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"A beautiful location, Keswick campsite is great for active campers."
Our campsite on the shore of Derwentwater is the most popular in our network for good reasons. The views across the lake are glorious and the site makes a perfect base for a walking, cycling or more relaxing holiday in the heart of Cumbria and the Lake District National Park. You may even spot a red squirrel or otter on site.
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I have just returned from an
eight-day holiday with my family on the wonderful
Site at Keswick and feel I must express
- Frank & Yvonne Parkinson
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Carol Wylie, Keith Wylie
The site is in a wonderful setting with views of Derwentwater and surrounding fells. It is only a few minutes walk from the town, Booths supermarket and the bus stops.
It is very easy to use the local buses to get around the area.
The site wardens were extremely helpful and friendly.
Parts of the site did flood while we were there but the new hardstandings held up well.
The showers and toilets are very clean but dated and in urgent need of upgrading.....I did object to the 20p fee for the hairdryer.
The pitches are narrow with just enough room for a caravan and awning which means cars have to be parked infront of the caravan....quite a tight squeeze and it means your view is blocked.
We were there in April but I think in high season the site would feel very cramped.
DATE STAYED: April 2013
MEMBER FOUND TOWING: Easy
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples,Groups,Active break,Peaceful break,Younger couples
My wife and I came to Keswick site with our touring caravan on Sunday April 21 for a previously booked weekâ€™s stay, arriving about 15.30. We checked in and were assigned to a pitch on the field.
When we got to it, my wife, who has been suffering from depression, felt that she would be unhappy and concerned there, as it was, for example, a long way from the toilet block, and had a restricted view of the surroundings. In fact she was actually in tears.
When we asked if it was possible to move to a different pitch, the staff on duty were very understanding, enormously helpful and sympathetic, and found us a pitch which was much better. In our opinion they could not have been better or done more â€“ we have never, in over forty years of caravanning, experienced a more friendly and helpful service. Added to which, the facilities on site were of a very high standard, and beautifully clean. We would not hesitate to recommend the site to friends.
Professor Robert and Mrs Jean Loynes, Sheffield.
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples,Peaceful break
Stayed over the Easter weekend and cannot fault the site and I am very fussy!
Very friendly and helpful staff, clean facilites and improvements and investment in the site. Looking forward to going back in May for the Keswick Mountain Festival.
Lovely site easy to find and right beside Derwent Water the views are spectacular.
Both toilet blocks are situated just inside the campite so we had a bit of a trek up to the shower and washup but that aside it is a fantastic site so well situated for the town and loads of walks in the area and lake cruises. It does tend to attract the massive motor home brigade so we felt a little like the poor kids on the block minus a satelite dish! It looked like NASA at times!! But I loved it very wellcoming staff the Ladies behind the desk are so nice and very helpful. A map of the site would be good chaps! All in all splendid!!
SUITABLE FOR: Older couples,Peaceful break
Fantastic site in absolutely amazing position with most beautifull views especially from the main field but this field can be very windy. The access road has recently been resurfaced which is great and extra pitches have been added which has taken away some of the "openess " of the site and as the pitches are quite small it can now feel a little " crowded " , the staff are very friendly and efficient but despite the extra pitches the ancient facilities have not been updated at all and these are not at all adequate for a site of this size they desperately are in need of modernisation, this is the only downside of this lovely site.
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples,Active break,Peaceful break,Younger couples
This site has a lot going for it with it's good location right on the lake shore and close to the town centre, the staff are friendly and helpful, and the club is investing a lot of money in upgrading the roadways and putting in new hardstandings and during our visit were in the process of installing a Motorhome service point, what lets the site down are the facilities blocks which although kept clean are very dated and tired looking and in need of total refurbishment, with it's location and size Keswick could be considered a flagship site for the club and the current condition of the lower block let's it down quite badly.
DATE STAYED: March 2013
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples,Active break,Younger couples
It was our first visit to this site.We were pleased with all the facilitys and the friendly people. Its ideal that you could walk into Keswick. The were plenty of places to take the dog and to walk.Plus there were nice places to eat. We will be going back.
We arrived to a very warm and friendly welcome by the staff, who booked us in and showed us to our pitch very quickly with no fuss. They helped us position the van as well as give us information about the site and local area. Our stay was during a very cold easter half term and we were very pleased to find the showers, hot, clean and warmed by fan heaters that ran constantly, even in the early hours of the morning, which was a blessing when you have small children. Access on site is really easy as the road has been widened, re-laid and there is a one way system that keeps everything running smoothly. Its a couple of minutes walk into keswick where you have access to sandwich shops, cafes, pubs, restaurants, supermarkets, outdoor shops and a market on Thursdays and Saturdays, selling local produce at reasonable prices. We were able to do some lovely walks straight from the site as well as being able to catch the bus, which goes from Booths supermarket,( literally at the end of the campsite lane), into Borrowdale for more fantastic walks and picnics. We enjoyed our holiday because we didn't have to fret about all the little things that this site provides so well, we would stay here again in a heart beat. Finally i just need to say again how helpfull the staff were, even down to them patrolling the site to make sure everyone is safe. As reletive newbys to campervanning there advice was welcome, helpful, but not intrusive, great job :-)
It is a very nice site, the site alone is clean tidy and very welcoming, it's nice to walk around, the facility's how ever I think could be a lil bigger, prob a few more showers/toilets, the part of the site where we stayed could do with a play park on it for lil kids/older kids, gives them something to do,
SUITABLE FOR: Older couples,Groups,Active break,Younger couples
Another fantastic 5 nights at the Keswick site. Site was spotless as usual and the staff and facilities are excellent.
The view of the lake and the beautiful surroundings are the best you could ask for.
The site is 300 yards from Keswick town centre which offers all you need for a first class holiday.
We have booked for the new year already and look forward to another lovely break at this site. A credit to the staff and the club.
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples,Active break,Peaceful break
Taken to my pitch by Keith the site manager who was very friendly, as was Lynne and the other staff. Facilities exceptionally clean and warm in both blocks, also the new road into the site and the exit barrier system have made a big improvement to the site. I will definitely be back again.
SUITABLE FOR: Groups,Active break
We have stayed on this site quite a few times in the past. We have had long weekends in our motorhome and a one night stay in our tent after a days riding on our Trike. We received the same friendly welcome on all occasions. The site is set in perfect surroundings and couldn't be any nearer to the multitude of eateries, shops, walks and tourist attractions. It is suitable for all ages and abilities. We always look forward to staying here. Many thanks to all the staff who are always ready to help and keep the site in tip-top condition.
Easter weekend. We were fit in last minute due to cancellations. Booking over the phone quick and easy. On arrival, a gentleman met us and asked what sort of site we wanted. He took us down to one end of site and we decided to move to other end where a bit more quiet. Really wish i had got his name...he was absolutely fantastic... Geordie guy... As is my partner so they had a few jokes. He was so helpful and outgoing... What a great way to start our weekend. Both shower blocks open, never had to wait for toilet, shower or washing up. Very busy, but still peaceful. We have stayed at this site lots of times...we are members but dont have number on me. yes, they have added 60 more sites making a bit more cramped but what campsite isnt? Staff at this location are an absolute highlight...facilities fantastic! Highly recommend, but book early!,,
This is a fantastic campsite. Staff are always happy and accomodating. Always get a super pitch with my tent right on the lake side. Recently improvements to the road and access are super and queues on the road have eased.So close to the town but also peaceful.Lots of lovely walks near by.
I have just returned from this site. The staff are very friendly, helpful and informative. Everything is within walking distance like Booths supermarket, town centre, bus services for further afield trips, the lake and launch plus excellent walking routes from the site. Unfortunately the new motorhome service point is not quite up and running yet but water for motorhomes to fill up is available on a former wardens pitch. Some of the pitches are small making it a bit difficult for larger units to manouver on to.
First visit to this site and wow what a site. Located on the shores of Derwent Water and surrounded by snow covered mountains; it doesn't get much better than this. You could be in Switzerland until you look at how much you are paying a night.....it's peanuts for what you get. Some improvement work is going on but is hardly noticeable and causes no inconvenience. The site is a 5 minute walk from the centre of Keswick with a supermarket even closer. The area is a paradise for walkers and cyclists and we shall certainly be returning. And last but not least, the staff: A great team, who were friendly, helpful, informative and went out of their way to make our stay a most memorable one. Many thanks.....
Wonderful location but the new upgrades are trying...very trying! The facilities remain incredibly dated but the barriers work,! ditto the new access road!!! Love the views which remain,as always, the best thing about the site.
SUITABLE FOR: Older couples,Active break
Excellent staff, very friendly and helpful!!!
Would recommend to everyone, last year poor.
DATE STAYED: February 2013
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples,Groups
Before I complete the review, please note the staff are excellent.
We been a caravaning for many years and have recently changed to a motorhome. We knew from previous reviews that the site was run down, but hoped for some semblance of modern facilities. The site was so full that they were using the extra newly laid pitches, 90% motorhomes, one toilet block closed, the other (clean, but old). The motorhome facilities were practically none existant. The comments of other members about the club only looking to make money appears to be confirmed by the fact that they are adding as fast as possible more pitches without doing anything to improve the facilities. Not a happy new member, especially as the blurb states that we should get our membership fees back as the sites are cheaper if you are a member. (this is not the case at Keswick, everyone payse the same). Lovely location, great team there, pity about the management.
What a lovely welcome from the assistants and managers,they are friendly and knowledgable and take a pride in their site. The site from what I have been told has had a lot of work done to bring it more upto date with more hardstanding pitches and also heating in the lower shower block, as I write there is a new motorhome point being worked on and should be open any day soon. The town is a few minutes walk away where you can buy everything you could possibly need.
The only down point for me was the disable shower rooms heater is not powerful enough so could do with a replacement. That said I would come back to this site whenever I am able.
Arrived to a warm welcome and we were promptly shown to our pitch which suited us 100%.Site had been subjected to flooding in February and also the addition of more hard standings consequently the grass was in poor condition and the roads were a bit muddy, but I am sure that thing's will have recovered very soon.
The loos etc are quite old but the management keep them in immaculate condition, plenty of hot water and good pressure.
New barriers just installed and a one way system operates around the Site, but this is not very apparent to new visitors. Views are to die for, , keswick is a 5 minute walk away. Plenty of good eating places, worthy of recommendation is the Oddfellows arms in town centre, a basic pub, well used and a little scruffy, but a good selection of well cooked meals at very reasonable prices.
New management is doing a good job of bringing the site up to their standards, and keswick joins my list of preferred sites.
The wardens could not have been more friendly and helpful. The site was maintained to an excellent standard considering work in progress. Fantastic access to walks, pubs, shops, and buses. An all round good site, well worth a visit. The views from the site are second to none. Thank you for a wonderful break.
Fabulous site just outside Keswick. Staff couldn't have been more helpful and although there was still minor work being done to the site, it was still a fabulous setting. Will certainly be returning!
this has to be my favorate site, i have stayed here many times and will stay many more, the staff are friendly and helpfull & the views over the lake are breathtaking, the 2 toilet blocks might be old but they are spotless clean and 1 of the warmest ive used, only 10 mins walk into keswick center. 5* site.
DATE STAYED: March 2012
I have used this site on many occasions, always in early May, and, even in very wet weather, have thoroughly enjoyed my stays. The staff are always friendly and very helpful and the site is ideally placed for any activity involving "the Lakes"
DATE STAYED: May 2012
Stunning scenery. The staff were friendly and welcoming so our arrival couldn't have gone smoother. We nabbed the final site for the night, and many were turned away after we arrived. I was a bit disappointed by the distance I needed to walk to go to the bathrooms or to shower, especially as one of the bathroom blocks is closed at this time of year (couldn't understand why considering the park was still being booked out everyday). Facilities were decent enough, but the shower heads were way too short and I burned my shoulder on the hot water pipe while bending to try to get my head under it (I'm tall, but not that tall!). Staff were lovely but the facilities are probably due for an upgrade.
DATE STAYED: October 2012
So in short, our boots and feet stayed damp and rancid for the whole 48 hrs we were on site. Also, the dish washing sinks are outside right next to the bins and under a dirty cob-webbed shelter. And i quote the sign reading, 'Washing up must be done in the sinks outside for hygiene reasons'. I fail to understand how washing up outside next to all that dirt is hygienic. With so many rule signs dotted around the place, we missed the one that stated the facilities were closed between 11:00-12:00 for cleaning. When found still getting changed in there at 11:15, we were asked to leave, and my friend had to stand out in the rain and get changed on the tarmac! The check out time is 12:00, so closing the faciliteis between 11:00 and 12:00 is utter madness! Or could it be so the staff can then be free to greet the next fleet of money turning caravans? (who have their own wash facilities on-board).
Oh and although signs existed stating that all dogs must be kept on leads, we were woken up at 6:00am by a flock of geese scattering round our tent due to being chassed by a wardens loose dog. In short, the site is in a beautiful location, but managment seem to totally depend on this to provide revenue. Insane as it may seem given the nature of the area, this site is not suited in any way, shape or form for walkers or backpackers. In desperate need of strategy re-think by the money focused management, and new and additional facilities.
The Keswick Camping & Caravanning club should remove the word 'camping' from the title, as it seem's the only punters that are valued in the slightest are the ones who pay the most to sit (and wash) in their oversized caravans and winnebago's (Although ALL facilities are poor). We arrived at the site with view to having a bit of restbite from our 4 days spent hiking, and from a painfull knee injury i aquired while climbing. As expected, we had been open to the elements and were looking forward to drying our footwear and clothing. However, having found a small dry mound of grass to pitch our tent between a small patch of trees, and attaching a guy rope to the tree in order to hang up our boots and socks ect, we were promptly told to remove it, as they are strictly banned on CCC sites. I questioned this as there were no other campers present in the area, and it was clearly not going to cause a problem to anything or anyone. I was then told, and i quote, " you can't tie string to trees and you couldn't have put it in a worse place". After this baffling comment we proceeded to the tumble dryers, only to be met with big signs reading 'No footwear to be put in the dryers'. Our only option to combat our near gangrenous feet was to hang our boots inside the well vented tent and dry them using the gas stove. The small BBQ we purchased and placed on rocks at the entrance to our tent in order to give our feet and boots some warmth was ordered to be extinguished, as the fire lighter (labelled smokeless safety log) was classed as an open fire. Continued below...........
Been visiting this site since 1969 and the only difference in facilities is deterioration. HSM,s appear overworked, unfriendly and unhappy. This site relies on it,s location and charge,s top prices for 3rd rate facilities. Even the water point is designed to give you a hernia trying to lift a full barrel of the raised plinth why a raised plinth !
DATE STAYED: September 2012
SUITABLE FOR: Older couples,Active break,Younger couples
We have been visiting this site for upwards of 15 years, primarily because of its position regarding views, accessibility to town and hill walking, and convenience. Over recent years the facilities on the site have deteriorated alarmingly and we have been of the understanding that the toilet blocks have been going to be upgraded for several years now. There are numerous incidents I could mention in these blocks such as 'out of use' and peeling and damaged paintwork and taps not working, but the condition of the showers which are badly stained and discoloured discourages use. The use of a mop afterwards cannot help. The approach road also is so pitted with pot holes that is is both messy and dangerous to walk to the camp site and driving whilst towing a unit can be very difficult as the holes are usually full of water and cannot be seen. The staff work hard to keep up appearances but have absolutely no chance of making this site acceptable. It would also be useful to have an outside shower beside the lake to discourage the use of the shower block to clean wet suits after lake use.
Due to the beautiful setting and convenient positioning of the Keswick site this should be the jewel in the CCC crown and the amount of use the site gets certainly brings in the cash. When will it be acknowledged by the CCC and treated in the way that is its due? With all these problems I, like many others, will continue to use this site because of the aforementioned positive reasons and I have no doubt that this is what the CCC is counting on. When will improvements be forthcoming?
MEMBER FOUND TOWING: Moderate
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples,Active break
having visited a lot of clubsites over the years and baring in mind the location of this site on what should be the clubs gold standard iwas sadly disappointed with the site overall.
1 stunning location on the lake
2 close to town
3 poor access road
4 we all know about the rain in the area and considering it wont be getting any better then why are all the pitches hard stand only
5 i arrived to find the site well under water and although a message that i did not receive 1600 the previous day was made no attempt was made to find a suitable hardstand.
6 my advice is stay away unless there has been adrought.
7 2 toilet blocks are not nearly enough for the size of the site one of which is sadly needing condemed.
so come on keswick. give a stunning area a site to be proud of and make me come back.
MEMBER FOUND TOWING: Difficult
SUITABLE FOR: Older couples
This site has seemingly changed Warden since my last visit. I witnessed a total of 3 dogs owned by the wardens 'escape' ie off lead!. As a responsible owner my dog was on lead but an incident is clearly waiting to happen as 2 of these dogs approached other owners and their dogs. I now do not feel dog safe on this site!.
Other owners were also not keeping their pets on leads. Should the Wardens not lead by example or don't the rules apply to them?.
Shower facilities need much updating!.
A fantastic site location but management of it seems to be slipping and will eventually spoil it!. What a shame 'cos it really is a little piece of heaven!.
DATE STAYED: August 2012
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples,Groups,Active break,Younger couples
Disabled members should be warned that the so-called disabled facility is open to all and sundry. . Thus genuine disabled can find they are unable to use the room having travelled some distance to do so in this large lovely site..
We realise that the staff are hard working and might find the issue and recovery of keys onerous.
Why not place a lock on the door that can only be opened with a Radar key ? Problem solved !
DATE STAYED: July 2012
Just back from a 3day break at Keswick. The wardens were great and had a very difficult job due to the poor weather. This is the first time I've been back at this site for 5years and cannot believe the lack of investment at his site. The access road is full of pot holes. The drainage is non exisitant on the grass areas and the quality of the hard standings at the rear of the site is really poor.[weeds growing through thr gravel] This site is a license to print money, it must be one of the busiest sites in the UK . With this in mind the Caravan and Camping club should be embarrassed by the conditions here and the sheer lack of investment. They do not deserve the support of the membership
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Active break
We stayed at the oval site Keswick , lovely location , But unfortunately spoilt with the over enthusiasm of the wardens , lovely morning sat outside of van 10 o clock an he started a petrol blower machine to blow away a bit of pollen on the Tarmac and gave us a headache . It didn't need doing . Witnessed a argument with another camper which got quite heated . But finally he stoped ., He could of used a brush the man said . But that would of been hard work,
Excellent for motorhomes as you do not require a car, the supermarket (Booths) is just down the road, as is the centre of Keswick and you are literally right on the lake therefore making it ideal for those requiring lake launching facilities.
I would agree with previous reviews that the facilities need updating, there are no facilities for washing young children (ie large sink or toddler bath) which was essential, given the wet/muddy campsite, the play park looked more like a buffalo watering hole!
We paid for hardstanding and had our very own pond in our awning, the hardstanding pitches, had clearly sunk.
Our greatest disappointment with the site was the lack of reassurance from the wardens that the campsite would not be flooded, which was on "flood watch" for the whole time we were there, meaning you had to stay within a four mile radius in case you had to move your unit and leaving you going to sleep at night not knowing if you were going to get a knock on the door telling you to get off site within an hour with no where to go!
I understand that the weather is not within the control of the wardens, as the flood risk was dependent upon the two rivers that surround the site and not the lake, as once they broke their banks that was it! The uncertainty over the flood risk made what was supposed to be a relaxing, get away from it all break tense and worrying. The weather you expect, the flood risk...no! See YouTube videos of Keswick CCC site flooding for details. Had we been warned when booking or even informed before setting out from home, we would have gone elsewhere and will do in future.
SUITABLE FOR: Active break,Younger couples
We have just returned from Keswick, we had last been 2 years ago. We found the welcome friendly and the man that showed us to our pitch was helpful. The actual site was as lovely as ever. However, the state of the toilets and showers has put us off coming again. I have actually taken photos but have been unable to post them with this review. Only having been to the Hayfield site the week before and their modern and clean facilities, we were shocked to see the dilapidated, crumbling and basically 3rd world toilet/shower facilities at Keswick. A half hearted attempt has been made at some stage to replace some of the toilet bowels and cisterns, but the walls, floors and ceilings are disgusting, stained, damp, crumbly and full of insects and bugs. One of the assistants (Gerald) told us that the Council actually own the land and that 75p of every Â£1 income goes to the Council and that is why the toilets are in the state they are. Surely the Club gets enough revenue from this site (supposedly one of the busiest) to renovate the toilet blocks. Each person we spoke to said they would not be coming again to Keswick until it had been modernised. We are also not going to be returning to Keswick until then. The Club can surely afford over winter to do something to bring those 2 blocks, especially the older one, into the 21st century.
Fantastic views and lake but Mother Nature produced this, not CCC. Those facilities within their control are tired, dirty and in need of some maintenance. We arrived in the rain and were greeted with 'pick a puddle' and were led to an utter quagmire. Grass pitch area undulated resulting in huge puddles. Similarly, hard stands have clearly settled and in consequence caravan awnings were flooded, some to a depth of 4". Potholes in the approach road are unacceptable and hidden under water. We accept it rains the The Lakes. However, simple works to raise the hard stands and fill the dips in the grass pitches is surely not too much to ask - it is an expensive site after all. We cut our holiday short and asked for a refund of the difference and were told it was our choice to do so, so no. All I can say is that the long term lack of maintenance of the pitches and the filth we had to endure strongly influenced our (and others) decision. Mud when camping is to be expected - but this abused that privilege. C'mon CCC invest and repair - you might justify the high fees! Strongly recommend for the scenery only.
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Groups,Active break,Younger couples
Come on CCC, the shower blocks on this site are way past their sell by date, get your act together and do something about them! They are dirty, mouldy, fittings are hanging off the walls/ceilings (exposing bare wires in one case I noticed above a shower), they are a haven for insects, none of the extractor fans appear to work, in fact they are so encrusted in dirt and dust that they probably won't work anymore. We love this site/location and have been several times but probably won't visit again until substantial improvements have been made to the facilities. The CCC is spending money this winter on more hardstandings and ehu's but no mention of any cash being spent where it's really needed.
A very hot day when we arrived,the queue to book in was long,this was dealt with quickly and staff although under pressure remained friendly and helpful.Its a beautiful spot and although the site was pretty full no one was too close and you had your own bit of space.The site is clean and although I agree the showers could do with a revamp,the water is hot and no daft buttons to press every 2 minutes.Noticed that some have complained that there's not enough toilets and showers,but we didnt have to queue once.We had friends come meet us for the day and we will all be back another time,great spot for just sitting and lake watching,shops,walks,ferries and mountains.. Loved it, Thank you all
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples
The location of this site is fantastic. Right on the Lake and a 5 minute walk into Keswick.
But Oh Dear - I think that the time has come to do some serious upgrading. I must echo some of the other reviewers and say that the shower and toilet blocks are no longer acceptable. This is one of the Clubs more expensive sites and I`m sure we all go because of the location, but it is not really fair to ask people to use dirty ,mouldy and smelly facilities.
The other comment I wish to make is that one of the Warden`s dog was shut up in the awning all day long and continually howled ( we were on a pitch just opposite). Apart from being cruel to the dog, it was very hot, I`m sure that if it was my dog howling all day then something would have been said.
After saying all these negative things I`m sure we will continue visiting because it is so beautiful there and we had a fantastic week.
I have just come back from a lovely first stay for five days at this site with my husband and two daughters 9 and 4. I would totally recommend for families, my children loved the park and splashing around in the lake with my husband and I. The wardens were very friendly and helpful on arrival and throughout our stay. Our grass electric pitch was wet and muddy but to be expected anywhere with the rain we have had.However I am sure we had the best five days of the year in the glorious sunshine, met some lovely friendly people, the children adored the site and cried when had to come home. We really cant wait to return again.
SUITABLE FOR: Families
I know this site has a had it's fair share of poor comments but here's our experience : Just returned from the most relaxing break in Keswick, staying at the CCC site, arrived to be greeted by Janet who was pleasant and most helpful in escorting us and everyone else to their pitches, the showers were clean and tidy, water always hot, the showers don't have those "press in buttons" which go off after about 30 seconds, lashings of hot water instead! refuse bins emptied on a daily basis, site kept clean and tidy, found all of the CCC staff friendly, pleasant and helpful, can't wait to return
Keswick Club Site is in a spectacular setting on the shores of Derwentwater, with stunning scenery. We've been coming here since 1998, but over the years the facilities have deteriorated to the point where the Club needs to invest some money here urgently. The cheerful site managers work tirelessly to keep the facilities clean and the toilets and sinks are immaculate. But in the showers, daily cleaning can't eradicate the mould, rusty fittings and broken tiles. The Club can fill this site every night of the season because of the location, provided free by Mother Nature. The showers that the campers pay for, (and at the Club's highest rate too) are no longer of an acceptable standard and the Club needs to invest money in refurbishment, urgently. It's simply not fair to the site managers (who have to use these facilities themselves every day) or to the paying campers, to fail to provide decent showers, just because the natural beauty brings in the customers anyway. The time has come to either refurbish or downgrade the Keswick site. Despite this, we will still come back, but it would be nice to see the Club bring the showers up to standard for everyone.
This is a really nice site in an excellant location and ideally situated to explore the Lake District, by whatever mode of transport you wish. The wardens are very friendly and are constantly working around the site to maintain it to a high standard. The washroom facilities on site are acceptable and the staff do a great job in keeping them clean. We will definately be returning to this site on a regular basis.
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples,Groups,Active break
This is a busy and popular site and takes a hammering from both nature ( surprise! the lake floods the campsite in the wettest corner of England, sometimes) and the number of campers who want to stay on a perfectly situated pitch with one of the best views from anywhere in the UK, 10 minutes walk from the centre of one of England's finest small towns is enormous. Having said that I cannot understand the reviews which speak of people staying on this site obsessing about dire facilities, I quite like stainless steel sinks which are fully functional if quaint, etc, etc. I think that it would be environmentally unwise simply to rip out perfectly good facilities to satisfy the Trip Advisor Crowd. If we do not like the deteriorating appearance of old things, many members and their outfits should not be allowed on site. If campers at Keswick get out more, they will have a fabulous few days on a super site. Especially get there from May to October when the Theatre by the Lake (10 mins walk) has its repertory season. The bus station with easy links into the very heart of the Lake District is 5 mins walk away. You really don't need a car to enjoy this site. Back pack in by bus or by foot, get one of the shore pitches with only the ducks for company and any other site in Britain will be an anti climax. Have I said enough? go there!
Very nice site, ideally situated for both Keswick town and lots of walking. Site itself is set in beautiful location but likely to flood after prolonged rain. The main downside is although the shower facilities were clean they are very old and dated and well overdue an upgrade.
We did not get to stay on the site as the staff were completely unhelpful and unwelcoming when I went to enquire about a pitch. Based on this I would not recommend to anyone.
DATE STAYED: June 2012
After being booked in by someone who managed to book us in and ignore us at the same time we were shown to the one pitch we had to choose from. Unfortunately it was next to the rugby field where a new car park was being laid. This meant noise from 7.45-5.30 each day and lots of dust. While I understand the club has no control over this it did spoil what should have been a relaxing break. The facilities are old and in dire need of refurbishment. However the superb position of this site means thst it remains very popular.
having camped at keswick for over 15 years this is the first time i have felt the need to make a complaint.
the road leading to the site is full of potholes,i found the showers to be dirty and mouldy without a simple holder for toiletries,most of the hot taps at the pot wash not working. this site is in a beautiful location only minutes from keswick town centre but i would not consider returning until the facilities are updated.
We are bemused by some of the reviews about this site.
We have stayed twice this year already, and on another occasion the site was full.
The facilities are dated, but perfectly serviceable, and the staff are friendly, but always seem busy keeping the site in good order. The ducks and geese were quite noisy, which is what ducks and geese are.
We will happily return, and would say to the complainers that if they can't live like campers, go to a hotel.
We have been coming to this site in Keswick for over 20 years and it has always been our favourite due to it's close proxiimity to the town centre. I can understand most of the negative comments that other people have left about the site. We have found some of the staff a bit unfriendly in the past but we have found most of they welcoming and friendly. We have not used the toilet facilities for probably more than 10 years preferring to use our own shower and toilet in the caravan. My wife describes the shower blocks as 'minky' and unpleasant. The blocks have not changed all the years we have visited this site. We used to try and get into the site next to the lane down past the rugby club as it had super pitches. However the club sold off the site and built lodges. I remember talking to a warden years ago who mentioned that the money from selling off the site would be used to develop walker park but this never seems to have happened. The Keswick site is difficult to book as it is popular with many members but it need more hard standing pitches especially with its propensity to waterlog and flood. The site is also expensive probably because it is so popular, but is the club just using the site as a 'cash cow' milking it for all it's worth without investing in modern toilet and shower facilities. perhaps the staffing level at the site needs to be improved to make the work of the busy wardens a bit more bearable and give them more time to help create the 'friendly'' club that the marketing people are always promoting.
first time here,lovely site beautiful scenery as you would exoect from the lake district,showers clean but could do with updating,water nice and hot and plentyful,nicedog walk takes you on to the lake side lots of ducks and geese about,a nice 3 day stay will return.
I have been visiting the Keswick site for several years now. After my visit this year I do feel that it is getting worse. Although the location of the site is excellent .. close to the Lake and the Town of Keswick ... ( that can't possibly get any worse ! ) . Most of the management and services appear to be going downhill. When I arrived I was given a pitch by a member of staff and then the manager of the site came round shortly afterwards and asked me to move. The 6 metre rule appears to be regarded as a maximium ( or exactly )rather than a minimum distance. While also being instructed that two parked cars need to be able to fit into the 6 metre gap between tents, which suprised me as I would want 6m of clear space between tents to prevent fire spreading ! The toilet and shower blocks are also very tired and a long walk if you are towards the back of the site. They do appear at times just to try and cram as many pitches in as possible, at the detriment to people who have booked and planned their Holiday many months in advance. I genuinely hope that the management of the site ( and Caravan Club Members ) read these reviews because I think this could definitely be one of the best sites in the country with a bit more customer care and investment. I have still recommended this site based on this ... but if I have a similar experience ( or worse ) on my next visit then I would not be returning until I see better reviews on the site.
why is only one block open dispite the site being full?i asked for a lake side pitch but was told these were only booked directly with the site,i was there for 7 nights and 3 remained empty the whole of my visit!when i asked why i was not able to move i was told bluntly,we carnt have people moving all over the place it is hard to track.not a friendly service from the friendly club.customer service training required.!great location tho.
DATE STAYED: April 2012
Great location, very secure and great staff. I can understand some of the reviews of the potential hostility of the staff, as my son found out to his annoyance, however I found them all to be very helpful and extremely friendly... Could be the case of if the face fits....!!
Again as per other reviews the sites facilities are in desperate need of refurbishment, but they are very clean on the plus side.
I can only echo some recent comments. We were absolutely appalled at the condition and cleanliness of facilities on site. Black mould, dust and rust in the shower cubicles is not what you expect on a CCC site. And you were lucky if every other hot tap worked in the loos and the washing up area. As for the friendly welcome, forget it, the check in process took 20 minutes plus and there was not a queue, just a warden who appeared not to be able to navigate the computer system. The rest of the time wardens ignore you, I assume for fear of complaint re the facilities, the do however spent a lot of time drinking cups of tea and coffee and having a cigarette outside the reception area. Oh and also beware, the first night we were subjected to one set of facilities being closed down as it seemed they had forgotten to arrange for the septic tank to be emptied but not to worry the tanker arrived at 10.30pm and finished emptying at 15 minutes past midnight!! The noise was so loud it made our 'van vibrate! Not so bad if we had been told to expect it or given a quick apology the day after, but alas nothing.
The location may be very convenient but could not recommend until facilities and wardens improve.
Stayed her for the first time over the May bank holiday weekend. We were very impressed with the location, short walk into Keswick. We were sited by the lake which was nice but seemd to be directly under the flight path of the Canada Geese as they honked there way over the tent at 4am!! Checking in was an interesting experience, long queues and a system where you are checked in, allowed through the barrier in your vehicle and then taken onto your pitch one at a time so that was tedious and slow. The site is idyllic, very quiet, but the shower blocks although good, (hot free showers and a 20p a time haridryer) do need some updating. Would defiantely stay again if I can muster the energy to wait to check in. All in all I would recommend this to families and couples alike. Soemthing for everyone adn an ideal location for Keswick but also the hills around.
We have been visiting the Keswick now for several years, as the location is fantastic. Loads to do,close to town for eating out, supermarket shops,leisure centre, etc. The sites park facilities are poor and were flooded for most of the time we were there. We had 9 nights and couldn't get a hard standing. We were flooded had a paddling pool inside our awning so big the ducks took resident! We asked if we could move but couldn't, even tho the site was half empty! I found the wardens were not the friendlest or accommodating. The facilities are shocking! The worst I have encountered on ccc sites! Dirty and well over due a refurb. If it wasn't for the great location, I would not return.
SUITABLE FOR: Active break
The site's location is perfect as it's only a short walk to the bustling centre of Keswick. On this basis I would recommend the site to anyone who puts location and convenience above all else.
However the toilet block facilities are poor, the individual cubicles are too small and the showers were frankly dirty. These need a thorough refurbishment to bring them up to modern standards, or better still knocking down and starting again.
Also the on site staff could do with some training on the new computer system, as other than the basic bookings this was a mystery to them. Also a few smiles wouldn't go amiss !
BEWARE - Booked this site online in January for 2 nights before the site opened for the season. Only 2 options available -grass or jumbo. No mention of hardstandings or electric hookups which I wanted and no definition of jumbo. When I checked in I was advised that hardstandings and hookups are only available if 3 or more nights are booked. There is no reference to this in the on-line info for the site.
Jumbo is just a bigger grass pitch with no facilities.
Strongly recommend you ring the site direct to book.
Probably the best campsite in the world, certainly the best claire in the lake District. Absolutely faultless.
We have been going to this site for the past 8 years. Lovely views and position on the edge of the lake. 5 mins walk to Keswick for beer and food. Be aware that the site can and does flood frequently. We were a bit disappointed to find out that no alterations have been made. It was mentioned in the magazine/internet/call centre that new hardstandings were being done and the road to the site was being improved, but nothing has been done. The toilets and showers could do with modernising but they are always clean.
Website booking not recommended as not all pitches have electric hook up - best to phone for bookings. Site was nice enough on arrival, though only one toilet block was open (4 showers in each block) which was a little limited as campsite was so busy. Site is an excellent base for adventuring the local area, plenty country walks.
Advisable to have an extra long electric cable (just in case, though site do hire them out). We did find it a little crowded near the end of our stay, camper vans seemed to be wedged in between tourers and a little too close for comfort. Over all, a decent enough site, just a little too crowded for us.
This was our first camping trip with the club and can honestly say it was excellent. We received a warm welcome, were given good advice about the local area, and were shown around the site.
We enjoyed beautiful scenery and walks along the lake shore. Our dogs thought they were is heaven.
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples,Peaceful break,Younger couples
We stayed here for the first time in July 2011, although have stayed at the now defunct Derwentwater site in the past several times.
Great location and an easy walk to shops, pubs and visitor atractions. The whole of the Lake District is easily accessible from this site.
The toilets are, as said, not the greatest, but are spotlessly clean.
We have a dog and Keswick allows dogs in most pubs, but not indoors when eating(understandable),and in plenty of shops.
If you get the weather then this has to be one of the best sites in the UK. If it rains for days on end, then lack of things to do locally on rainy days might be a problem (Dog Owners especially).
Overall 4 out of 5
DATE STAYED: July 2011
We love the area for the walking & closeness to the town and have been coming to this site for a number of years, but only for the reasons stated above, the actual site is not that good the site is usually boggy and in october half term when the site is full they close one of the two toilet blocks unbelievable also the facilities are in a poor state and as this is the flagship site it is not a good advert for modern day campsites, if this site was not in the position it is we would not return but full marks to the staff who are always friendly helpfull so come on with the huge amount of income generated fron this site lets have some decent facilities
DATE STAYED: January 2012
I have spent several weekends at keswick and I have to say that the staff are very friendly and helpful. I use the site as a base camp for my charity walks that I do for help for heroes. I will be there again in 2012
DATE STAYED: May 2011
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples,Groups,Active break,Peaceful break
We love Keswick as a town and area due to the walking available, and return every year. This site is very convenient and the wardens have always been extremely helpful and fiendly - can't fault them. Our only criticisms relate to the facilities and pitches. The facilities are very out-dated and are in much need of an upgrading - also there are not enough showers when the site is full even when both blocks are open. Also, due to the wetness of the site all caravan pitches should be hard-standing.
DATE STAYED: September 2011
Had a great holiday the site was as usual clean quiet and well mananged, however considering that the camping and caravaning club motto is the friendly site I found this far from friendly by the attitude of some site staff who when was bid a good morning on our last day chose to scowl back at my wife rather than knowledge a social greeting.On the suject of the last day there seemed to be some confusion, we received a knock at our caravan door at 9,15 to be informed that we should have left the site the previous day this was discovered by our scowling friend, however when we went to pay for our extra night but it was not poosible to do so, as there had been payment already made on the site commputer,there for the mistake had been made with the numbers nights that had been alocated to us although we had orinally had paid for in full for all our stay.We did not receieve an apoligy from the staff member who had came to our van earler that morning. On the whole we were very diapointed by the way were treated by certain staff over the hoiday, and given us reserves about returning.
DATE STAYED: October 2011
Great setting, ideal location, no need to use the car. Glad to see money is being spent on the site to repair roads and put in more hardstandings. The club must upgrade the facilities, they are clean but very dated. Some taps in the sinks need repair. We will return if we can get a booking.
Fabulous setting, possibly the best!
Facilities old but functional, warm and clean. Pleased to see plenty of coat hooks in the loos and showers - more modern installations could learn from this.
Despite there being a queue of people waiting to enter the site the warden helped to position the van on the pitch.
We were fortunate to get one of the prime pitches looking out over the lake. The view was great but the L shaped hard standing was too narrow to allow the van step and water container to rest on the tarmac, and we had to position them on the wet grass. This was at a lower level than the tarmac and meant that it was a bit dodgy stepping from the van to the step - particularly when there was frost about. Easily remedied Club, please do it!
No need to speak about the opportunities for fell walking and cycling, this is God's own country!
Will return, assuming that we can get a booking, superb!
DATE STAYED: November 2011
We've been visiting Keswick for many years now. This site has not had any improvements made to it in all those years. We always go in October or February and is always full - even so there is only 4 showers for women and 4 for men. This is totally inadequate and they're desparate for an update ( maybe including a few family shower rooms ). The pitches and access roads are always water logged and need widening with more gravel. The road down to the site is in bad need of maintenance as there was only one light working when we were last there. Its also full of potholes. This site must make so much money as it is always full, some of the money needs to go into improving - if it wasn't for its close proximity to Keswick and it's stunning views and location we would find somewhere else to stay.
SUITABLE FOR: Active break,Peaceful break
after arriving without booking i managed a full week due to a cancellation the site staff were more than friendly the site was spotless ive already recomended this site to all my friends and will be going back next year and the town and countryside as expected were beautiful
THIS WAS OUR SECOND VISIT TO THIS SITE.WE LOVE THE LOCATION AND THE WARDENS ARE VERY HELPFUL. OUR FIRST VISIT WAS THE WEEK BEFORE THE LAST BANK HOLIDAY, WE WERE MEETING FRIENDS WHO WERE CAMPING FOR THE WEEK. WE ARE FULLY AWARE OF THE WEATHER AND DRAINAGE PROBLEMS OF THE SITE,OUR FRIENDS PITCH WAS OK BUT OTHERS LOOKED LIKE THEY WERE CAMPED FOR A MUSIC FESTIVAL,WITH MUD AND AT TIMES WATER AROUND LIKE SMALL MOATS.IN SEPTEMBER WE ARRIVED ON THE THURSDAY ALL WAS FINE, IT HAD RAINED BUT OUR HARD STANDING WAS OK PITCH 127.
DURING THE WEEKEND A NOTICE APPEARED ONE OF THE TOILET BLOCKS WAS BEING SHUT,WHICH LEFT 4 SHOWERS FOR AROUND I SHOULD SAY 100 PITCHES STILL OPEN THATS 4 FOR MEN AND 4 FOR LADIES THE BLOCK WHICH WAS LEFT HAS MOULD ON THE CEILINGS AND THE SHOWERS ARE PREHISTORIC, ALSO LOTS OF COMPLAINTS FROM OTHER MEMBERS.WE HAVE TOLD ALL OUR FRIENDS ABOUT THE SITE IT IS IN NEED OF
RESTORATION BUT THE LOCATION IS BEAUTIFULL. IT IS AN 10 MINUET WALK INTO KESWICK.
We have stayed on this site many times before, when we arrived this time the grass pitches had been flooded and ours was out of action, however the staff were wonderful and set us up with a pitch on the road where we could have electric hookup.
I agree the toilet blocks are tired but they are always immaculately clean the staff on this site work hard. It's an extreemly busy site and I'm not suprised the location is superb for Kewick town and walkers. One of the reasons we return here time after time is that Keswick is so dog friendly you can take your precious pooches into most pubs and shops. A wonderful site in a wonderful town.
I agree with the possitive comments already left here by so many members.
I wish however to comment on the tiredness and style of the shower blocks.
If 2011 has been one of the most successful years todate for attendences and membership numbers are increasing then more needs to be done to the Keswick Facilities. They are tired mouldy and run down. Maybe the success of the site and the attractiveness of Camping this year has placed undue strain on Keswick's shower blocks. If it has been in high demand this year then this would qualify my comment and concerns.
I suggest spending some of the Club's funds on upgrading the facilities.
The size of the shower heads isn't of a high standard and makes showering an uncomfortable experience.
The location of the site is superb within easy walking distance of the town centre, however the facilities left a lot to be desired. The gents loos and showers were filthy, the womens were reasonably clean but in need of an update. Only 1 of the pot washing sinks had a hot water tap that worked. After 2 nights of heavy rain we had to leave a night early as the site was waterlogged, investment is needed in drainage and new facilities, we feel this site is thriving due to the location only.
Having stayed at Keswick every year since having a tent and now a caravan we and the dog always make a point of going to Keswick at least once a year, time of year doesnt matter always a good welcom and pleasant staff, we love walking so many a good walk starts from the site for us.Nice to sit by the Derwent with a glass of wine at the end of the day. Yes i agree facilities could do with a little upgrade but camping and caravaning aint about 5* accomadation.
DATE STAYED: April 2010
Had a lovely time at Keswick - it's hard to imagine a site anywhere in the world with better views. The staff were very friendly and polite. Our little boy loved the site - plenty of space to ride his bike, going to the lake to feed the ducks (and leaving a trail of duck food for them to follow him back to our caravan). The playground is nice and safe. We were at the far corner of the site where the two rivers merge (there is fencing all around so it's not too unsafe for little ones). Bit of a hike to the toilet block (from where we were - clocked it on my phone at 309 metres (sorry, it didn't give me the distance in old money)) and would benefit from a bit better lighting on the way. Toilet block was always clean and well maintained, the only thing that would be an improvement (and it's a little petty) would be a bit of Dettox Mould and Mildew spraying on the tiles in the showers. In all it's a wonderful site, amazing location, excellent staff and we'd not hesitate to visit again.
DATE STAYED: August 2011
This was the first time we had ever been caravaning. We bought a 16 year old Fleetwood Colchester and it is gorgeous. Old but perfectly formed. Very friendly welcome. John caught on to the fact that we were new to it all as I told him that my husband had never ever reversed or manouvered a van before. He said he was going to invite everyone to bring their deckchairs to sit and watch. Joking aside, he was extremely helpful and gave my husband a mini lesson in how to position the van perfectly on the pitch. It was a little muddy on the site but that is hardly surprising considering the rain that had been falling. We had a view of Derwntwater which is outstandingly beautiful whatever the weather. The atmosphere on the site was lovely. All the children were obviously having a good deal of fun. Everyone was very considerate and friendly. The shower was housed in basic but clean facilities and was lovely and hot. Considering how busy the site was it was excellently maintained. We love our enderly little caravan and wish we had decided to do this many years ago. Would definately visit this camp site again
We inadvertently booked 9 nights on a Standard pitch, not realizing that Standard pitches don't include electricity (feel this could easily be rectified by changing the description?)Having said that the staff were brilliant and managed with some difficulty to sort us out without too many pitch moves. This is an extremely busy site so we were more than impressed by their efforts and they managed to make our break at Keswick its usual excellent experience.As a matter for head office the shower and toilet facilities are ready for modernisation although their cleanliness was not at fault.
THE STAY AT THIS SITE WAS AN ACHEIVEMENT TRIED TO GET ON FOR LAST 10 YEARS WHEN IN THIS AREA. I THINK THE ONLY THING THAT LET THE WEEK DONE WAS THE WEATHER, THIS GAVE A KNOCK ON EFFECT FOR THE CAMPERS AS ITS DOES FLOOD WELL YOU ARE ON DERWENT WATER.SUPERB AREA IF YOU ARE A DOG OWNER LOTS OF SHOPS & PUBS LET THEM IN (TRY THE BULL&DOG THE GOULASH IS RECCOMENDED)ALSO TRY THE RAILWAY WALK FLAT AT FIRST IF YOU DO A CIRCLE ABIT STEEP TOWARDS THE END BUT WELL WORTH THE VIEWS AND WOODS.ALSO IF CARAVAN OWNER GO HARD STANDING IF STAYING FOR A WHILE, THIS I CAN IS A WONDREFUL PLACE TO STOP IN CUMBRIA
On arrival access to the site was easy and we were made to feel very welcome. The jumbo pitches were rather muddy but with the staff's help, we managed to find a place to pitch our tent. We found the showers/toilets very clean but can appreciate comments about updating them. Our children spent lots of time in the playground giving us some peace and quiet! The views of the lake and mountains are breathtaking and we definitely plan a return visit.
Originally welcome was friendly, until it was known that there would not be a towing car being kept with caravan (we had booked by telephone - headoffice) and was not aware of a car on site policy. Maybe this information needs to be on main site information. After a few calls we only stayed 1 night and moved site as unable to keep towing car for remainder of hols. We have camped there many years with a tent and never had any flooding problems. Always found facilities adequate.
DATE STAYED: June 2011
Just returned from a week in a tent on this site. One adult and two teenage children - we all found it a great site. Amazing views, friendly and helpful people. Clean toilet/shower block, which could do with being updated but are by no means the worst we've seen. This site seems to have something for everyone. There is opportunity for boating on the lake, walking/climbing in the hills, or just sitting and soaking up the surrounding views. We had some heavy rain but even though we were sited close to the lake we didn't need to bale out! We're definately going back next year. Many thanks to the site staff.
After reading several of the reviews, I wondered what I would find when we arrived at this site.
I was pleasantly surprised. The staff were excellent and always ready to help. The area we were given to camp on was well kept, and right next to the lake. The two toilets/shower blocks were always kept very clean and tidy.
If you arrive to book in at peak times, you may need to wait for a while but it is worth the wait.
We will be booking again for next year
We arrived at the beginning of our yearly 4 week stay to be warmly greeted by Andy who recognised us from our last visit. He showed us to our pitch, offering any assistance we needed and afterwards never passed without a friendly word of greeting. This certainly creates a good feel about the site. The location is perfect with hills, town and water all very accessible. As others have said the toilet facilities require attention with 1 shower in the gents unusable for 3 days with broken lock and a plug missing for 3 weeks. Also the number of toilets left unflushed is amazing. The wardens worked very hard to keep up the cleanliness and frequently cleaned out of regular cleaning times to improve facilities. As ever our stay was very pleasant and if the toilet and shower facilities were upgraded the site could be perfect. We hear Andy and Chris are moving this week to manage Culzean Castle and wish them both the very best of luck and hope to visit their site at some time. Other campers will appreciate their welcome and attention.
what a site! what a view! wonderful place and so convenient for all kinds of facilities and yet in a beautiful rural setting. can't wait to visit again.
Only one criticism, the internet signal wasn't reliable enough for my son, who is an avid gamer, he had to take his camping chair and laptop and sit by the loos, nearer the antenna to get a reliable signal, had it rained he would have been stumped.
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples,Groups,Younger couples
We were greeted by a helpful and happy assistant Andrew Jones-wake who gave us a
choice of pitch. It was a pleasure not to be rushed what a lovely start to our holiday.
Fantastic site in a beautiful setting
A BIG THANK-YOU
The 5 nights that we spent on the site were not to the clubs usual standard for the following reasons. (1)our small motorhome was pitched on the grass on a corner location. On one side was a caravan 14 ft away and off our corner another caravan 16ft away whose awning was 8 ft away, consequently we felt unsafe considering the club rule states a gap of 20ft for fire safety reasons.
On consulting a site manager I was offered a different location if one came available which I declined due to the upheaval involved. (2)With most of the 250 pitches being occupied the toilet/washing facilities are inadequate and out dated.(3)The weather was excellent but we had to sit inside due to the rowdy evening alchohol fueled parties that took place most evenings. Site wardens do not seem to patrol and stop such antisocial activities.
SUITABLE FOR: Groups,Younger couples
The site was clean and well run but the facilities are in desperate need of upgrading, the need for extra shower blocks for the ladies would be nice as there only four for all the site, also to higher the showers so you don't get a bad back washing your hair. Don't trust the wi-fi as very slow that's when it's working.
This is the sixth time we have been to this site in the past 20 years and I would have thought they would have updated the toilet and showers by now so I was very disappointed, and to over hear one member of staff implying that it is so popular that things would stay the same. Also do not rely on the wifi as it does not always work and is very slow.
This site is brilliantly placed for visiting keswick and this is its strongest point along with the lakeside location. The site is busy however we found the facilities clean at all times of the day. There was a wait for the showers at peak times however we would happily return to this site again
Great site, super location.
BUT, given the revenue that this very popular site must generate the facilities are very poor.
Some of the cash needs to be ploughed back into sone decent toilet and shower blocks . The current set up is like a 1950's army camp. Though the staff do keep them fairly clean.
A great site spoilt for the lack of spending a little cash.
We had a nice stay in our motorhome, no problems there but we could hardly believe the conditions for some of the tenters (our family included) in the large field the centre of which is used mainly for tents. The area is lower than the access roads that surround it and consequently in rain (and there was plenty of that) some tents stood in oozing mud and occupants were trudging through standing water to get in and out of their tents. We were embarassed to see it. This Club is a camping Club after all and should do much much more for tenters on this site. They were clearly regarded by the Club as second class citizens paying good money for frankly the poorest conditions around. Everyone knows it rains a lot here, hence the lakes. So, how come the Club is so ill prepared for it with respect to tenters? Ray & Ann
FACILITES VERY POOR - BADLY NEED UPDATING BEEN TO THIS SITE NUMBEROUS TIMES OVER PAST 5 YEARS AND EACH YEAR TOLD TOILETS/SHOWERS WOULD BE UPDATED = STILL WAITING NEARLY HALF OF WASH UP SINKS HAD NO WATER AND DRAINAGE POOR MAKING IT QUITE SMELLY ROUND THE AREA FRESH WATER OUTLETS NEXT TO BINS ONLY ABOUT 2 FEET AWAY - WHEN TOILETS CLOSED FOR CLEARNING SIGN STATES USE DISABLED FACILITES WHICH MEANT DISABLED PEOPLE INCONVENIENCED (SOME CAMPERS USED DISABLED TOILET EVEN WHEN BLOCKS OPEN) SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS TOTALLY IGNORED = ASKED FOR PITCH NEAR DISABLED AS HUSBAND VISUALLY AND PHYSICALLY HANDICAPPED PAST TWO YEARS HAD ARGUEMENTS OVER THIS ISSUE WAS TOLD FIRST COME FIRST SERVED - 6 METRE RULE TOTALLY IGNORED TENTS TOO CLOSE AND CARS DRIVING OVER ELECTRIC CABLES BUT CANNOT ASK FOR A BETTER LOCATION
Beautiful, breathtaking site. Weather was great when we visited, so it was perfect for them to paddle while we sat beside the lake. The wardens were really friendly and attentive, especially Andrew who sited us. He was cheerful and helpful despite probably being one of the busiest weekends for them due to adjacent beer festival. The site is very well kept and although the toilets are quite dated, they were spotless. The only thing which I would comment on was the access. It is a busy site and we waited 3/4 hour in a queue to get on, and it was difficult to get on and off the site once you were settled due to people queing to get in, but really there is little they can do about that because there is just one road in and out, but I wouldn't let it spoil our fun. The town is five minutes away and Keswick is quite beautiful. Highly recommend this site and hope to get back very soon.
Stayed our first Camping weekend on this site, we were sited furthest away from facilities and advised to take a short cut through the 'Dog Walk' I don't recommend anyone doing this as my children got Dog's Mess all over their new walking boots. I understand the site cannot be totally responsible for this but surely it can be monitored.
A large and busy site in a beautiful location. Good for walking, canoeing and sightseeing. The site was full and facilities too few and too far from most pitches. The staff were well organised and friendly, but I got the impression that they were flat out and under pressure. This site is always likely to be popular but the club needs to invest in the site, more facilities at far side of site, perhaps more staff at busy times, more hard surfaces in wet areas. A good site which could deteriorate fast if remedial action is not undertaken.
I can see why this site has such enthusiastic reviews. Stunning location right on the water. 5 mins walk into town. Cheap beer at the rugby club. Toilets and showers excellent. Management were clearly busy running this popular site, but didn't bother to read my additional remarks until the morning of the booking, making a lot of fuss about a pup tent that apparently could not be accommodated, though we booked more than 2 weeks in advance. Despite all that I would go back any time.
DATE STAYED: April 2011
this is the best site we have ever stayed at very warm & friendly would highly recommend to others
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Peaceful break
This is a huge site and would benefit from another toilet block. The site is right on the lake shore and great for kids and dogs. Downside is that when it rains Oh boy does it rain. When we were there the ducks were actually swimming on the grass - the water was inches deep and very very muddy. However, that's not something the wardens can do anything about. We probably prefer The Oval site next door - smaller and all hard standing pitches.
DATE STAYED: August 2010
When it's wet the tent pitches are very poor and muddy. Our pitch was also very far from the toilet blocks which are both by the entrance. For such a large busy campsite the toilet blocks are very inadequate. Over the bank holiday weekend I queued over 30 minutes for a shower. On the plus side the location of the site can not be beaten. For the five days of our trip the vehicle never moved. The kids loved the site. Will definitely go again but would seriously think about cancelling if the weather was bad.
spot on site great right on lake maybe could do with more toilet blocks short walk into village dark at night would dev do back
SUITABLE FOR: Peaceful break,Younger couples
This is a really good site with stunning views, within easy walking distance of Keswick town centre and it's easy to get to. We've been for the last 3 years and we'll go again but it really is time that the Club spent some money on the facilities. There are 2 amenity blocks but both are next to the entrance so you have a long walk if you're at the other end of the site and they can be smelly. The amenity blocks are well overdue an upgrade and compare badly with those offered by the Caravan Club.
2nd visit to this site. Again really impressed by how clean and tidy it is kept. The staff are really friendly and helpful. Ground got very soggy in places but the staff managed to find good place for us to pitch our tent. Great location. Can't wait to visit again.
SUITABLE FOR: Older couples,Active break,Peaceful break
Wonderfully friendly welcome when we arrived. We were then shown a number of available pitches to choose from - all with great views of Derwentwater or the fells. Large pitches, although some people seemed unable to follow the (clear) instructions and parked their cars on the adjacent pitch instead! Two decent-sized toilet blocks meant there were rarely any queues for showers and although the facilities may have been old, they were absolutely spotless. Ten minutes walk into Keswick town centre with a fantastic choice of outdoor shops! Had a lovely meal in The Kings Arms - booking recommended. Superb walking/cycling from the site. We spent 5 nights here and would definitely return :-)
Very friendly accommodating staff. Town both child and dog friendly. Have been twice and returning again this year. Yes it's prone to flooding - but you just can't help that being right beside a lake! The staff give fair warning if you are in danger and do their up-most to help in any way. Can't recommend this site any higher.
DATE STAYED: June 2009
Just back from our first, but not last, stay at this site. We were a family of 4 plus a dog. Found the site very friendly and well looked after. As others have said it's very close to Keswick centre and the supermarket Booths. Although the shop in reception has plenty of essentials if needed?
The views are beautiful, hard to beat. Our children loved boating on the lake and the dog enjoyed his walks.
The wardens seem to keep a good eye out. We had some noise from one group of men but they weren't too bad really. Plus were only there our first night.
Downside is the facilities being far from the island where we pitched. 2 blocks at the entrance seem a bit silly? It'd be great if they could put toilets at the very least at the other end from the entrance?
Other than that thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Weather was fantastic for April too :)
This is a hugh site, but it is realy well organised, and well looked after. It is only a short walk into Keswick with its many shops pubs and has a very good selection of eating places.Like all places in the Lakes it's a walkers paradise.
the views make make it worthwhile the site is 5 mins from town center downside is that 2 block facilities are close together not good if your pitch is a long way away. can get very muddy for grass pitches when it rains
We keep coming back here for the peace & quite, the excellent walks, Keswick being withing easy walking distance & the excellent panorama from the site. The staff are Exemplary often working late into the evening to make the site spottless and inviting for all to enjoy. The only downside to this site is, as stated by many before me, that the drainage desparatly needs attention, even after one evening of light rain the site soon became waterlogged, also why are both toilet blocks vertually next to each other would't it be more practical for them to be spread over this large site
DATE STAYED: March 2011
Absolutely fantastic, great facilites we loved it. It's got everything, views,walks,peace & quiet & a town within 5 minutes walk. EXCELLENT,GO.
Just returned from a loveley 3 day break at the Keswick site. The site has wonderful views towards the lake and the surrounding fells. It's a 5 minute walk from Keswick centre so very close to shops, pubs and restaurants etc. The staff were very friendly & helpful on our arrival and throughout our stay. We stayed on a hardstanding pitch which was great and would recommend. We would also stay on the grass pitches as they are very level but could get quite wet if the weather is bad. Toilets and showers were spotless. Will definitely stay again.
Having stayed there several times in the past 12 years, we chose to stay at Keswick on rejoining the club this month. It has fantastic views, is very convienent for a stroll into Keswick or walk up the beautiful northern fells but when oh when will the toilet/shower block be replaced. The showers are cramped and dingy,the ceilings and walls have flaking paint and mould and worse, the water flow is barley adequate and the water drains very slowly. Stainless steel sinks and toilet cubicles from an army nissan hut also fail to impress. This must be one of the clubs busiest sites and deserves much better.
Stayed here 2009 and 2010. Both times there were flooding problems but, especially in 2010, the staff worked their socks off to look after everybody. We arrived back one evening (10.30pm) to fined our pitch flooded but the staff were there to help and moved us to a dry spot. Flooding is a known risk at this site but I cannot thank the wardens there enough for their diligence and support. And at the same time they coped with the usual chores keeping the place clean and tidy. Well done and thanks. I would recommend the site to anyone. Country setting but only a few minutes walk to the lovely town centre.
DATE STAYED: July 2010
Very helpful staff, site near to beautiful walks and scenery, near to town and an excellent supermarket selling really nice food. Perfect
Wonderful views, we have been coming here for the past 7 years. You can leave the car, catch a boat or bus and walk to your hearts content. Keswick is great for shopping and food and now the shops and pubs are really dog friendly. It does occasionlly flood, we have only had our holiday cancelled once though. Could do with the drainage being sorted but what do you expect being right of the edge of the lake. Great beer festival at the beginning of June held on the Rugby pitch next door. Toilets and showers are clean but could do with updating. We are taking our friends and dogs here in June 2011 for their first trip and first hike up the mountains.
Just returned from a 4 day break. A friendly welcome was received at this campsite and John the warden showed us to our hard standing with awning pitch. Pitches are of a decent size with ample parking for car as well as awning space.
Facilities, maybe a little dated however always spotlessly clean (the womenâ€™s were anyway) and has the added bonus of a free standing baby bath but no family room which was a bit of a disappointment for us with a 15 month old.
Small play area in the middle with swings and a slide can be a little noisy but what are play areas for?
The views from this site are amazing, with the ebb of the Derwentwater one side and the wonderful fells on the other, either way your unit is facing it is a picture post card view. A 5 min walk into the town centre where you can find all your amenitiesâ€™, including the unforgettable and infamous â€œCow pieâ€ at the George inn and Goulash at the Dog and Gun (1/3 potions recommended at both), Please note though, the pubs are not child friendly.
Walks are plentiful and easily started from the site itself highly recommended is the walk to the Nichol End Launch point on the Derwentwater approx. 2.5 steady level walk good for first timers, and children - Â£1.80pp for the boat back (under 5â€™s free).
Positives: views, ample pitch size Negatives: no family room. Cannot wait to return.
My family have been coming here since 2006 with one year when we missed - so we obviously like it! Great for convenience for town (and Convention!) but the risk of flooding is real!
I have came to this campsite since i was a small child and each time it has given me a wonderful experience. The views from this campsite are undescribable of the lake and the mountains surrounding Keswick. This campsite is very family friendly and such an enjoyable place to be!
DATE STAYED: January 2010
Lovely place to stay, will come again :)
DATE STAYED: June 2010
We are a camping family of 5 and stayed here last year and loved it so much we are going back again this year.
Staff were very helpful and friendly.
The views from the campsite are stunning.
Pitch sizes are very good.
Shops and boat launch are within easy walking distance of the site.
The wardens did their best to fit us in as part of the site was unusable due to the recent rain. Site in general was clean and tidy, though I did raise with one of the assistants the cleanliness of the disabled facilites. They were accesible by all users, and of a cramped capacity - this meant any grass/mud walked in was practically where you would be to have a shower. Beautiful lakeside site, and we also walked into the town of Keswick where we also enjoyed a visit to the Pencil Museum (which was a great little place to visit).
our favourite site without a doubt,i just wish the weather was as predictable as the staff,we cant wait to get back and stay again
DATE STAYED: May 2010
Fantastic site - Ive known it for 33 years! I do think that drainage of the actual pitches could be improved. They soon flood even after a small amount of rain! Its great that you dont need your car on this site everywhere is within walking distance including two excellent supermarkets. Keswick is Fab!
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Groups,Active break
My husband and I stayed in July 2010, the weather was variable, but that's expected. Excellent location, especially for walking and Keswick town within walking distance for pubs/shops. My only critisism would be how busy the site was, vans / vehicles constantly coming and going and very little space in between vans / tents, but I expect this was due to time of year. Shower / toilet facilities clean and tidy, although a blocked drain in shower was an issue, but sorted promptly. Overall a lovely site, with helpful staff. We hope to visit again next year.
Motorhome waste is very difficult to use - in a corner, on a slope. Motorhomes with wastepipe midway along the van would need to manoeuvre the front wheel around the already open waste point. Long vans might not be able to use the point. There is a very loud noise in the ladies toilet block (from the ventilation system?).
The site is very convenient for the town, walking and boating.
DATE STAYED: October 2010
Great location & stunning views over Derwent Water. Very popular campsite with great local amenities. Great for Walkers and their dogs!
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