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The Old Chapel Campsite

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· Grizedale, England
1 acre hosted by Ted B.
30 tent pitches
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Nearly wild camping in the North Pennines

The Old Chapel Campsite offers back-to-basics camping in the Cumbrian countryside. Host, Ted, has simply set up a water supply and plonked a portable toilet in a grassy one-acre field on his smallholding to see if anyone wants to come. The answer is a resounding yes! This refreshingly simple site is a hit with people who love the outdoors. It may not have a swimming pool but there’s a brook that babbles by. There’s no designated children’s play area but there’s plenty of space to run around—as well as turkeys, chickens, and ducks tottering about. And, no, it doesn’t have a bar, but from sunrise to sunset, you can drink in lovely views.

Surrounded by fells, The Old Chapel Campsite sits on the edge of the North Pennines. This is the quiet side of Cumbria, it’s not far from the tourist trails through the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales but far enough to be peaceful. From here, a short drive will take you into either but there’s plenty of stunning scenery to explore closer to home as well. You can walk from site up onto Murton Pike and the higher fells beyond. In fact, if you’re walking the Pennine Way, this site makes a good stopping off point close to High Cup Nick.

Open from Easter to the end of September, this campsite is just the ticket if you like things on the wilder side—but still comes with a warm welcome. Ted is a lovely host who’ll welcome you to site by opening the farm gate into his field. He’ll sell you eggs, hire you a fire pit, and point you in the direction of The Stag Inn in nearby Dufton if you don’t fancy a campfire dinner. This is a wholesome place to stay, where dogs on leads are welcome. It can just as easily be the base for a peaceful holiday spent entirely here in the Eden Valley and North Pennines as a lovely place to retreat to after days in the nearby national parks.

The farm warmly welcomes families and provides essential amenities such as portable toilets, a hand-washing point, and a standpipe with clean tap water. The presence of turkeys, chickens, and ducks ensures a bountiful supply of fresh eggs, perfect for a delightful cooked breakfast. For your convenience, the nearby village is renowned for its peaceful ambiance, while the small town of Appleby-in-Westmorland and Dufton, with their inviting café and pub serving delectable homecooked meals, are within a 10 to 15-minute drive. When you're ready to embark on an adventure, the majestic Murton Fell awaits just a short 10-minute walk from the site, offering an invigorating hiking experience.
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15 Ratings · 12 reviews
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Olivia R.recommends
May 27, 2024
Old Chapel campsite
The old chapel campsite is a hidden gem (and so is Ted)! Ted’s expert knowledge of the local area and recommendations helped us navigate the idyllic scenery that surrounds the campsite. Ted greeted us at arrival and made us feel instantly at home. The ‘back to basics’ site is wonderful for a tech-free weekend (although I think this was the only area in the whole of Cumbria with 4G and phone reception!!) whilst surrounded by the wildlife and natural beauty of the fells. Ted offers fresh eggs and a fire pit on return. Ted’s land is perfect for a peaceful weekend under the stars and is well connected to the Lake District. We cannot wait to return :)
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Zosia D.recommends
May 26, 2024
Old Chapel campsite
Was such a good campsite in such a good area with very lovely hikes. Owner was also very lovely and helpful and we got some very tasty fresh duck eggs ! Would definitely recommend
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Karl F.recommends
May 14, 2024
Old Chapel campsite
Ted was an absolutely fantastic host and was extremely helpful. The location was very peaceful but only a 10 minute drive from Appleby town centre which has lots of nice pubs and restaurants. Will definitely be going again!
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Matilda G.recommends
May 13, 2024
Old Chapel campsite
It was fantastic! Such a beautiful campsite - loved being in and amongst the mountains and animals. Was extremely well priced as well
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Otis H.recommends
May 4, 2024
Old Chapel campsite
Lovely host, campsite was great and easy to find. Definitely will stay again.
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Talyia R.recommends
April 23, 2024
Old Chapel campsite
Very Peaceful Campsite
We loved our trip here. It is a hidden gem. The land is the epitome of peaceful, waking up to the sound of the river & sheep in the next field. Back to basics, with a solar toilet and water facilities. If you are looking for a safe base with nice views, and links to the Lake District & surrounding areas - Teds land is the place to camp. There is an honesty box at the entrance of the camp with amazing farm fresh chicken & duck eggs. Highly recommend and will be back. Thanks Ted.
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Grizedale, 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 Ted B.Joined in August 2022
From the host
The Old Chapel is a back to basics campsite nestled in the picturesque countryside near Murton Fell and the North Pennines. This idyllic location offers tranquility, with the added charm of chickens, ducks, and the stunning landscapes of the Lake District National Park just a short drive away. The farm warmly welcomes families and provides essential amenities such as portable toilets, a hand-washing point, and a standpipe with clean tap water. The presence of turkeys, chickens, and ducks ensures a supply of fresh eggs, perfect for a delightful cooked breakfast. For your convenience, the nearby village is renowned for its peaceful ambiance, while the small town of Appleby-in-Westmorland and Dufton, with their inviting café and pub serving tasty homecooked meals, are within a 10 to 15-minute drive. When you're ready to embark on an adventure, the majestic Murton Fell awaits just a short 10-minute walk from the site, offering an exciting hiking experience.
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The Old Chapel Campsite is in the Eden Valley, on the edge of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with fell walking all around. You can walk from site and find yourself on Murton Fell within 10 minutes. The Pennine Way long-distance national trail passes through the pretty village of Dufton, three miles away. It’s just a little further to the market town of Appleby-in-Westmorland. The edges of two national parks, the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District are both within half an hour’s drive of site too – opening up yet more opportunities for outdoor adventure and sightseeing.

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You can buy eggs on site at The Old Chapel Campsite but for more than that you’ll have to head further afield as there’s no shop in Murton or nearby Dufton. Appleby-in-Westmoreland, four miles way, has a good selection of shops including a Co-op. Dufton (just under three miles away) does have a pub: The Stag, which does great pub grub and there are plenty of options for eating out in Appleby too.

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