Eskdale in the very west of the Lake District is one of the most beautiful regions in all of the national park. From the scenic steam railway that runs through the Esk Valley to the high peaks of Hard Knott, it’s not hard to find breath-taking views in this dramatic part of Lakeland. Further from the M6 and subsequently quieter and more remote, it's the ultimate destination for a Lake District camping or glamping holiday.
It might take a little longer to reach Eskdale in the far west of the Lake District National Park, but the extra time in the car will be well worth it if you prefer quiet and scenic pitches. Camping and glamping holidays here are in the shadow of the Lake District’s highest peaks meaning your campsite is likely to have a view to take your breath away. Stretching from Ravenglass, the Lake District’s only coastal village to its steepest road, the High Knott pass, this region includes views of England’s highest peak and easy access to Wastwater, the country’s deepest lake. Whether you’re here on your own to conquer the fells or bringing the family for a summer holiday, there are some great classic campsites to pick a pitch on. We’ve selected only the best to feature here and for those who haven’t got the camping kit, there are some great glamping options too. We’ve found places across the Lake District for glampers so whether it’s a bell tent, yurt, camping pod, cabin or shepherds’ hut you’re after you should find something among our collection.
Choose camping or glamping in Eskdale and you’re well placed to discover the Lake District’s many treasures. At 900 square miles it’s England’s largest national park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Although it’s home to England’s largest lakes, none of them can be found in Eskdale, Wastwater is the closest. Instead there are scenic mountain tarns, babbling becks, waterfalls and, of course, the River Esk. From its estuary at Ravenglass on the west coast to Boot at the foot of high peaks, classic Cumbrian villages offer quaint places to visit, often with a friendly historic inn to refuel at after days in the fells. If its walking you’re here for, grab an OS Map and go. There’s plenty to choose from and it’s possible to plot a route up Scafell or Scafell Pike from Eskdale Green. For something a little less challenging, perhaps visit the 60ft Stanley Force waterfall or the brilliantly-named Giggle Alley Woods to discover the remains of a historic Japanese garden. The best-known tourist attraction in this part of the Lakes is probably the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway which gives you a chance to marvel at the scenery without stepping out – or provides a handy way to return to the starting point of a linear walk. Historic sites include Muncaster Castle, Eskdale Mill – the only remaining water-powered corn mill in the Lake District, and the ruins of Hard Knott Roman Fort. For more information on things to do in the area visit the Lake District National Park website.
From the Esk Valley, to the high peaks of Hard Knott and Illgill Head, Eskdale in the very west of the Lake District is perhaps the most beautiful region in all of the national park. Further from the M6 and subsequently quieter and more remote, it's the ultimate destination for a Lake District camping holiday.