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Baystone Bank Farm Campsite

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· Millom, Cumbria, England
1 acre hosted by Jamie G.
17 motorhome/tent pitches · 7 motorhome pitches · 13 tent pitches
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Enjoy the comforts of home—including flush toilets, showers, and a kitchen.
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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110 Ratings · 203 reviews
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Collette B.recommends
June 24, 2024
Hard Standing Pitch EHU 5
Nice clean facilities, staff really helpful will definitely return 😀
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Chris K.recommends
June 3, 2024
Car Free Zone Grass Pitch 18
Fantastic place to stay ! Loved our stay and will be back in the future.
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Jon D.recommends
June 3, 2024
Grass Pitch by the Stream 3
The stream 3 pitch was great for access to the stream. Good space for tent.
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Helen E.recommends
June 3, 2024
Grass Pitch by the Stream 7
Views were lovely. Small enough to feel immersed in nature but great facilities. Even ice cream and pizzas offered!
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Luke H.doesn't recommend
May 5, 2024
Hard Standing Pitch EHU 5
bad organisation
the site had double booked and i had to go in the coner of a field and my van got stuck withoit a hool uk
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Will C.recommends
April 28, 2024
Grass pitch with EHU 1
A real gem in a quiet area
We stayed in some of the wettest weather we’ve camped in but the site was great. Very clean and practical ablutions block with a fridge. Good pitches with plenty of space. A ‘no noise’ policy after a certain time which suited us. It was in a quiet but great location in the western lakes. The shop was well stocked and the eggs and bacon butties from the little cafe were the best (according to my three kids)! Defo staying again.
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Millom, Cumbria, England, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
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Hosted by Jamie G.Joined in May 2018
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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