Keswick

Camping and Caravanning Club Site
from £8.60 to £14.45 Per person/night
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Overview

  • Campsites with good pubs nearby

    Top site for pubs

  • Campsites nearby to locations suitable for watersports

    Top site for watersports

  • A popular site for couples

    Great site for couples

  • Top campsites for campers with dogs.

    Top site for dogs

  • A great site for cycling

    Top site for cycling

If you’re planning to explore the northern Lakes, our Keswick Club campsite on the shores of Derwentwater is hard to beat as a base for your explorations. 

The site boasts a prime location in the north of the Lake District with stunning views extending over the lake to the hills beyond. Keswick is an organised campsite with good facilities – showers, toilets, washing up area, a laundry and a new backpacker room, particularly useful for those arriving on foot or by bike. Keswick town is within walking distance and ticks all the boxes for provisions, outdoor gear, eating and drinking.

Whether you’re a stroller, a rambler, a high-level walker or prefer to see the sights on two wheels, you can take your pick from numerous lake- and hillside tracks and trails easily accessible from Keswick campsite. Skiddaw is also easily reached from site. And, with Derwentwater so close at hand there’s no shortage of water-based activities to dip into. This stretch of water is popular for canoeing and kayaking. For a small fee you can launch directly from the Sites shoreline. 

Fishing can be enjoyed on the lake too. Try the eastern shore or hire a boat from one of the marinas and head to the centre of the lake to catch pike, bream and trout.  

For a less energetic way to enjoy the water and the views board one of the motor launches which operate around the lake and offer several drop off points.

At the southern end of Derwentwater is the beautiful valley of Borrowdale where you’ll find the Neolithic Castlerigg Stone Circle and the medieval and much photographed pack horse bridge at Ashness.

Worth Noting

Due to the possibility of Site flooding all units must have a tow vehicle on site overnight. There may be restrictions on pitch availability and use of awnings. If you have more than one car or are visiting the site you may be asked to park off-site.

WiFi

100% coverage cannot be guaranteed due to rural location, weather conditions and changing flora. These can cause variable signal strength. Hotspots are available.

Eat Local

There is a farmers' market in Keswick on Thursdays and Saturdays.

Facilities

Keswick has the following facilities on or around the site.

  • Members' and non-members' caravans welcome

    Members' and non-members' caravans welcome

  • Members' and non-members' trailer tents welcome

    Members' and non-members' trailer tents welcome

  • Hardstanding with electric hook-up

  • Grass only pitch (no electric)

  • Showers

  • Electric shaver sockets

  • Parent and baby room

  • Drinking water taps

  • Dishwashing facilities

  • Childrens play area

  • Gas cylinders

  • Pets welcome

  • Club Site Wi-fi

  • Battery charging facilities

  • Members' and non-members' motorhomes welcome

    Members' and non-members' motorhomes welcome

  • Members' and non-members' tents welcome

    Members' and non-members' tents welcome

  • Grass pitch with electric hook-up

  • Flushing toilet

  • Washbasins

  • Dedicated accessible facilities

  • Chemical toilet disposal point

  • Washing Machines

  • Ice pack freezing

  • Boating

  • Payphone

  • Electric hook-up

  • Grass only pitch for larger tents

  • Grass pitch with electric hook-up for larger tents

Reviews

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5

Myself and my 12 year old son camped here in the middle of the school holidays and it was full...

This review is for Keswick

Myself and my 12 year old son camped here in the middle of the school holidays and it was full to the brim. However that did not spoil a thing - toilet/shower blocks were always clean and available. Plus we still had plenty of room around the tent. The site is prone to flooding and when we arrived it had rained for 24 hours non-stop. Lots of waterlogged pitches!! However the staff were all so helpful and cheerful. I was shown a couple of pitches and choose a sheltered one near some trees. Yes it was muddy but there were soooooo many positives to the site. Firstly the views of Derwentwater are amazing and the site is literally next to the lake. Another big plus is that the site is about a two minute walk into the beautiful town of Keswick which has done a fantastic job of recovering from the floods at winter. A favourite haunt of ours was Fitz Park which was about a 10 minute walk from the site. There was a multi use football/sports pitch there where he made plenty of friends (the site does not allow ball games). There is also a café, children's play area, large grass area, cricket pitch, and Keswick museum which had a very interesting Wainwright exhibition. We were looking forward to visiting the Pencil museum but unfortunately it had yet to recover from the flood damage. We also visited Hope Park a couple of times - enjoyed the crazy golf there. The Keswick Launch was also a pleasant trip around the lake. Away from Keswick/site we ventured out to the Lakeland motor museum (1.5 hour drive) which has an exhibition on the Bluebird, Hill Top (1.5 hour drive) - Beatrix Potter's home, Grasmere - yummy gingerbread. Definitely would love to go back and visit more and do some walking. There is so much to do and with Keswick being within walking distance is a bonus.

  • Location: Town,Country,Lake
  • Suitable For: Families,Older couples,Groups,Active break,Peaceful break,Younger couples
  • Friendliness: 5
  • Cleanliness: 5
  • Facilities: 5
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4

I am a new member and this was my very first experience of camping on a Camping & Caravan club...

This review is for Keswick

I am a new member and this was my very first experience of camping on a Camping & Caravan club site having camped on other sites for many years including those near Keswick. I was disappointed that the area we were put to pitch was waterlogged to the degree that vehicles could not drive on the grass with many being bogged down and big furrows in the grass. Considering that this has been a known issue for a long time I thought the level in this area could have been raised and drained then re-grassed. In view of the extra cost of staying on this site this in my view was an unacceptable standard for what I always perceived as an elite organisation. Another issue with the area we were pitched at was the distance from the toilet and washing facilities, which was a big issue during the night if you needed to go to the toilet. I think as a minimum there should be a chemical toilet at that end of the site to address this issue. I think I would have been happy if I was pitched on a part of the site that was not waterlogged and was not so for away from a toilet for during the night, however since this cannot be guaranteed I doubt I will book a stay at this site again. One other issue is pedestrian access as there is no path to and from the site which means to access Keswick you have to walk on the road. This is not safe especially with young children with you and the road is normally busy and more so during check in times.

  • Location: Town,Country,Lake
  • Suitable For: Families,Older couples,Active break,Younger couples
  • Friendliness: 5
  • Cleanliness: 5
  • Facilities: 2
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4.7

Great location for a family holiday to the lakes.

This review is for Keswick

Great location for a family holiday to the lakes. Just a 5 min walk to Keswick town centre which has everything you need for an enjoyable week in the lakes. After parking up on the site we never had to use the car again. The lake is brilliant for kayaking/canoeing and for just over 10 quid you can launch all week from the little beach on the site. The staff were friendly and amenities second to none with lots of available showers sinks and toilets. The site is very secure with coded gate access and staff always present so we felt safe and leaving the Kayak out next the tent all week was no problem. I would definitely stay again, however, the grass pitches for larger tents 7x4m are absolutely atrocious and even though we had scorching hot weather the ground was still like a mud pit. It was awful having to trudge in the mud just to make a brew. When it rained on our last two days we were literally swimming in a bog. There is no drainage and the site should definately get some hard standing pitches down there because you are put in an exact pitch location anyway. It also needs a tarmac drive/path down there like the rest of the site to truly make all of the site 5 star. Next time I'll try book a hard standing pitch with electric hook up which didn't suffer from the drainage problems.

  • Location: Town,Lake
  • Suitable For: Families,Active break,Peaceful break
  • Friendliness: 5
  • Cleanliness: 5
  • Facilities: 4
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4.3

Loved the site. So close to Keswick centre but on the Lake shore.

This review is for Keswick

Loved the site. So close to Keswick centre but on the Lake shore. Able to swim in the Lake from the campsite although have to walk out a long before it's deep enough to swim. Facilities were all clean and fine. Only downside was irresponsible dog owners who didn't clean up after their dogs. Which was why I only gave cleanliness 3 stars. On one day I counted more than 15 piles around the children's play area. Maybe putting dog litter bins around or selling poo bags at the campsite would help. Also one women and her grown daughter throwing stones and hitting the swans and cygnets and letting her dogs loose and barking madly at them. Then threatening my wife and 8 year old daughter when they objected. Not the campsites fault but at the evening time there was no one available to complain to. Apart from that the campsite was lovely.

  • Towing: Easy
  • Location: Town,Lake
  • Suitable For: Families,Older couples,Active break,Younger couples
  • Friendliness: 5
  • Cleanliness: 3
  • Facilities: 5

Travel

Local Travel

Nearest bus stop: 0.50 mile from Site entrance

Nearest train station: Penrith – 17 miles

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