Campsites in Cumbria

Come to England’s northern end for mountainside pitches and sandy, bird-rich shores.

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Woodman's Huts

3 units · Glamping1 acre · North West England, Cumbria
Beautiful handmade shepherd's huts in the heart of the picturesque South Lakes
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Harebeck Holidays

8 units · Glamping, Motorhomes1 acre · Wasdale, England
Nestled between the Western Lake District Fells and the Irish Sea coast this site is situated on a working dairy and sheep farm. Farm tours can be arranged on arrival. A play hut with outdoor games, drying room with communal fridge and freezer (some units have their own small fridge). Natural hedges surround the site. Four fruit trees near the shower block Half a mile to Gosforth village with Shop, Bakery, Cafe, 4 Pubs providing food and an Italian restaurant. Gosforth and Seascale villages have play parks. Muncaster Castle, Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway, Wasdale, Scafell Pike and Sandy Beaches with Cafes selling local ice cream are nearby with most Lake District attractions within an hours drive and Edinburgh a three hour drive away. There are 5 campervan/motorhome pitches, a pod, a modern take on a shepherds hut with underfloor heating, a heated pod and two gypsy caravans with electricity to book. All pitches are on gravel positioned to enjoy views over farmland to Scafell Pike and other fells, they are surrounded by grassy areas with seating and a picnic table. A wooden play hut has outdoor games and toys inside. Awnings can be added on the 3 larger pitches. Tents can be pitched next to units for an extra £10 per night. Barbeques are allowed on gravel with our Gypsy Caravans having a campfire area. There is a communal fridge and freezer, outdoor drying space. Farm tours can be arranged. Wildlife and farm animals can be seen in the surrounding fields. Fresh vegetables and barbeque packs can be ordered with 24 to 48 hours notice. Grocery deliveries accepted from supermarkets. There is also a holiday cottage on the farm sleeping 6 over two rooms. Situated midway between the Western Lake District Fells and the Irish Sea Coast makes this site ideal for lower or higher level walks. Sandy beaches at Seascale and St Bees have cafes selling locally made ice cream alongside play areas to keep children happy. Scafell England's highest mountain is close by as are a number of Wainwrights. Nearby is Muncaster Castle and Gardens with its Hawk and Owl Centre, also Ravenglass (a Roman port with remains of a bath house),  you can ride up the Eskdale Valley on the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway (Laal Ratty). Perhaps take a stroll to Stanley Ghyll waterfall. They have a cafe at both terminuses with a museum in Ravenglass where nearby you can sample Ravenglass Ice Cream. Wasdale and Ennerdale are close by both valleys having cafes and pubs.
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Camping at Cardewlees

27 units · Glamping, Motorhomes, Tents1 acre · Carlisle, Cumbria
A welcoming, family-run farm campsite between the Lake District and Hadrian's Wall
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Baystone Bank Farm Campsite

17 units · Motorhomes, Tents1 acre · Millom, Cumbria
Lake District camping on a working farm with a stream to splash in, campfires encouraged and a horse-riding centre on the doorstep
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Howbeck Lodge

27 units · Glamping, Motorhomes, Tents7 acres · England
A dog-friendly farm campsite on the northern edge of the Lake District
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Garrison Shepherd's Huts

4 units · Glamping10 acres · England
Shepherd’s hut glamping near Hadrian’s Wall and the Solway Firth.
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Howdy Glamping

10 units · Glamping14 acres · North West England, Cumbria, Penrith
Sociable, eco-friendly glamping in the woods, 10 minutes' drive from the Lake District.
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Kestrel Lodge Camping

10 units · Tents4 acres · North West England, Cumbria, Keswick
A family-friendly Lake District campsite, nestled between the quiet shores of Bassenthwaite Lake and the beautiful Cumbrian fells
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Cairn Meadow Pods

4 units · Glamping3 acres · North West England, Cumbria
Glamping pods in Cumbria's secluded Eden Valley with views of the Pennines
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The Black Swan

3 units · Glamping1 acre · Cumbria, Cumbria
Our three, brand new wood and canvas yurts are nestled in our private, woodland hotel garden beside the beautiful conservation (SSSI) river of Scandal Beck. Just a short drive from The Lake District, The Yorkshire and Durham Dales as well as The Scottish Border, we are perfectly located for you to explore. The yurts themselves are individually decorated with full size furniture, electricity and double beds. The yurts are all located in the garden of The Black Swan Hotel, Ravenstonedale, a multi award-winning hotel, restaurant and bar; recipient of 2 AA Rosettes as well as AA pub of the year for England 2018/19. As part of your stay in our yurts you will receive a full cooked breakfast and buffet option included in the price for 2 people in our hotel restaurant. We like to think of ourselves as a cosy home from home with a relaxed dining atmosphere throughout. We are very dog friendly in the hotel, restaurant, bar and yurts so please bring your furry family members. Our beautiful woodland is also home to red squirrels (which are seen daily), protected, freshwater crayfish in the river, an otter (seen very infrequently but the nemesis of our ducks), 6 Indian runner ducks, free range chickens and our two cockerels! (Dogs are very welcome but are to be kept on a lead whilst in the woodland itself). We are very dog friendly and charge an additional fee of £15 for 1 dog/ £20 for 2 dogs for an additional cleaning fee and for some dog friendly goodies such as poop bags and treats. The price of this yurt is based on an occupancy of 2 people. Any other people who will be staying on the sofa bed will add a charge of £40 per person per night for breakfast and their stay. All yurts come with electrical battery pack, chargeable lanterns, tea/coffee, homemade biscuits, log burning stoves, towels, full breakfast included from the hotel, an outdoor seating area and access to our outdoor toasty warm woodland shower as well as our very cute, wooden toilet cabin. Hairdryers are available in the hotel for your use.
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Hadrian's Wall Country Yurts

2 units · Glamping1 acre · North West England, Cumbria
Two yurts with hot tubs in the Cumbrian countryside just a mile away from Hadrian’s Wall
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Ewe Love Camping Pods

3 units · Glamping120 acres · North West England, Cumbria, Penrith
Modern Lake District glamping pods among the trees, with exceptional views of Blencathra
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Campsites in Cumbria guide

For many, the northern county of Cumbria is indelibly linked to the Lake District National Park, a magnificent mountain landscape that takes up much of the region. But parts of the gentler Yorkshire Dales National Park also fall within Cumbria—as does the Eden Valley, the North Pennines, and a knockout sandy seaboard featuring the AONB and birdwatching destination of the Solway Coast. With some of the UK’s best walking, climbing, sailing, and cycling, visitors will find Cumbria the perfect outdoor holiday destination. Naturally, that means it’s an awesome place for camping too. The Lake District has the area’s best and most beloved campsites—use Kendal (southern lakes) and Penrith (northeastern lakes) as main transport links, and Keswick (northern lakes) as the other big park gateway. Sedbergh is well-positioned for exploring Cumbria’s Yorkshire Dales, and Carlisle for exploring the Solway Coast.

Where to Go

Lake District National Park

Britain’s most famous national park spills across much of Cumbria in a montage of lakes and mountains (or fells, as they’re locally known). Many campers come to canoe, kayak, sail or wild swim in the Lake District waters, while others come to walk the fells or conquer the highest peak in England, Scafell Pike. Countless hiking trails connect the striking scenery, where campsites are plentiful. Windermere’s train station makes an obvious starting point for adventure-seeking campers who should know that while wild camping is not technically permitted, it is generally tolerated for remote, one-night-only pitches.

Yorkshire Dales National Park

Despite its name, Britain’s third-biggest national park has a sizable western chunk within Cumbria, especially since park boundaries were extended to include the Great Asby Scar plateau, the Howgill Fells, the serene River Lune valley, and the hikes therein. The terrain is mainly high, exposed moors given special character by their lush and diverse dales. Cumbria’s gateway towns, Sedbergh and Kirkby Stephen, have good camping—just head up Garsdale or Dentdale from Sedbergh to the prettiest dale, Swaledale.

Solway Coast AONB

Spreading from Carlisle along to Allonby Bay—with a break around Silloth—the coastal marshes and sandflats of the Solway Coast were designated an AONB for their exquisite vistas. They also make up an exceptional bird reserve, receiving the likes of barnacle geese, pink-footed geese, and skuas. Silloth is the key camping spot, with pitches at several caravan parks. Access the area on foot from Carlisle via the long-distance Hadrian’s Wall path, which terminates at Bowness-on-Solway.

Morecambe Bay

Southern Cumbria’s share of Morecambe Bay includes a big dose of traditional seaside fun in the shape of the Arnside beach resort and the quiet (but beach-less) resort of Grange-over-Sands. The artsy market town of Ulverston and other charming old villages like Cartmel are also draws. While most of the bay is sandflats rather than accessible sandy beaches, its panoramas of wood- and marsh-rimmed shoreline are stunning landscapes for camping. Look for campsites south of Ulverston—including one overlooking a ruined priory.

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