenging.

In a valley that attracts many people looking for adventure, the campsite is peaceful spot, sheltered by trees. A stay here is all about the outdoors, and being immersed in nature. To help preserve the site's tranquillity, the maximum number of adults in any booking is four and this applies whether you book together or separately. Check-in is from 2pm, with departures by 10am. For group bookings for groups like Duke of Edinburgh, directions, late arrivals, facility information, electric vehicle charging, local area guides and more, please check the Guide to Wasdale Campsite.

Features and facilities

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

Location

A campervan pitch at Wasdale  Campsite, Cumbria

Campervans and motorhomes

The route to Wasdale is very narrow (and frankly tortuous!) in places, but well worth the effort. Campervans and motorhomes (under 6.5m long) are parked on handstanding pitches with electric hook-up by the car park, mostly under a canopy of trees. Sorry, but the site isn't suitable for caravans due to access restrictions.

Tents in the camping field at Wasdale Campsite, Cumbria

Pitching a tent

One hundred natural tent pitches are scattered across the campsite in fields divided by trees and hedges. in the booking system, select the size of pitch you need, with or without electric hook-up. We'll allocate your pitch when you arrive. Cars are parked away from the camping fields in the car park so everyone can enjoy the mountain views..

A pod at Wasdale Campsite, Cumbria

Pods

There are eight pods in two small groups. They offer a few simple comforts - a soft floor, heat, light and sockets. Think of a pod as a replacement for your tent, and bring all your other camping gear, including sleeping bags, a sleeping mat if you'd like to place it on top of the mattresses provided, pots and pans, a stove and camping chairs. You can find out more in the Wasdale Campsite Guide. The pods at Wasdale are not dog friendly., but you'll find dog-friendly pods at Eskdale Campsite.

A family pod at Wasdale Campsite, Cumbria

Regular Pods

These pods are one room and have floor mattresses that can be folded up and used as seats in the day. Standard Regular Pods sleep up to two adults and one child, while Large Regular Pods sleep up to two adults and three small children.

A plus pod at Wasdale Campsite, Cumbria

Plus Pods

Plus Pods have a front and back section. The front section has two benches with mattresses, which can be used as seating in the day and single beds at night. There is storage space under the benches and hooks to hang equipment. The back section also has floor mattresses, which can be folded up for extra seating. They sleep two adults and two children, or three adults.

Tipis and bell tents

The tipis and bell tents each have a woodburner, so you can enjoy some warmth and a cosy glow at the end of a day exploring. The tipis have a double bed as well as a cooking stove and utensils and indoor table and chairs, while the ball tents are simple, with mattresses inside and table and chairs on the deck. Find full inventories in the Wasdale Campsite Guide.

One of the tipis at Wasdale Campsite, Cumbria

Tipis

Three adults or two adults and two children. One is dog friendly.

The bell tent at Wasdale Campsite, Cumbria

Bell tents

Three adults or two adults and two children. No dogs.

An aerial view of Wasdale Campsite and the shore of Wastwater, Cumbria
Article
Article

Guide to Wasdale Campsite 

Find all you need to know about a holiday at Wasdale Campsite, including directions, how to check in, mountain safety and more...

The La'al Ratty Railway near Eskdale Campsite, Lake District

Things to see and do while you stay

The neighbouring Eskdale and Duddon Valley is the only place in England where the mountains plunge almost directly into the sea, descending all the way to the beaches on the West coast of Cumbria. You can get there by steam train on the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway. You can drive to the coast in half an hour; head for Drigg or Seascale for dunes, miles of sand, fish and chips and ice cream. The cliffs of the St Bees Heritage Coast are about 22 miles away, a Site of Special Scientific Interest and the only colony of cliff-nesting seabirds in North West England. .

A person on a mountain bike, wearing a white cycling helmet and pink fluorescent gilet, looks at the lake of Wast Water in Wasdale
Trail
Trail

Nether Wasdale and Hollow Moor by mountain bike 

Lake District

This route offers a great mix of biking terrain from valley bottom and lakeside lanes, to a steep bridleway climb and high-level cruising – all with magnificent views.

Activities
Cycling
DistanceMiles: 11.8 (km: 18.88)
View of Wastwater and Scafell Pike from the top of Middle Fell on a clear day in spring.
Trail
Trail

Greendale and Middle Fell walk 

Lake District

Enjoy a quieter walk from Wasdale into the Western Fells, exploring above Wastwater on a circular route to Greendale Tarn and the summit of Middle Fell.

Activities
Walking
DistanceMiles: 3.5 (km: 5.6)
The exterior at Thrang, Seathwaite, Lake District, Cumbria

Holiday cottages and campsites near Wasdale Campsite 

For family and friends who would like to join your holiday, there are two National Trust holiday cottages in Wasdale - Thrang (sleeps five) and Wasdale Hall Lodge (sleeps four). Remote Bird How (sleeps four) is a bit further away in the Eskdale and Duddon Valley, as is Eelbeck Cottage (sleeps seven) by Eskdale Campsite. Eskdale is in a low-lying valley by the Esk River, a few minutes' walk from local village pubs.

Exploring the area...

A group of fell walkers on a summer hike at Wasdale Head, Cumbria
Place
Place

Wasdale 

Towering mountains and the deepest lake in England

near Seascale, Cumbria

Fully open today
View of Scafell Pike from Hollow Stones in Wasdale, Cumbria
Activity
Activity

Climbing Scafell Pike - Planning and preparation 

We want your adventure on Scafell Pike to be remembered for all the right reasons. Here you will find some advice about preparing and planning your trip.

Winterlight over Loweswater with mountains in the background in Buttermere Valley, Lake District
Area
Area

Lake District 

Discover the fascinating history and dramatic landscapes of the Lake District – where Beatrix Potter made her home – on foot, by bike or by boat.

A person walking along the South West Coast Path at East Soar, South Devon

Walking 

Explore some of the finest landscapes in our care on coastal paths, accessible trails, woodland walks and everything in between. Find the best places to walk near you.