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Baystone Bank Farm Campsite

· Millom, Cumbria, England
1 acre hosted by Jamie G.
6 motorhome/tent pitches · 2 motorhome pitches · 2 tent pitches
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Lake District camping on a working farm with a stream to splash in, campfires encouraged and a horse-riding centre on the doorstep

Baystone Bank Farm has the feel of farm from time gone by. In the south-west of the Lake District, at the foot of White Combe mountain, it’s setting is as English as they come. Traditional Swaledale sheep dot the surrounding slopes and a mighty Shire horse grazes in the neighbouring field, as if an old horse-drawn plough has just been unshackled. This is ‘rural’ defined.

Through the centre of the site runs a small and very paddle-able stream, its waters funnelled down from White Combe and Black Combe, the hulking mountains that rise north of the campsite. Across the stream a collection of non-electric grass pitches are perfect for tent campers, while, on the nearer side, more grass pitches are joined by slate grey hard-standings for campervans or caravans. In total, the campsite still remains a small and peaceful affair, with space for kids to run free and build dams in the stream, while parents enjoy the tranquillity of pitching on one the Lake District's smaller, lesser known campsites.

Those who want the location but without the camping are also catered for. There’s a handful of pre-pitched bell tents, decked out with proper beds and soft furnishings, and a custom-built, timber roundhouse set on the campsites raised terrace area. There’s also a separate orchard, through a gate at the end of the site, which has been specifically set aside for groups of campers, who want to book together and have a space all to themselves.

The campsite is just one of many feathers in Baystone Bank’s hat. Along with continuing to farm Swaledale and Blackfaced sheep on the surrounding fells, it is also home to the Cumbrian Heavy Horses Riding Centre, where you can saddle up on the largest of horse breeds, including shire horses and Clydesdales. There are steeds for all sizes though, and all levels of ability, so campers are welcome to saddle up and head out on one of their guided hacks.

Those who prefer two feet to four need no telling that the walking here is excellent. Several footpaths run right through the farm’s own land and trekking up to the top of White Combe and along the ridge to Black Combe is a must. Standing in isolation as the ridge does, it offers excellent all-round views, of the Irish Sea to the west and across the crinkling mountains of the rest of the national park to the east. In the distance below, the likes of Muncaster Castle, the Esk estuary and the North Walney National Nature Reserve all offer just a glimpse of the many other attractions on the doorstep.

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Millom, Cumbria, England, United KingdomTraditional, ancestral territory of various First Nations according to To respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Jamie G.Joined in May 2018
97 Ratings · 195 reviews
Ed P.recommends
October 9, 2023
Grass Pitch by the Stream 2
Jamie's site is in a beautiful, easy to find location. We were welcomed by friendly and helpful staff. Excellent facilities: on site cafe/shop, clean showers, toilets and washing up with plenty of hot water. We visited in October which was mild but very windy. It would be worth considering extra guy ropes and pegs for larger, broadsided tents and gazebos for a little extra stability. Each pitch has a fire pit and bags of logs are available to buy. Spending the evening around an open fire next to a babbling stream was magic. Thoroughly recommended.
Rhys P.recommends
September 10, 2023
Grass Pitch by the Stream 3
Beautiful spot
Super nice spot tucked away in the Western Lakes, the campfires are such a plus! My daughter loved all the animals around and having the stream next to the camper van was awesome. Will 100% be back
Victoria J.
August 21, 2023
Grass Pitch by the Stream 3
Lovely spot for camping.
This is a really lovely campsite. Friendly owner and staff, clean and tidy facilities and a beautiful setting by the river. The café onsite is a real plus. We’ve not been at a site that allows amplified music before. There were guidelines for quiet times, though our neighbours didn’t heed them. The peace was reduced a fair bit by two days and nights of euro dance from the pitch next door. We would return as it’s lovely, however would choose a different pitch, away from the central space to avoid the music.
Holly E.recommends
August 8, 2023
Car Free Zone grass pitch 11
Great campsite for dogs
Helpful staff and felt safe. Quiet and calm with good rules for campsite etiquette. Would highly reccomend and will visit again.
Max B.recommends
August 6, 2023
Car Free Zone Grass Pitch 12
Beautiful location, pretty central to the main attractions of the Lake District. Helpful and polite staff, clean facilities and plenty of space - The Mighty Sun
Monica P.
July 30, 2023
Caravan or Motorhome Pitch EHU 2
Overall it was a great trip, the facilities are great & well maintained, site was easy to find & good location to get around the south lakes. However, we had quite a rude / unfriendly welcome due to colleagues not communicating with each other about our arrival time. This put a slight damper on our weekend and we felt awkward around the site at first but I would still recommend the site!
From the host
Baystone Bank Farm Campsite is a small family campsite situated at the foot of Black and White Combe in the picturesque Whicham Valley within the South Western borders of the Lake District National Park. Whether relaxing with your family, having a base for activities, having a romantic break, walking the miles of footpaths starting right here or simply exploring this beautiful and unspoilt part of Cumbria we offer a fabulous location for your holiday! With miles of pristine beaches just 5 minutes away this area offers a multitude of things to do, from simply getting out into the countryside, castles with huge gardens to explore, joining us here for a ride out with the UK's only British Horse Society Approved Heavy Horse Riding Centre 'Cumbrian Heavy Horses', or simply relax on site, listen to the burbling stream which runs through the site, get the BBQ going, and enjoy the tranquillity!  Be it camping, glamping in the bell tents or booking to stay in our own unique 'The Roundhouse accommodation, or a stay with your motor home or caravan we can cater for your requirements! We have a special area, 'The Orchard' for private bookings, which is fenced separately and is secure - ideal for groups.  - Dogs are welcome as long as they are kept on leads at all times due to the farms horses and other animals. Also on site is world renowned Cumbrian Heavy Horses, a unique riding centre in that they use the magnificent Shire, Clydesdale and other pure heavy horse breeds for riding...with rides to suit all abilities this can be a fabulous addition to your holiday! Baystone Bank Farm is also a working fell farm, we have Swaledale and Scottish Blackface sheep, chickens, cats and dogs as part of our family! Local stores, traditional pubs and restaurants are situated within a ten minute drive of the farm. The site is open all year (including camping for the hardy!), although parking on the grass is not allowed in wet conditions, please park your vehicle in the car park (only a short walk from your pitch). The bell tents are seasonal, available to hire from Easter until the end of October half term We hope you will enjoy your visit and come back to join us in future!
Nearby attractions

Across the meadow is Baystone Bank Farm's very own horse riding centre. It is the world's only BHS-approved Heavy Horse Riding Centre (07769 588565 or 01229 777764), with magnificent shire horses with their great shaggy feet along with other breeds such as Clydesdale, Suffolk Punch, Brabant and Percheron. There are miles of fabulous riding routes on the private farmland and beyond and a variety of horses to suit all levels of experience. Rides are carefully organised as instructional hacks, with tuition, and start from 1½ hours (longer fell and beach ride experiences are available to suit experience levels). For those who prefer to stay on their own two feet, there are endless walking opportunities. A series of footpaths run through the farm, with routes up both Black and White Combe (the foothills are accessible from the campsite) and the rest of the national park on your doorstep. Coniston Water (10 miles) is the closest of the main lakes nearby, but there are several smaller tarns that you can walk around, too including Rydal Water and Tarn Hows. Grizedale Forest is only 30 minutes drive away and offers miles of fabulous off road mountain biking.

Food and drink

It's a 5-minute drive or a half hour walk to The Punch Bowl Inn (01229 774457) in the local village of Hallthwaites. The pub is right opposite the village hall (and the bus stop) and is rather unassuming looking from outside. There are outside tables round the back, though, and the food is decent and well priced. Best to ring the Punch Bowl to reserve a table though as they are not open on certain days during the winter months. For more options, drive the 10 minutes to Broughton-in-Furness, where there's a trio of good pubs open all year round.  There is also the Beach Cafe at Haverigg by the sea where there is a playground for the young ones which is also about 8-10 mins away and the Harbour pub which is reasonably priced and offers a 3 course Sunday lunch which is good value.

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