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The English Lake District is a paradise, a mecca, for outdoor pursuits enthusiasts of all persuasions. For many of them, camping and/or caravanning are part of the experience. Nothing quite compares with waking early in the morning to watch the dawn over a lake, listen to the dawn chorus and feel the dew underfoot. After emerging from your tent or caravan, in the Lake District you will see immediately before you a beautiful lake, mountain peaks, a stunning panorama or perhaps all three.

On the other hand, while the energetic are up and away early to the next mountain or camp site, others can enjoy a cosy 'lie in' to ten o'clock or later, which is not encouraged in bed and breakfast establishments that have breakfast and cleaning schedules.

There are over thirty differing camping and caravanning sites in the Lake District. They vary by location and facilities but also by the people they are designed to serve. Some sites will admit tents and touring caravans and also have statics or lodges to rent. They will have extra luxury facilities like play areas and cafes or restaurants. These sites are chiefly intended for couples and families.
Sites that just take tents are mainly aimed at those backpackers who carry a small, usually dome, tent around with them. Do check carefully first that a site fits your requirements.

Apart from whether a site is near your chosen village or lake, check the distance to the nearest source of food and drink (shop, cafe, pub, restaurant), the nearest bank, bus stop and launderette. Can you park next to your tent or caravan or must you park in a car park? Do you need to book a pitch? Are they open all year? Pets may or may not be welcome. What extras: a free pickup from bus stop or railway station, mountain bike hire, games room, TV lounge, shop or takeaway? Has the site won any awards?

One of the National Trust's three Lakeland campsites is an ideal base for fell walking and rock climbing. The Great Langdale Campsite is set at the head of the Great Langdale Valley and 'guarded by the dominating Langdale Pikes'. See

There are three Lakeland inns within walking distance: the Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel (Hiker's Bar), Sticklebarn Tavern and New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel all less than a kilometre. The villages of Ambleside, Hawkshead and Grasmere are a short drive away.

An unusual option is the two fully equipped yurts available for hire. The yurts are traditional large circular dwellings from central Asia. They have wooden floors, comfortable futons, log burning stoves and fully equipped kitchen facilities. Decorated in a Moroccan style with rugs, lanterns, cushions and throws, each yurt sleeps up to six people.

The award winning Park Cliffe Caravan and Camping Estate near Bowness on Windermere was named Cumbrian Tourism's Holiday Park of the Year 2008. Set in 10 nicely landscaped and wooded hectares, it has 'breathtaking' views over fell and lake.
It accommodates tents, touring caravans, campers and trailer tents and hires some holiday homes. The site facilities are up to date and include a shop, restaurant, takeaway, adventure playground, games room and launderette. However the site does not accept groups: couples and families only. There are local low level walks and many attractions and activities within a short drive. The local pub the Masons Arms is 5km away.

One of the Camping and Caravanning Club Sites is located at Hutton Moor End, Troutbeck near Keswick (off the A66 Keswick to Penrith road). It has touring and camping pitches and holiday caravan lets in a peaceful setting with fine views. The amenities are described as 'luxurious' and non-members are welcome.

Park Foot Caravan and Camping Park on the shores of beautiful Lake Ullswater


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