Eskdale Campsite NT

Eskdale Campsite

About Eskdale Campsite

Belonging to the National Trust this provides 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 footbridge 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 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).



At-a-glance details

  • Type of accommodation Tents Motorhome Campervan Pods
  • No of places/pitches 110
  • Seasons 6 March 2020 – 1 January 2021
  • Minimum stay 2 night(s)
  • Dogs welcome per pitch 2
  • Star/Pennant rating 1


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

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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