Campsites near Keswick

From Skiddaw’s impressive peak to the balmy banks of Derwentwater, there’s much for campers to explore around this tourist hub.

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Campsites near Keswick guide

Overview

Camping in Keswick puts you at the heart of the Lake District National Park. As the region’s major tourist town, it is a convenient launch point for exploration, with several major peaks, lakes, and trails all within easy reach. Walkers, climbers, and paragliders can get their kicks in the fells that surround the town—Blencathra, Skiddaw, Grisedale Pike—while water babies can spend a day on nearby Derwentwater or head just a little further to the Cumbrian coast. Glamping is an increasingly popular way to soak up Allerdale’s outdoor atmosphere, though traditional campsites and holiday parks are still a mainstay of the region. Keswick's fantastic location has made it a hub for outdoorsy types with many classic camping sites where you can pitch up in the shadow of the peaks and on the shores of the water.

Where to go

Keswick and Allerdale

There’s no need to travel far outside of Keswick in search of quality camping spots. Holiday parks, farm sites, and lakeside lodges can be found around Derwentwater and Bassenthwaite, providing easy access to Allerdale’s other outdoor attractions, such as the Skiddaw peak and Crummockwater. The Allerdale Ramble passes through many of these, guiding ramblers and riders from Keswick all the way to the West Cumbrian coast.

Copeland and the Eskdale Valley

Another must-see region in the Lake District, Copeland is home to England’s highest mountain, Scafell Pike, which poses a fair challenge to keen hikers. The Coast to Coast Walk is another popular rambling route, connecting the Saint Bees Head Heritage Coast to Robin Hood’s Bay on England’s east coast. Campsites can be found throughout the Eskdale Valley, allowing weary travellers to soak up the sights after a hard day’s hiking.

South Lakeland and the Furness Peninsula

Home to England’s largest lake, Windermere, as well as the Morecambe Bay coast and Beatrix Potter’s former home, this region is a destination for families, with kid-friendly campsites and accessible walking routes providing plenty to keep little ones entertained. The Arnside & Silverdale AONB is another family favourite in the area, thanks to its abundant wildlife and regular events.

Eden Valley and Beyond

With the Lake District to the west, North Pennines AONB to the east, and Yorkshire Dales to the south, the Eden Valley is a convenient gateway to many of England’s protected landscapes. From discovering enormous waterfalls such as Cautley Spout and High Force to following long-distance trails deep into the heart of England, this region offers something for every Hipcamper, while caravan parks, farm sites, and glamping grounds provide plenty of overnight options.

When to go

The Lake District is among the wettest regions in England, with showers common even in summer. Crowds typically descend during the warmer months of July and August to enjoy the region’s regattas and festivals. Adventurers after a quieter time should aim for autumn or winter, keeping in mind that fell walking can have its own challenges in the colder weather.

Know before you go

  • The closest train station is in Penrith, which has a direct connection to London Euston.
  • Public transport is fairly reliable in the area, though it can be more convenient to have your own vehicle.
  • Several local agencies offer hiking tours for visitors with mobility restrictions. Check the official Keswick website for more information.
  • Not all campsites accept walk-ins, so it’s worth booking in advance.
  • Keswick has several outdoor supply shops in its town centre.
  • If you prefer two wheels to two feet, there are excellent purpose-built mountain biking trails at nearby Whinlatter Forest.

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