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Unforgettable Lake District Camping Sites

The best campsites in the Lake District

The Lake District is, unsurprisingly, one of the most popular regions in the UK for a camping holiday. Whether you choose to camp on the shores of Derwentwater, by beautiful hillsides in Kendal or opt for water-based fun at our Windermere campsite, you’ll instantly want to keep coming back for more. Campsites in the Lake District allow you to take life at your own pace, whether that be enjoying the vast waters or an amble around local shops and pubs.

Lake District camping FAQs

What are the best campsites in the Lake District?
Braithwaite Village, Derwentwater, Kendal and Keswick are some of the most popular campsites, but you’ll find that all of our Lake District campsites are within easy access of local villages and in great proximity to attractions.
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Can I go wild camping in the Lake District?
The rules on wild camping in the UK are complex; please read our guide to wild camping.
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Are there any good family campsites in the Lake District?
Our campsites have their facilities listed to make finding a site suitable for you and your family quick and simple. Look out for facility icons such as play area, parent and baby room and washing machines. View our top family campsites.
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Can I go glamping in the Lake District?
Yes, we have several glamping sites available. View our glamping campsites and self-catering accommodation to find out more.
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Which campsites in the Lake District are open all year?
View a list of our campsites which remain open all year around, including those in the Lake District.
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Are there adult only campsites in the Lake District?
View our member exclusive adult only campsites or our quieter campsites, ideal for any camping holiday in the Lake District and available for non-members.
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Can I go tent camping in the Lake District?
Our campsites in the Lake District are great for a tent camping holiday! We offer a mixture of grass pitches, both with and without electric. You’ll find pitch types listed on campsite pages by following the links in the map above or by searching.
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Things to do and see while camping in the Lake District

Must visit:

  • Derwentwater for water-based activities and walking
  • Windermere for a variety of attractions and things to do
  • Grasmere for breath-taking scenery
  • Scafell Pike which is the highest mountain in England
  • Muncaster Castle
Caravans and motorhomes pitched on Keswick Campsite in the Lake District 

Sightseeing in the Lake District

With complex natural landscapes and a long history, there are plenty of scenic areas to explore.

  • Scafell Pike – As the highest mountain in England, this is a great challenge for avid walkers.
  • The Castlerigg Stone Circle – Dating back to 3000 BC, Castlerigg makes a lovely dog walk and gives an insight into the Neolithic and Bronze Age past.
  • Grasmere – The entire village of Grasmere offers picture-perfect scenery. Make sure you visit Faeryland Café for incredible views of Grasmere Lake.
  • Ambleside – The town of Ambleside is a great base for walkers looking for great views. The walk to Stockghyll Force, a small waterfall, isn’t too strenuous but takes you through lovely woodland. Alternatively, Jenkins Crag offers spectacular views over Windermere.
  • Wastwater – The glacial lake, also the deepest in England offers what was voted Britain’s Favourite View in 2007 at the south-western end of the lake.

Explore the Lakes

Although there’s only officially one lake, Bassenthwaite Lake, there are plenty of reservoirs and bodies of water to explore. Here are a few recommendations:

  • Derwentwater – South of the town of Keswick, Derwentwater is around 3 miles long. Walking, cycling and exploring the water on a boat trip are popular activities. Stay on our Keswick Club Site for direct access to the water.
  • Windermere – Surrounded by mountain peaks and pretty villages to explore, Windermere is a busy hub in the Lake District. Take a boat trip, try out water sports or walk one of the many scenic trails around the water and town.
  • Coniston Water – With shops to explore and cafes and pubs to grab a bite to eat, Coniston Water is just half a mile from the pretty village of the same name. Coniston Water is great for walkers and anyone wanting to visit the Tilberthwaite Slate quarries.
  • Ullswater - At approximately 9 miles long, Ullswater has plenty of scenic walking routes and is a great location for anyone wanting to try out sailing.

Outdoor activities in the Lake District

The Lake District is a walker’s paradise at 40 miles across and approximately 100 miles in circumference with over 1,800 miles of well-signed footpaths for all levels of ability to choose from.

If you’re an experienced walker some of the most popular peaks include Scafell Pike, Skiddaw, the Old Man of Coniston and Catbells. Do your research and go prepared as some of these climbs can be challenging in poor weather. There are plenty of shorter walks around the lakes, towns, and villages that all come with beautiful views and surroundings.

With some of the largest bodies of water in Britain, there are plenty of direct access points to launch small boats. For sailing, canoeing, kayaking, windsurfing you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Both mountain bikers and those preferring a more gentle, scenic ride will easily find a trail to take on. You can take off on two wheels from any of our touring caravan sites in the Lake District.

For thrill seekers, activities including climbing, caving and abseiling are also popular in the area with plenty of activity centres offering instructors and equipment for hire.

Waterside camping

You can’t beat waking up to views across the rippling waters in some of the most scenic locations in the Lake District. Our Keswick Club Site is right on the shores of Derwentwater with direct boating access, so you don’t even have to leave the site to make the most of the water.

More Lake District attractions

Campsites in the Lake District offer plenty of activities and major attractions within easy reach including a variety of museums and galleries, castles, historic houses and family attractions.

  • Honister Slate Mine is the last working slate mine in England. Take a tour to learn all about the history of the underground tunnels or, opt to climb the mine led by an experienced guide.
  • Muncaster Castle and its gardens which stretch over 70 acres of woodland make for a great day out. Explore the rooms and corridors once inhabited by the Pennington family or take your dog to roam the scenic grounds.
  • Take a cruise on Windermere. Sit back and enjoy the sounds of gently lapping water accompanied by the stunning surroundings.
  • Visit the home of Beatrix Potter, Hill Top which is owned by the National Trust. The 17th-century farmhouse houses a collection of objects left in the house by Beatrix Potter including works on paper and original artwork.
  • William Wordsworth bought Dove Cottage in 1799 after falling in love with the building when he visited the Lake District. A guided tour shows what everyday life would have been like for William and his sister Dorothy.
  • The Lakes Distillery offers tasting tours of the working facility producing gin, whisky and vodka. You can also book in to meet the alpacas that live on the grounds.
  • Take a cruise with Ullswater Steamers and marvel at the spectacular views including Wordsworth’s daffodils in the spring.

Family Days Out

  • The Lake District Wildlife Park is home to over 100 species including monkeys, birds of prey, zebras and many more. The family-friendly park makes a great day out and the café sells homecooked locally sourced food.
  • The World of Beatrix Potter brings to life the famous stories we all know and love. The self-guided exhibition and gardens follow the stories of your favourite characters. Hop on board a lake cruise which stops off near the attraction or park nearby.
  • The Puzzling Place is full of puzzles and illusions to keep the entire family entertained. In the centre of Keswick, this makes a great activity for a rainy day and the shop sells all kinds of puzzles and gadgets to keep kids entertained back at camp.
  • The Lakes Aquarium is home to local wildlife as well as animals from around the globe. Diving ducks, clownfish, otters, piranhas and more are all waiting to meet you. The fully accessible aquarium makes a great day out for the whole family.

With a plethora of activities available and fabulous attractions to visit, camping in the Lake District is the perfect holiday choice!

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