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"Ideal for tent campers and handy for Scafell Pike, Wastwater & Eskdale cycle trail. "
Our Club site at Eskdale is located in a walkers’ paradise described as one of the loveliest of Lakeland Valleys by Alfred Wainwright.Fully equipped Camping Barn - £125 per nightCamping Pods - £42.75 per nightWhat's on at Eskdale. Watch video Eskdale currently holds an AA 5 Pennant Award and a 5 Star Visit Britain Award.
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The camping barn at Eskdale was an unusual and flexible space for our party of eight. Kids and reluctant campers alike loved the novelty of kipping down in the cosy barn with the luxury of a convivial kitchen downstairs. We’ll be back!
- Sarah Heyworth
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Eskdale Camping and Caravanning Club SiteBootHolmrookCumbriaCA19 1TH
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Sara Merckel, Martyn Merckel
We actually stayed in the pods over Easter weekend.
We would recommend the access from Ravenglass and not Hardknot Pass which is only for the very brave.
There are plenty of lovely walks straight from the site that suit everyone from beginners to serious walkers. There are also 3 pubs within walking distance and its a nice safe walk as the road isn't busy.
The facilities are brilliant on site and the fact that you can get coffee and toast from the shop is a lovely touch.
My only quibble is that with some of the pods there is very little privacy to the front so if there are children running around it might not be a peaceful as you want.
Overall though the site is fantastic and in a perfect location. Highly recommended
DATE STAYED: April 2013
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Active break,Younger couples
A BEAUTIFUL SITE, VERY WELL MANAGED WITH FANTASTIC SCENERY.
At times, it was so quiet and peaceful only the birds, lambs and La'al Ratty could be heard.
I can certainly endorse the other comments on here regarding the friendliness, facilities and opportunities around this site.
As a measure of the attention to detail that has gone into this establishment, a motorhomer only has to look at the chemical disposal point which is immaculate; there is even paper towelling for drying off a cassette plus soap and H&C water for washing hands.
As others have advised, check your approach route to the site (motorhomes via A595 Holmrook/Gubbergill), wear walking boots if possible and take extra care when descending the steep slopes.
Having originally booked only 4 nights I stayed for 7 and am very much looking forward to returning to Eskdale.
Thank you very much Martyn, Sara, Bruce and Kim for a very enjoyable visit to Eskdale.
DATE STAYED: May 2013
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples,Groups,Active break,Peaceful break,Younger couples
My son & I decided to spend some time walking in the Lakes , we could not of chosen a better place to stay , Clean ,well laid out and things like showers were superb ,as was the drying room and shop , staff and owner could not have been more helpful , especially when we had problem with our tent on the last night ,we had some great walks to Scafell and Scafell pike , from camp site , all so the Roman fort is worth the short walk, and use the near by pub , the Woolpack which I recommend :)
MEMBER FOUND TOWING: Easy
Really loved this site, fantastic location in the Eskdale valley, perfect base for walking, three pubs close by and the Eskdale to Ravenglass Narrow Guage Railway if you fancy something diffrent. The wardens/owners were really welcoming and friendly, the facilities are spot on, really clean and lovely hot showers which were most welcome after a long day in the snowy fells! We're already looking forward to our next visit.
DATE STAYED: March 2013
MEMBER FOUND TOWING: Moderate
This was our first visit to this superb site. It is in the heart of the Eskdale valley and well placed for walking. The facilities are superb and the owner, Sara, is welcoming, friendly and very helpful. The spot is idyllic. The Boot Inn is lovely and serves gasto-pub style food. The nearer pub, just out of the at is better. The Eskdale Parish Church is half a mile away, down a track, and is really worth a visit. Mobile phone reception is almost impossible on the site but both pubs have free wifi. We will be ack as our dogs loved it. The on site shop is superb too. D
Beautiful and very well run site with great facilities. The location is isolated with excellent walking directly from the site. Because the grass was quite saturated the campervans all had to stay on the hard standing near the reception. Facilities are excellent and very well kept. Our visit was late October and the weather was mixed, very wet one day, glorious autumn sunshine the next. The drying room was well used. There is a good shop on site with both basic food supplies (superb cumberland sausage) and also some walking gear. Otherwise there is not much nearby so it would be advisable to bring what you need. It is great to have such good pubs so close by. We enjoyed the Boot, which had recently been taken over. Well-kept Robinson ales and simple but tasty pub food. The Brook had excellent local ales too while the Woolpack Inn, just up the road at the base of the Hard Knot Pass, is great for Sunday lunch. All are dog friendly and you can go in in wet walking attire too. We definitely look forward to returning to explore this beautiful corner of the Lake District further.
DATE STAYED: October 2012
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Groups,Active break,Peaceful break,Younger couples
Brilliant. We were soaking wet inside and when we arrived (in the dark) but the facilities were great - drying room, hot shower, hard standing, all coped really well with a huge amount of rain.
DATE STAYED: November 2012
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples,Active break,Peaceful break
I've just returned from a great weekend on the photography course run by the site. It was very well organised with a knowledgeable professional photographer on hand to help and advise. The site has modern and clean washrooms, showers, toilets and other facilities. It's in a superb setting with some of the Lake District's best walking all around. Highly recommend both the site and the photography course which is suitable for all levels of ability.
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Groups,Active break,Peaceful break
Another superb weekend at this wonderful site which is run to incredibly high standards whilst still being really friendly. Every year we've been there's been some improvement to facilities and this year it was the addition of the breakfast bar in the site shop. We'll definitely be back again next year.
DATE STAYED: September 2012
Staff were so friendly, excellent site and well stocked shop, facilities were excellent and clean. will be going back
DATE STAYED: August 2012
Have just spent a lovely holiday here, despite very wet thundery weather. The site was the perfect size for our 2 year old to have some freedom without being out of sight. How Martyn and the team manage to keep the facilities so clean despite the torrential rain is amazing, and his knowledge of the site is obviously great as he was able to pitch us on a spot which allowed us to dry under the tent throughout our 10 night stay.
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples,Active break,Peaceful break,Younger couples
Brilliant Holiday! The site was run by friendly helpful staff, with excellent facilities throughout. Parked the car up, pitched the tent, and didnâ€™t use the car again until we packed up to come home. We will be going back next year. Have got to mention the Brook Inn, 5 minute walk from the site; it is a dog friendly pub, the staff were excellent & served good reasonably priced food.
Stayed here for the first part of our honeymoon and really enjoyed it, despite the wet weather and being bit waterlogged it was still lovely.....true what other people have said about the access over Hardknott pass....scary, lol. Staff were lovely and always willing to help and they did a great job keeping toilets and showers nice and clean. Only niggle was laundry facilities, need improvement. Lovely miniature railway minutes from campsite taking you to Ravensglass which we thoroughly enjoyed, by the coast and beautiful. We would stay here again but don't think we would access it over the difficult pass.
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples,Peaceful break
brilliant site - we also benefitted from brilliant weather! Fantastic for walking direct from site. Good food (including breakfast if needed) from nearby pubs.
Hot drinks and toast available in site shop. Staff very friendly and helpful.Extremely well stocked site shop with a wide range of essentials.
This site is amazing. The staff are very friendly and helpful and the facilities are the best I have seen. There is even a drying room for walkers to dry their boots and coats. There are some great walks around the site. There is no tv, mobile or Internet reception so it truly a break away from it all. You either need a few good books or a video DVD player and DVDs. For me I was so tired after all the walking I did I fell asleep a short while after opening a book in the evening. However, should you wish for more there are a couple of pub/restaurants within a short walking distance. I would recommended this site to anyone that wants to get away from it all and loves the countryside. I will definitely be going back next year.
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples,Active break
The welcome to the site was great and there was lots of information about the local area available. We stayed in a camping pod which was nice and cosy at night with plenty of space for two. That part of the site was fairly quite at night. The shower block was modern and clean with plenty of hot water, there was a well stocked shop and the staff were helpful and friendly. The site is located down narrow winding roads in great scenery with the River Esk only 5 minutes away and lots of walks nearby. Its one of the best sites we've visited and we would definately go back again!
Everything about this site is fab!
The setting- gorgeous.
The atmosphere- peaceful
The staff- couldn't be more helpful and pleasant.
I was struggling in the wind with my awning but the job was made easy because one of the staff helped me.
All round brilliant!
Once again a fantastic week stay at Eskdale. Although the weather tried to spoil our stay, Martyn, Sara and staff pulled out all the stops to ensure our stay was the best it could be. The facilities were always spotless and there was always an abundance of hot water (appreciated after a long walk) Excellent site if you just want to relax or be as active as you wish, there are walks for all. Our dog needs a few days off to recharge her batteries. Keep up the good work and many thanks once again, see you again next year.
DATE STAYED: July 2012
Excellant facilities on the site including a drying room which we found very useful as the weather was less than ideal. Boot, the local village has two very good pubs that are a 5 minute walk away. A little further the otherway is "The Woolpack" which is also very good and caters for younger people having a large screen TV showing sporting events.
The site is an excellant base for walkers.
We found that Eskdale seems to have its own microclimate so just because the forcast maybe wet for the lake district, the sun was often shining in on site.
A word of warning: Unless you have a powerful car I would not drive to the site via the Hardnott Pass with your car loaded with camping gear. Although once you have unloaded it is definately worth a drive at some point during your stay.
Overall a fantastic site with fab facilities and very helpful staff. We will definately return.
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Active break,Peaceful break,Younger couples
Fantastic site. Wardens are so helpful and friendly though the weather was less than perfect Lisa in particular provided a ray of sunshine in her smile. Drying room facilities were well used but all the facilities were first class. Great walks & pubs nearby. We will be back.
We stayed at the Eskdale Camping and Caravanning site over the diamond jubilee weekend. Everything about our stay there was great. The fantastic service started from when I first called to make the booking Sarah and Martin were extremely friendly and helpful and they made us really look forward to our first trip up to the Lake district. Our main reason to visit was to walk up Scafell Pike, which the site is very well located for. The facilities were always very clean and well maintained. All the staff were very friendly and happy to share their local knowledge, we also found this of the other campers it was a noticeable contrast to what you get living in London!!
DATE STAYED: June 2012
Stayed over the jubilee bank holiday weekend with a group of friends and had a great time. Children's playground was a winner and the facilities are immaculately clean.
Would definitely recommend and will be staying again,
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Groups,Peaceful break
We have four boys aged between 8 and 14 and this was our first taste of a camping and caravanning site and everybody agreed this as by far the best camping trip we have been on to date, even the dog had the time of his life. The staff were very friendly and helpful, facilities kept clean and were excellent and pitches were brilliant as we had heavy rain for 2 days and there was no flooding or puddles. There is a small wooded area leading to a river that the kids were able to wander off on their own to and the local pub did takeaway pizzas which were gorgeous if you fancy a night off cooking. There is some beautiful walks in surrounding area and if like us the weather was bad there is also a beautiful drive over hardknot pass. Have already recommended this site to friends and would definitely go back ourselves.
Wonderful location greeted by Charlie she was very very helpful. This is one of the cleanest and well maintaned sites I have been on and all the staff are more than helpful. Will be going back again.
DATE STAYED: May 2012
Fantastic site great modern facilities
If you want a great family holiday this is the place for you, so much to do and see 10/10
We had a fantastic time here. Lots of walking in a beautiful area of Cumbria. One of the local pubs called the Boot has a lovely, friendly atmosphere & serves excellent food at very reasonable prices.
We will definitely be back - can't wait.
We stayed for 11 nights at Eskdale and had a wonderful holiday. The site was excellent. We have a one year old daughter and this was the perfect site to take her to. The staff were so friendly and helpful.
The facilities were fantastic, they made camping with a baby much easier! They were very clean, warm and in great condition. They have a family wash room so you don't have to take it in turns to have showers, and they provide a baby bath if required. The washing up and laundry were also of very high quality. The laundry is the only thing which has an additional charge and it was very reasonable. Its great not having to worry about having enough change for the showers/ parking etc!!
The grounds were also really well maintained, everything looked neat and tidy. They have swings and a lovely play area with a trampoline, I was very impressed by these and had much fun.
I would highly recommend this site to anyone and I will definitely be returning there.
First-class site in lovely surroundings 9and a background of bleating lambs). Friendly and helpful.
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples,Groups,Active break,Peaceful break
Stayed late April 2012 and can't recommend this site too highly. It's kept in a great condition (there was much painting whilst we were there), the toilet/shower block has everything you'd want and is modern, and the shop would put many commercial units to shame with its sensible selection and good presentation. Staffed by a very friendly crew, and equally friendly dogs, we went away for a 'special' break and they played their part in making it that. Only things you need to consider if in a motorhome is some narrow points on the approach, and once there you are in a cul-de-sac with the passes to the east blocking your way. So you need to be a keen walker to make the best of this site, or be happy to tour the coast or just sit and enjoy the great view out of the window. Good mix of grass and hard standing areas. Have a fairly lengthy water hose for filling up the tanks as there's no real motorhome service point.
DATE STAYED: April 2012
Fabulous campsite, with extremely efficient and friendly staff, and great facilities, all kept spotlessly clean- in fact I have never been to a campsite anywhere near to being as clean as this one. Tons to do without needing to use the car- ours stayed put for the duration- walks for all abilities and ages and the railway was a big hit with our children.
Excellent and good value food from the Brook House Inn which is within staggering distance, and has a good kids menu with plenty of healthy options on it and great sandwiches made on their homebaked bread.
This campsite really strikes the right balance between really feeling at one with nature and yet having the small creature comforts that make camping with small children (particularly in April) easier.
We will definately be back!
MEMBER FOUND TOWING: Difficult
We stayed in one of the camping pods for 4 nights over Easter. The size of the pod allowed for a double and single air bed, with a couple of feet space left at the end for the rest of the bags, the heater and the dog. Picnic tables were located in the middle of our ring of pods, which meant that we could eat tea outside with other podsters when the weather allowed. This site was fantastic for small children. The play areas included swings, climbing equipment and a trampoline. Our daughter loved the whole experience, even when it snowed! The site was so clean and well looked after that it felt natural to allow our daughter more freedom than I would in other places. The showers were easily the best I have used on a campsite, and possibly better than the one at home. The Brook House Inn was in easy walking distance, did great food and was very accommodating of both the dog and our daughter as was The Woolpack, which was a couple of minutes up the road by car. The Boot Inn appears to have been taken over by new management and does not currently serve food.
This was a brilliant location with wonderful walks to the river and hills straight from the site. The train station is in easy walking distance and the steam train to Ravenglass is a good option for a chilly day. You could easily spend a week here without using your car at all. Buy the walk sheet from the camp shop and take to the hills!
This is a wonderful location for a peaceful break where you do not have to drive anywhere. We stayed three nights in sunny breezy weather and walked in the hills(using maps we puchased from the site shop)and then took the railway and did a coastal walk around Ravenglass. We also walked to the pubs and shop in Boot. Site had all we wanted. Very well stocked shop and lovely hot showers. We were put in our campervan on a raised hardstanding area because the grass areas were waterlogged. Not many people on site so it was very peaceful and no queues for showers. There are not many of these so did wonder what it would be like when site is full. Would return anyday (except it's a five hour drive for us!).
We stayed in one of the Camping pods for 2 nights over the weekend, we were greeted by Charlie who was very helpful and even walked us to our pod, the place was lovely and the weather was perfect, everyone is really helpful and its one of the cleanest campsites I have ever stayed in, we are now really looking forward to coming back in may in our tent for a longer visit.
A great example of how helpful the team there are: Some people arriving after us were asking to park their camper in a particular place because there was a picnic table there, because the grass was still damp there the team suggested a better pitch for them and then moved the picnic table to them!
DATE STAYED: March 2012
Booked this site on the strength of NO Mobile phone coverage !! There is a payphone if you really need it . Site is remote and one amazing drive not for the those who dont like a challenge . Will take at least an 1hr 30 everytime you want to reach civilisation by car so bare this in mind . Awesome location great for children ours 5yrs loved it , we were there in wet weather and the staff word without rest to keep the site and facilites spotless got up at 2am for toilet and they were still cleaning well done ! Will be back in 2012 and will bring others back with me .
DATE STAYED: August 2011
We have just returned from a very wet New Years break at the Eskdale site. Despite it raining pretty much constantly for five days we had a fantastic time here. Sara and Martyn and their team went out of their way to be helpful and make our stay comfortable. The facilities, particularly the drying room and the red hot showers, were excellent and invaluable at this time of year. There are several very accessible walks from the site and some lovely local pubs to warm by the fire in. We loved it and plan to return (hopefully for a drier spell). Many thanks to Sara and Martyn.
DATE STAYED: January 2012
I wish the Lakes weren't the other end of England for us, we'd be back every weekend if we could. We adore the fact that caravans aren't allowed as they'd never get round the first tight corner/hill on the way! I wish more sites were tents only. The drying room is a godsend and the staff all go the extra mile. Going over the Hardknott and Wrynose passes was the most exciting driving I'd done since I was in the Alps - fantastic fun. Wonderful walking both high and low level. Children vanished for hours, den building in the woods, but I wasn't remotely worried about them. I'm pleased to notice no references to low water pressure in recent reviews, perhaps the local water board have finally sorted out the mains pressure problem which affected part of our stay and that of some other people in Summer 2010.
DATE STAYED: July 2010
Had a great week camping at Eskdale site and stayed extra two day. Very clean site run by martin and family who work hard keeping this site 5 star thankyou
DATE STAYED: July 2011
A first class site which ticked all the boxes for us. Martyn, Sara and the staff were totally professional and could be seen constantly catering for the needs of all customers, regardless of the time! Nothing was too much of a problem. Toilet and washing facilities were more than adequate and always clean. A well stocked shop is within the reception area where you can buy the essentials. The small village of Boot is a matter of minutes away (walking) with a couple of extremely friendly and family orientated pubs. A great area for fantastic walks and even better scenery. This is the first time we have been to this site and we had a great time even with the weather trying to spoil things.
We only had 4 nights here but wish we had booked for longer. We will certainly be back. An excellent site which the Camping and Caravan Club should be extremely proud of.
Back after a great family break staying at this campsite. Great location over on the west side of the Lake District, the site had excellent facilities, very helpful staff and would recommend this to families as well as couples looking to get away from it all. Thank you Martin and Len - your knots worked a treat!
where do i start whith our fab visit to eskdale!!! we only went for a short break but will be booking up to go for longer next time!!!! on arrival the staff were polite and friendly and took us directly to our camping pods with the inclusive gas heater!they were very helpful and told us the times for shop.
,loos and local train. the camping pods themselves were more than big enough for 2adults and 1 child with plenty of space leftover for storing luggage.they were warma and cosy and kinda soundproof!! it rained heavily the 1st night we were there and it didnt leak once!! the toilets and dishwashing facilities are cleaned regulary and were spotlessly clean.there were fresh flowers in the loo which was a nice touch and the hot water was constantly hot! there is plenty to do around the campsite, there are swings and a little play area for the younger kids, plenty of short walks to go on and open space for outdoor games!everytime you saw a memeber of staff they were smiling and couldnt do enough to help and make yu trip a success. the nice lady in the gift shop even went on the internet to look up the opening times of a activity we were planning on doing!!!all in all a totally great place to visit whatever your group size or age!p.s i noticed on website people wanted to know what the pods looked like inside, in the nicest way, they are simply a large empty rounded garden shed,with a small window at the back and decking at the front! still take everything you would need to go camping in a tent, just not the tent! x x x x
DATE STAYED: August 2009
We have just stayed in the camping barn at Eskdale with two daughters and four grandchildren. It is a superb facility with virtually all the equipment you could want and plenty of electric points. The camp beds are good too.The site is lovely , and was quiet even though packed and full of families with children. The views are wonderful and the station for the steam train to the coast at Ravenglass is a ten minute walk away. The wardens at the site were extremely helpful and friendly, and the shop is very well stocked. The loo facilities seem new and are very clean. Two words of warning - don't use SATNAV and end up on the Hardknot pass -it's diabolical. And do be aware that there's no mobile signal in the area, if that matters to you (but there is a payphone at the site).
we stayed at eskdale from the 24th july for 5 nights and really enjoyed it. Its a lovely campsite and was given a really nice welcome. Although the campsite was busy Martin gave us a choice of pitche and then gave us the best advice on how to make the pitch more private and spacious for us. The toilet blocks were very clean and of very good standard as were the washingup sinks and units. Although we didnt go walking, (the only people on the site i think) i overheard martin giving good advice to other walkers. There are also 3 pubs within walking distance though we only went to one. We will def be going back to this campsite well worth the fee. All staff were very helpful and friendly and did seem to be working round the clock. Saw bins getting changed after 11pm one night. definately give this campsite a try. Also the Wryenose Pass is def a a must. very funny road.
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples,Groups,Active break
We booked the site last minute and were a little worried there wouldn't be much to do for the children. We foolishly took directions from the satnav and travelled over Wrynose and Hard Knott pass. I would advise travellers to avoid this route but I have to say it was a breath taking view ,one we won't forget. The site franchisees and staff were excellent and we had a lovely spot to pitch the tent. The kids commented that it was the best camp site they had ever stayed on and are dying to go back. The site has a trampoline and small play park but I think it was the opportunity to meet new friends and have a little freedom which impressed them the most. The stream next to the mill is fantastic, my son was able to swim in parts, with parental supervision. The facilities are first class and the shop was great. I recommend taking as much as you can as there aren't any larger shops nearby. One of the most memorable trips I have had in years. The weather was fantastic too ! We are thinking of hiring a pod next time.
We stopped in the camping barn which was perfect. We were a party of 4 adults 2 kids and 2 infants so we needed electricity for night. The whole site is kept imaculately clean. The bunk barn provided cooking faciltities, wood burner - but it got too hot for us, use of the showers toilet block was great. There was heating but we didnt need. Comfortable beds - we took duvets which made it better. Fantastic mountain bike rides even for our mixed group, fab pubs close by and beautiful scenery. We had an excellent few days thanks
We stayed with a group of 5 tents including kids - Martyn looked after us all superbly - he obviously really cares about his site and that his customers have a great stay. I'm sure groups give the site team nightmares but hopefuly we behaved ourselves! Facilities really are first class, and the location is amazing - well worth the time in the car. All our kids (18 months - 8 years) had a fantastic time at this safe and friendly (and very quiet) site. Thoroughly recommended...
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Active break,Peaceful break
Very peaceful site in beautiful valley setting with miles of Lakeland walks on the doorstep. Three pubs within walking distance, places to explore and river swimming close by. Site beautifully kept with a very clean shower and toilet block and small play area for children with very popular trampoline.
Absolutely fantastic! What a lovely camp site. Warm welcome on arrival with a tour of the facilities before been taken to our pitch. Nothing is too much trouble for the owners although they are constantly busy they always have time to help each one of their guests. The facilities are absolutely immaculate and faultless. The shop is well stocked and has good opening times. My children would just like to add that the trampoline is awesome!!!
Brilliant 4 night stay at Eskdale. Great site. Absolutely first class, showers and toilets very clean, great standard! Information area, shop and general facilities were fantastic. Eskdale Railway is wonderful, had a couple of walks, weather very sunny during the day, lashing down with rain overnight! fantastic. I would recommend this site to anyone and I certainly will be back! Last site I was on was Certified and so it should have been, toilet and shower a disgrace!, typical farmer wanted the money but didn't want to spend a penny! (SORRY!)
ESKDALE IS A REALLY GOOD 5 STAR SITE IN MY OPINION Please remember Site Owners that this is 2011 and there is an expectation that good quality facilities are an absolute not an exception!
An excellent site. Facilities were brilliant - really well done and aesthetically pleasing, welcome was great. Martyn (owner/manager) was really helpful. Nothing was too much trouble.
All toilet blocks in C&C sites are excellent and clean but this was a cut above - showers have slate floors and were hot - a real pleasure to use.
With an 11 week old baby in hand, we were slightly apprehensive about our camping holiday in our trailer tent, but the fantastic site facilities and helpfulness of the staff made everything so simple. Parent and child room was great, and the free loan of a baby bath made it even better. Was slightly concerned about the high number of campers at one point and the possibility of noise, but that worry was soon put aside when one of the members of staff had a polite word with the music playing camper. Our hookup cable didn't quite reach due to the slightly odd position our tent was instructed to pitch at, but luckily we were loaned an extension cable for free which solved that problem. The only bad point was that we had to leave a day early as the weather was terrible and our pitch became severely water-logged. The water was flowing in over both our groundsheets and we were pretty much floating! No one to blame really as that's just the weather in the lakes. Drainage could be slightly improved though maybe. All in all though a great site, particularly if you have a newborn. Please don't be put off. Our little lad was very happy!
We discovered after arriving that our tent was faulty.management personally checked out our problem and offered all the help and support.I would definatly go back for my next vacation.
our first stay at ccc site,and very impressed first impressions were that it was very busy but staff were excellent and helpful toilets were spotless even at busy periods small shop was well stocked, beautiful area with countless walks direct from site, car didnt move,eskdale railway brilliant
Very well maintained with spotless facilities and well stocked shop.
Incredibly beautiful surroundings; many walks possible from campsite / using Laal Ratty so no need to drive.
Helpful and friendly staff.
Eskdale, where to start! Well, we were totally horrified and reluctant regarding this campsite after experiencing the horrific Hard Knott Pass. However, once arrived in the campsite we easyly forgotten how awfull the Journey was. The campsite was amazing, it catered for anything and anyone u like, the staff were friendly, the shop was well stocked and had most of any basic item u would need. They even sold beer and gave cash back as there were no cash points which was handy. The campsite is based in an ideal location with views to take your breath away all around. We pitched facing the stream with a view over the fell which was just lush to wake up with on a daily basis. Boot is the local town which has a cute little pub that sells bar meals, this was a pleasent 5 min walk from the site. there was a map avaiable from the shop which showed some basic/simple walks which again were breath taking. All in all this trip was by far the best campsite i persoanlly have stayed in. although packed to capacity at some points in the weekend there was no noise and no Chavs which again is great news. Eskdale, has totally caught my breath and we will be back ASAP with others in tow to show them this little Gem!
Worth Noting, please take note of the booklet and avoid hard knott pass it was awfull and really scary. There is not signals on mobile phones and no wireless (Which is amazing if u want to get away but a gadget buffs worst nightmare). Please dont let this put u off!!
Upon my arrival at the site, after driving through Wrynose and Harknott Pass which is not for the faint of heart, I followed the signs to reception which led me into a VERY well stocked shop and VERY VERY helpful staff. I was given a guided tour of the facilities then we walked the site and with help picked a wonderful pitch for my backpacking tent, dog and I. As is usual in the lakes the rain paid a visit! However, it was short lived and the ground drained well. The site gave me direct access to paths that led to strenuos and relaxing walks. I never used the pubs but they are well within 10 minutes walk. Will I return? YES Will I recommend Eskdale and the staff? YES YES YES
DATE STAYED: June 2011
Excellent site, Clean, well stocked shop,friendly staff,great views and scenery.Well worth a visit, will book again.
Great site and facilities, we got there early to bag a good pitch but while we were deciding one of the site guys came over and more or less dictated where we could pitch (the field was almost empty!) we were asked to keep between two trees (quite a small space) as there were 50 plus tents due to arrive and he didnâ€™t want big spaces developing between each pitch, no problem we opted for a space between 2 tents that was big enough for us without pitching on someoneâ€™s doorstep - we did check with our nearest neighbour and he was fine with us setting up next to him. After we had pitched and had a cup of tea we set out for our first walk of the weekend but was stopped by a different site guy who said that we couldnâ€™t pitch where we had because it was too tight and people could come and take pictures and leave negative comments, after some discussion (and lots of unnecessary face pulling and slightly sarcastic remarks from the site guy) we stayed put but agreed to move our car. I was made to feel really uncomfortable and was troubled about the site guyâ€™s attitude for the rest of the day spoiling the afternoon. The site itself was great but the second (younger) guyâ€™s attitude towards us prompted this negative comment, we are seasoned campers and are always mindful of others â€“ Mr site guy please watch your manners in future, campers have feelings too!
What a delightful evening/morning! Have never been to Boot before though we live in Kendal. Had been recommended this site and it lived up to our expectations. Lovely, fabulous shop with all you could want at reasonable prices, clean, super hot showers, beautiful gardens, friendly, helpful staff, level and well tended pitches. Got advice from site staff about where to have a drink and wandered leisurely three minutes to Brook House poacher's bar up the road - lovely! Can't fault the campsite at all. We'll be back.
Stayed at this site for the Royal Wedding weekend having been turned away from a couple of others nearby, despite arriving early on Thursday afternoon.
We were lucky. Despite being run ragged they squeezed us in (and to be honest, it wasn't a squeeze where we were - over the stream - it was just idyllic). We signed up for CCC membership there and then and almost saved the annual fees on the one stay.
The main fields are spacious and appear flat. We were on a slightly uneven and sloping area, but grateful for it none the less.
Childrens play area (though the nearby woods and streams look much more fun), immaculate toilets and showers, adequate water points, plenty of fire stations and electric hook-ups available. Good little shop to cover the basics and provide a get-out-of-jail card for forgotten items etc. Indoor and outdoor washing-up stations, and a laundrette.
Lovely village nearby, and a choice of pubs and good grub a short walk away.
Perfect location for walking with some stunning mountains to conquer from the site. It was blowing a hooley for all our stay so we did a few lower walks and barely escaped with out lives when the steam train (I imagine) set fire to the woods with the wind sweeping it our way. A huge stretch of woodland and fellside was devastated, and very impressive it was too - once we were on the other side of the river on the valley floor!
Only one minor criticism. The showers were sometimes a bit busy as there were only 3 each M/F (plus a lovely family wash room with double shower). Facilities are a bit sparse therefore when the site is full, but then we were grateful for being on there anyway.
Fees are high but reflect the quality. Join CCC and it's a steal!
DATE STAYED: May 2011
I love the Eskdale campsite. This was our second visit there and it was every bit as good as I remembered it being form our first visit. It is peaceful, beautiful, well kept and the owners go out of your way to make you feel welcome and sort out any issues you may have. It is a perfect place to stay if you want peace and tranquility and in the heart of the beautiful Lake District. You could stay there all week and not use your car as there are walks galore straight from the site. There is just a small shop with the essentials but for eating out, there are three pubs all within walking distance but I personally can highly recommend the Boot Inn which is just 5 minutes walk away. I cannot recommend the Eskdale site highly enough - we'll be going back for a third stay!
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples,Peaceful break,Younger couples
First time staying at Eskdale, lovely site, secluded, not near any shops so go prepared and equipped! The little shop however, had all your basic essentials. I cannot thank Martyn and Sara enough. As we arrived and got taken to our pitch, we realised we had a flat tyre. Vauxhall's dont have a spare and you do not get a signal at all at this campsite so we were stuck. Martyn was brilliant and took our tyre to a friend and got it fixed for us. Really helpful couple and thankfully we were able to get out to places with our 3 year old. Great place for kids to run around too. Would recommend to anyone.
My husband and I spent two weeks at the site.The welcome was warm, and the pitch we were directed to was ideal. We asked for a quieter location as we were staying during the schools spring bank holiday break and they had said the site would be busy. The shower and toilet facilities were always clean and of an excellent standard. The drying room has washing drying and ironing facilities. Loads of piping hot water for washing up. The elsan point was a easy to use . If you like the great outdoors the walks from the site are great. A great holiday will go back again x
My friend and I with our two boys aged 5 have just spent a wonderful weekend at Eskdale. We stayed in a pod which was great value, fun and ideal for the changeable weather. There was plenty of room for the 4.
We were particularly impressed with the wonderful couple Joaney and Len who work at the site. An enthusiastic couple who are clearly passionate about their surroundings and the site. Nothing was too much trouble for these two.
The boys found plenty to do on site, fishing in the steam, exploring and trampolining. We didn't spend too much time off site as we didn't need too. The boys wanted to go on the Ratty railway and it was well worth battling the elements to enjoy the wonderful scenery.
We had so much fun that we have booked the camping barn for September.
A truly wonderful site in a beautiful area.
Great site, but made the mistake of coming over wrynose pass and hardknott pass from Little Langdale, not to be recommended. Thankfully I was towing a small trailer and not a caravan. I should have taken note of the instructions on the web site rather than googling for the directions. Anyway the site was excellent and even although it rained most of the time, enjoyed the local facilities. The train journey from Boot to Ravenglass was a highlight. Also the walk to the Woolpack Inn was worth it for the friendly staff and the quality of the food.
One final comment, the showers were the best of any site we've been on. I wish that was the standard for all other sites.
Beautiful site we stayed in a Camping POD, this was our second visit in a POD on the site and we love it, always a pleasure whatever the weather here, as i originally grew up close to here and is our favourite part of the Lake district.
The walk from the site down the Eskdale vally to Muncaster and Ravenglass is a joy , not to mention the return trip back to Dalegarth on the L`arl Rattie steam train, if your here for a few days this is a must.
The only criticism i have is the price of the POD is expensive compared with other sites that do POD`s, and members don`t get a discount? One thing i can`t understand, nor can any other people i talked to when staying on the site ..WHY DO ALL THE PODS FACE EACH OTHER ? all you do is look directly at the other people staying in the POD opposite, why can`t you turn them around and have them facing the beautiful views of the mountains and woods etc ..... you certainly would not pitch tents like that on the site? ..... PS, a very big thank you to the very help full and excellent staff on site.
Well what can I say about this site. It is fabulous, by far the best facilities we have ever had at a campsite. We planned to stay for 7 nights but ended up staying an extra 2 nights as we were having such a great time.
We were in the tent field (without EHU) and over the weekend the field was full. There were also some pitches which were unusable due to the wet weather, so this didn't help. We were very happy with our pitch and we had plenty of room and even acquired a picnic bench which was useful.
The Drying Room and Laundry were a 'god send' with the mixed weather, great for drying out coats and walking boots.
The views and walking from the site are fantastic and this is what you go to Eskdale for. The site is remote and as previously stated by others you need to take plenty of provisions with you, the shop is well stocked and we managed to cater most nights from the fresh veg, salad and meat for BBQ, it was more expensive than Tesco or Asda, but what do you expect, you are paying for the convenience and all convenience stores charge a premium.
The Eskdale & Ravenglass narrow gauge train is great (a little expensive) the views and experience makes it a must. Hardknott Pass is worth a go, although not with a fully loaded car, the views are amazing. Wast Water at the foot of Scarfell Pike is also worth a trip, the scenery is breathtaking.
Towards the end of our time there the weather took a turn for the better and what a difference that made, swimming in the rivers, picnics etc, by the end of our time there we all wanted to stay another week!
Martyn, Sarah and the team are always helpful and have knowledge of the area and cannot do enough to help. We've booked to go again this August, so that says it all.
DATE STAYED: August 2010
We stayed in a pod and it was brilliant! We were only staying for 3 nights and rather than bother with erecting a tent for a short stay, I booked a pod for my 2 boys (4 and 6 years old)and my partner and I. The pod was warm and cosy when it was cold outside at night. We were given a small heater but we only used it on 1 night when it was really cold. The pod area was friendly with 4 pods in a circle sharing 1 picnic table in the middle. The other 'podders' had their own tables and chairs so we did not have to scrap over the dinning space!
I would recommend the pod to small families, 2 adults and 2 small children is the limit for conformable accommodation. There were 2 other families with teenage children and I think they found it too much of a squeeze and certainly no privacy. 2 families brought their dogs too, who were well behaved and seemed to like the pods too!
The rest of the site facilities were excellent; clean toilet/ shower/ washing areas, well stocked shop and trampoline for the kids ( ours rarely got off it!). The site is in a beautiful location and great for walks, even with small children!
DATE STAYED: April 2011
Great campsite in easy distance of great walks, the coast, lakes and Ravenglass railway. The kids play area is basically a trampoline, the rest of the equipment (other than swings)is useless. Pubs are within easy walking distance. Family room for showers good idea, but cramped for 2 adults and 2 kids in practice. Very clean. Bins need emptying more regularly during the evening. Friendly, helpful owners. Well stocked shop. Lovely location and generally very well maintained. Grab a picnic table!
We have just returned from an Easter and Bank holiday break, we booked 4 nights but ended up statyin 8 nights it was that good. The location is stunning and the views are fantastic.
The site is well managed and has excellent showers and other facilities which were always kept very clean. The on-site shop is good and well stocked with anything that you may need.
The Managers were BRILLIANT, very, very helpful and all thanks to them for a wonderfull holiday.
There is a walterfall just behing the campsite and there are a couple of pubs within a minutes walk which both serve good food and ale.
There are a number of great walks from the site and the Eskdale train is just nearby.
This site is definately in my to 3 campsites and is very worth a visit, we will definatley go back again.
The best CCC site that we have stayed on. Parked the van on Saturday and didn't move it for a week. Perfect location for biking & walking. Martyn has to be the hardest working site manager in the Club. Boot Inn highly recommended ! Many Thanks.
Lovely surroundings, magnificent views. Ideal for walking. Will definitely use again. Had a look at the Ravenglass one while out and about....seemed OK but Eskdale wins
we have just arrived back from eskdale camping yesterday, with a group of family and friends, we have all had a fantastic weekend and will definately stay at this site again, the people were very helpful and accomodating, the shower facilities were the brightest and cleanest ones we have stayed in yet. the children were happy and had fun we all had a great time. thank you very much,
we camped at the Eskdale site in August 2010. It was a typical british summer - wet and not especially warm. That was the only downside. The site is set right in the heart of the beautiful lake district and did not disappoint. The people that run the site could not be more friendly and nothing was too much trouble. The shop was well stocked with the basics and some camping equipment, the toilet block was clean though you did have to get up early to avoid queueing for the showers. The site is beautiful, peaceful and one of the nicest I've ever camped at. I would highly recommend the Eskdale site for everyone and we are planning to go back in May - though are hoping for weather the same as the last time
Stayed at Eskdale over the bank holiday weekend in our tent. The site was incredibly busy and very full but everything seemed to run perfectly. The facilities were busy; always clean and not too long of a wait for a shower in the morning.
Whilst there was some noise at night it wasn't too bad - it was to be expected on such a busy weekend with large groups staying on site.
All in all, a pleasant weekend!
DATE STAYED: May 2010
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples,Groups,Active break,Younger couples
Just some feedback on the review by Ann who was not impressed by the toilet facilities.
I live in Cumbria, and use the Eskdale site six or seven times a year. I was on site the day Ann mentioned,and yes,it was frustrating and inconvenient. However whenever I have stayed before or since, the toilet facilities have been spot on, and certainly no problem with water presure in general.
I think the Warden handled the situation very well under the circumstances. As for not being a 5 star site , you may be right, but if a site was rated on general ambience and feel good factor, I'd give it 6!
SUITABLE FOR: Older couples,Active break,Peaceful break,Younger couples
we camped at the Eskdale site in August 2010. It was a typical british summer - wet and not especially warm. That was the only downside. The site is set right in the heart of the beautiful lake district and did not disappoint. The people that run the site could not be more friendly and nothing was too much trouble. The shop was well stocked with the basics and some camping equipment, the toilet block was clean though you did have to get up early to avoid queueing for the showers. The site is beautiful, peaceful and one of the nicest I've ever camped at. I would highly recommend the Eskdale site for everyone and we are planning to go back in May - though are hoping for better weather!
This site is run by some of the most patient people in the world!! We chose this site as my husband wanted to do some walking in the Lake district, he set off quite early in the morning while I walked up to the nearby train station to catch a train to Ravensglass. I was gone for a couple of hours and thoroughly enjoyed the train trip, however, my husband, unbeknown to me, was not having such a good time on his walk. He had fallen sand injured himself and was consequently alot slower returning to the site. As panic on my part set in, due to his being way overdue, the people here were fantastic at placating me and eventually calling Mountain Rescue! Thank fully he returned to the site before Mountain Rescue had 'launched'. I can't recommend this site enough, it has fantastic walks, good pubs within walking distance not to mention a lovely train station just up the road and marvellous hosts!
The site is very pretty and makes a lovely setting with great scenery. The facilities were ample and clean and it was a pretty rainy weekend but we didnâ€™t see messy toilet block floors or anything so the wardens were doing a fab job.
We had a friendly reception and were given a choice of pitches. There was a big family tent field and a quieter area along the driveway up through the site. We chose a pitch near the entrance and were very happy with it.
Midges werenâ€™t bad despite being pitched under a tree and backing onto a stream and the ground seemed to be well draining. I donâ€™t think Iâ€™d have wanted to be pitched in the family field as the tents looked to be all over the place despite the 6m rule and we liked our location.
Nearby is the tiny village of Boot which has a little pub and post office, very quaint. Thereâ€™s two pubs within very short walking distance and both are nice.
We took the bikes and tackled the Eskdale Trail which ends in Ravenglass and bypasses the Ravenglass Camping Club site so we went and had a nosey. Seemed nice enough but we were happier with Eskdale. The bike trail was fantastic although if we were to go again I think we would skip the Muncaster Fell, that was a killer.
We passed rivers and streams, great idea with a picnic etc. We caught the little steam train back to the site. Not cheap but itâ€™s fun and worth a look. The station at Eskdale is right by the site and itâ€™s a very pretty.
There was no mobile phone signal for us (o2) but there is a payphone on site. We only went for a weekend so had plenty provisions with us but the shop doesnâ€™t stock much and you are very remote so best go prepared. We accessed the site via Hardknott Pass which is pretty hair-raising and not for the faint hearted but for the more confident drivers is an experience we wouldnâ€™t have wanted to miss.
We will definitely return to this site and book a longer stay. Highly recommended.
DATE STAYED: July 2009
We stayed on this site during the bad weather in December as the site we were ment to stay at was inaccessible due to the snow. It was fantastic we couldn't have asked to meet nice friendlier more helpfull owners. We can't wait to get back to the site once the weather inproves. We're really glad we came accross it and to top it off the showers were red hot and spotless. it was all spot on. Thanks from the four of us.
DATE STAYED: December 2010
Lovely site with first class facilities and friendly, helpful wardens.
Great site for exploring the Western Fells, this site is obviously a hit with walkers, and their four legged friends! On site facilities include an excelent and very useful Drying room for those wet Lakeland days.
Site is split into two main areas of grass with some EHU. There was also a raised area of hardstanding for three campervans. There were also an area of camping pods which looked great.
Couple of decent pubs next to the site - both dog friendly - and there was a well stocked shop on site. The families on site seemed to be enjoying the play area and trampoline.Hardnott and Wrynose passes provide an exciting drive for those brave enough.
A great site - will return.
DATE STAYED: October 2010
One of the most stunning sites we have ever stayed at. Whilst there we had a day of extreme rain and out tent was virtually floating (not helped by a broken land drain in the camping field at the back of us). The owner Martin was brilliant and helped us to empty the tent and he moved us into a pod for the night at no extra cost. He even ran an electric supply so we could use our own light and heater. How good was that!
The Boot to Ravenglass railway is a must whether you are 5 or 85.
The shower facilities are excellent as is the drying room.
The 2 pubs in boot were both very good but we only ate at the Boot Inn. The food was excellent. On the day we left we even had breakfast there to set us up for our journey.
The staff were all friendly and helpful.
The journey over Hardknott pass is not for the fainthearted but must be done at least once as the views are stunning.
Wastwater, which is not far away has rightly been voted as the favourite view in the whole Lake District.
Thanks once again to Martin and his staff for making what could have been a bit of a disaster into something we will long remember.
DATE STAYED: September 2010
SUITABLE FOR: Groups,Peaceful break,Younger couples
Absolutley beautiful site. So clean I cannot say enough to complement it. Very peacefull & staff are fab & cannot do enough to help, without being "IN YOUR FACE". We loved it. (Mum, Dad & 12 year old son). Lovely pub, with fab food & service just down the road.
The only think I would warn is, FOLLOW THE MAP PROVIDED - DO NOT TAKE THE SHORTCUT THROUGH THE MOUNTAINS; YOU WILL FEAR FOR YOUR LIFE ON SOME OF THE HAIR PIN TURNS. Driving around the mountain maybe longer, however takes just as long as driving through the mountain as you will have to drive as snail pace due to the narrow roads, & god help you if you have to pass another vehicle on the mountain pass.
DATE STAYED: September 2009
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples,Groups,Peaceful break,Younger couples
although the site is very nice the shower and toilet facilities are a big let down, especially at peak times. The showers are nothing more than a trickle of water and staff give various reasons for this from a water leak in valley, low pressure or water authority supply, choose which one you believe! Although I was told by site manager they work perfectly at 1.30am (should you be awake after a long day on scafell). I also must add that on the day we left 2 out of 3 of the mens toilets are blocked to the rim. The campsite was also overbooked in my oppinion as as the tents were pitched on top of each other which only added to the problems. NO WAY IS THIS A FIVE STAR FACILITY as boasted on site notice board.
We are a family of four (2 adults, a 3 year old, and a 5 month old) that stayed at the campsite for eight nights. The first night we stayed in our tent, and the other seven were spent in a pod. We had a fabulous time.
The campsite facilities were immaculate and staff were really nice and helpful. We chose to stay in a pod as our baby was so young and felt that it would be warmer for him than a tent as heaters and lights were provided. The whole family slept well each night and felt safe and dry throughout our stay.
We were able to buy everything we needed from the site shop, and our three year old had a great time on the trampoline and swings. There was plenty of space in the pod for all our luggage, food, and ourselves.
Pods are great! Try it, you might like it!!
What a lovely site, up to club site standards very clean and well maintained.
If you like walking you will love it. If you have family member's who don't enjoy walking or young children that are not easy to kept happy then don't bother.
Site has great access for scar fell pike and when we went up sky was clear what a treat it was and made the holiday complete and the steep climb worth it even if you only go part way it's worth the walk.
Hardkott Pass is another must if you enjoy driving you will enjoy this not for the novice driver can get a bit scary at times but has to be done.
You're in the mountains so if you need your mobile forget it no signal for your phone,T.V. etc (there is pay phone if you need it). Apart from roads a bit tight if you're happy to do Hardknott Pass you have good access to all the Lake District.
SUITABLE FOR: Active break,Peaceful break
Definitely one of the best sites I've stayed at! The whole site was lovely, we were made to feel extremely welcome and as though nothing was too much trouble.
Not only were the toilets, washing up area and shop all spotless, they were finished to an extremely high standard. Finishing touches around the site - fresh flowers in the toilets, local produce in the shop, fresh herbs growing in a trough in the camping field - did not go un-noticed.
An excellent site!
We have stayed at Eskdale several times now as it is an excellent site with wonderful clean facilities. Perfect base for walking with great dog friendly pubs nearby.
Always a warm and helpful welcome. Just a shame we cannot return as we now have a small caravan and unfortunately they are not allowed on the site.
DATE STAYED: April 2010
SUITABLE FOR: Older couples,Peaceful break,Younger couples
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