Mountain campsites near Kendal

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Kestrel Lodge Camping

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

5 units · Glamping1 acre · Cumbria, North West England
Self-contained glamping pods in the Lake District's beautiful Lyth Valley
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Baystone Bank Farm Campsite

17 units · Motorhomes, Tents1 acre · Millom, England
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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Woodman's Huts

3 units · Glamping1 acre · Cumbria, North West England
Beautiful handmade shepherd's huts in the heart of the picturesque South Lakes
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£110
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Nearly-wild camping @ Heggs Farm

1 unit · Tent136 acres · Reeth, England
Get back to basics and immerse yourself in the joy of simple living with a nearly-wild camping experience @ Heggs Farm, Arkengarthdale--part of a collaborative, 200-acre renaturing project, spanning the northern tip of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Stretching from the wooded banks of the Arkle Beck, up to the dizzying heights of Fremington Edge, our site is a wonderfully biodiverse and off-the-beaten path spot, offering adventure-loving families and small groups the chance to unplug completely, and get a taste of no-frills camping, the way mother nature intended. What's more, every booking is for exclusive use of the camping area by you and your group, guaranteeing you a truly unique (and undisturbed) experience. Why Heggs? Get a taste of 'wild-camping' with a few bare bones facilities: Pitch up where you like, make the most of a private firepit cooking area, and enjoy our compost loo with a view. Our remote, no-frills site is the perfect intro to simple living; yet sits close enough to 'civilisation' to hike out for picnic supplies, and/or a pub dinner. Reconnect with nature through wholesome, unplugged activities: Fill your days with poo sticks, pebble skimming, and foraging for kindling. Spend your evenings playing scrabble by torchlight, identifying owl calls, and marvelling at the constellations in our Dark Skies conservation area. No wifi = no distractions. Explore endless routes right from the doorstep: Arkengarthdale is one of the Dales' most beautiful yet undiscovered valleys. Multiple bridleways and footpaths connect Heggs to Reeth and Langthwaite, running along both sides of the Arkle Beck, and up the slopes of Fremington Edge. Part of the adventure is getting here: Our walk/cycle-in-only camping area is all part of the magic of our tucked-away site. Free bag transfer is available to our farmhouse from the nearest public parking in Reeth or Langthwaite (40 mins walk), and the camping area lies a further 200m along a rough grass track. (Please note we cannot accept campervans or trailer tents). Every stay plants trees, literally: All profits from nearly-wild camping support our ongoing habitat restoration as part of the Heggs-Castle renaturing cluster. Enjoy the 'feel-good' factor as you roam free across the site and explore our latest woodland creation areas. Find out more at heggscastlecluster.org. What's included/provided with my booking? -Exclusive use of the camping area for you and your group (up to a max of 8 people), including compost loo and firepit with grill. -Access to weatherproof cow byre HQ for storage of camping equipment, including bikes. -1 x wheelbarrow load of firewood, with kindling and natural firelighters (more can be bought on site). -Unlimited potable water in canisters with taps. -Large Ghillie Kettle, firepit cooking utensils and heatproof gloves, biodegradable washing up liquid, washing up bowl, tea towels, first aid kit, fire extinguisher. -Bag transfer from/to the nearest public parking place on arrival and departure. Please pack everything else you need to sleep, cook (portable gas stoves welcome), eat, and keep yourself and your equipment safe; remembering that you’ll have to carry your own gear for the last 200m to the cow byre, and then beyond to wherever you pitch up. Note too that the site is completely unlit after dark, there are no charging facilities, and phone signal can be spotty. Headtorches, camping lanterns, and portable battery chargers are all strongly recommended. Where can I stock up? Our local businesses would love your support! Award winning bread, cafe-quality ready meals, and Thursday night pizzas can be pre-ordered for collection at Two Dales Bakery; the Bike Centre is known for its incredible cake selection (and excellent rental service); Reeth Post Office sells the usual camping cupboard staples, as well as local milk, cheese and sausages; and Reeth's Friday morning market has all your meat, cheese, and fruit and veg supplies covered. For dining out, there are five pubs within easy-ish walking/cycling distance: The CB Inn, The Bridge Inn, The Black Bull, The King's Arms and The Buck. Ramsay’s Fish and Chip Van also visits Reeth between 4-6pm every Friday evening; you’ll find it parked up in Langhorne Drive. Finished reading and not sure it's for you? Search for our off-grid annexe on AirBnB for simple, off-grid living with a few creature comforts e.g. hot running water, a bed and a bath. This can also be booked in tandem with our nearly-wild camping area, subject to availability.
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Fairy Bell Wood

1 unit · Glamping4 acres · Lambrigg, England
Fairy Bell Wood is four acres of native woodland with meadows and a large wildlife pond. There is a summerhouse on the pond, perfect for watching the dragonflies and other wildlife. From the clearing that Cumfrey Yurt sits in there are stunning sunset views over the nearby fells of the Lake District.
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Kentmere Farm Pods, South Lakes

4 units · Glamping1 acre · Cumbria, North West England
Modern glamping pods on a working South Lakes hill farm, with views down the Kentmere Valley
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Ewe Love Camping Pods

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

37 units · Glamping, Motorhomes, Tents1 acre · Carlisle, England
A welcoming, family-run farm campsite between the Lake District and Hadrian's Wall
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Catgill Farm Camping & Glamping

153 units · Glamping, Tents1 acre · North Yorkshire, England
Family camping and glamping on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales and a stone's throw from famous Bolton Abbey
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The Black Swan

3 units · Glamping1 acre · Kirkby Stephen, England
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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Cherry Trees Farm

2 units · Glamping4 acres · Wigton, England
Cherry Trees Farm Campsite is located in the northern part of the Lake District National Park. It offers wooden camping pods with stunning views of the Solway coast and the North Lakeland fells. It's a great place to stay if you want to explore the peaceful and beautiful county of Cumbria on foot or by bike. Despite its remote feel, the campsite is only a 15-minute drive from the M6 and there are nearby villages with pubs and stores. The wooden pods are located on the edge of a meadow and can accommodate two people. They come fully equipped with bedding, towels, kitchenware, and cooking utensils. Each pod has its own shower and compostable toilet, as well as a kitchen area with a gas stove and a sink with hot and cold water. And the best part is, each pod includes the use of a private hot tub to relax in after a day of exploring the fells.
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Mountain campsites near Kendal guide

Overview

Easily reached from the M6 but also perfectly placed for national park access, this tourist hub just outside the Lake District offers easy access to the fells, woods, lakes, and peaks the region is known for. Campers on limited time can tick off iconic Lake District landmarks such as Windermere, Skiddaw, or Scafell Pike without having to travel far, while those looking for something a little different can travel into nearby Lancashire in search of less famous outdoor destinations. Glamping and camping remain popular ways to soak up the Lake District atmosphere, with a range of holiday parks, luxury pods, and backpacking campgrounds offering options for all manner of Hipcampers.

Where to go

South Lakeland and the Furness Peninsula

Home to iconic attractions such as Windermere, Hill Top, and the Arnside & Silverdale AONB, South Lakeland is a destination for any Lake District newbie, particularly those with kids. Closer to Kendal, rural holiday parks and working farms provide plenty of overnight options, while coastal camps and glampsites can be found in their dozens down on Morecambe Bay.

Copeland and Allerdale

Discover coast, mountains, lakes, and cascades across these two diverse districts to the west of the park. The soaring peaks of Skiddaw and Scafell Pike are great for climbers and keen hikers, while Derwentwater or Bassenthwaite boat rides offer a more relaxed view of the scenery. The famous Coast to Coast Walk begins on the Saint Bees Head Heritage Coast in Allerdale, crossing the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales, and North York Moors on the way to Robin Hood’s Bay on the east coast, and is lined by no-frills field sites and luxury grounds along the way.

Howgill Fells and the Yorkshire Dales

Just east of Kendal, the Howgill Fells roll their way into the Yorkshire Dales, another of England’s must-see national parks. Moors, coves, peaks, and waterfalls draw climbers and all-terrain amblers, while the region’s back-to-basics sites and luxury grounds provide options for backpackers and glampers alike.

Forest of Bowland AONB

If you’ve somehow had enough of the Lake District, this ancient region of moorland and fells remains one of England’s hidden gems. About 90 minutes' drive from Kendal, the area is known for its diverse flora and fauna, hiking and biking trails, and dark skies, with quiet campsites and glamp sites offering ideal spots to soak up the stars.

When to go

As one of the wettest regions in England, Kendal and the Lake District enjoy year-round rain, though this is at its lowest around April. Like many of the region’s tourist towns, Kendal is busiest during the summer and school holidays, so skip these times if you’re after a more sedate experience.

Know before you go

  • Oxenholme Lake District is the closest station to Kendal and has direct connections to London and Edinburgh.
  • Public transport is relatively well connected throughout the region, though it can be useful to bring your own vehicle or bike.
  • Walk-ins aren’t accepted everywhere, so it’s wise to book ahead.
  • Many campsites hire out equipment. Otherwise, supplies can be purchased in one of Kendal’s outdoor shops, including Mountain Warehouse and Nevisport.
  • For cyclists the Grizedale Forest on the other side of Windermere is a great destination to head for and for fell walking.
  • The Lake District is not Kendal’s only national park neighbour—the town is also situated only a short drive from the Yorkshire Dales National Park, so a day spent walking, cycling or horseriding among its meadows and moors is another option for the active.

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