The Top Five Lake District Campsites

The Top Five Lake District Campsites

If you’re planning on spending a weekend away in the Lake District, which is known for its idyllic walks and iconic landscapes, camping is a great way to experience what the area has to offer.

We’ve pulled together a collection of campsites that offer something for everyone, whether you’re planning a hiking trip or some time away with the family. 

Don’t forget to read our Camping Essentials Checklist to make sure you have everything you need for your next adventure.

Hoathwaite Campsite

Torver, Coniston, Cumbria, LA21 8AX

Ideal for: Back to nature camping and hiking.

For lovers of wild camping, this hidden gem in the heart of Cumbria offers a camping experience that will help you get back to nature and take advantage of the beautiful scenery that the Lake District has to offer. 

The National Trust campsite is ideal for backpackers and those travelling light, with plenty of space for tent pitches and the basic amenities to wash up and stay clean during your trip. There are no electrical hookups which gives you the chance to put down your devices and make the most of your peaceful surroundings.

Nearby attractions

Situated right next to Coniston Water, Hoathwaite Campsite is surrounded by idyllic countryside and plenty of great walking routes – an ideal base to access the Old Man of Coniston. There’s also a steam yacht gondola a short walk from the campsite that runs trips and cruises across the lake, offering a fun way to experience the scenery.

Facilities and amenities

Parking
Pets allowed
Onsite shop
Showers
Campervans allowed

Castlerigg Hall Caravan and Camping Park

Castlerigg Hall, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 4TE

Ideal for: Family camping trips.

If you’re looking for a great place to explore the Lake District or take the family away for a weekend of adventure, it doesn’t get much better than Castlerigg Hall. Situated a stone’s throw from Derwent Water, the campsite offers stunning views of the fells with woodlands nearby that are perfect for family expeditions.

The onsite facilities offer everything you’ll need for an extended camping trip including electric hookups, WiFi and a shop. It also allows campervans and caravans for those looking for a little more luxury.

Nearby attractions

Located in the heart of the fells, Castlerigg Hall Campsite leads onto plenty of great walking routes with some incredible scenery – perfect for photographers. There are also a selection of cycle routes that are ideal for family bike rides exploring the local area.

After a short walk to the north of the campsite, you’ll discover the mysterious Castlerigg Stone Circle, a heritage site which is steeped in history and has been a source of intrigue for centuries. This is a great photo opportunity and a fun learning experience for kids.

Facilities and amenities

Disabled access
Power hookup
Pets allowed
Onsite shop
Showers
Caravans allowed
WiFi access
Laundry facilities

Great Langdale Campsite

Great Langdale, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 9JU

Ideal for: Relaxing escapes, walking, and climbing.

The Great Langdale Campsite is a favourite amongst walkers wanting to experience the best of what the Lake District has to offer. Located close to some of the most iconic peaks in the area, you’ll never be too far from a new challenge.

Whether you choose to pitch up a tent, bring your motorhome or rent out one of the luxury glamping pods, you’ll be surrounded by incredible panoramic views during your stay. The campsite is one of only a few in the area that stays open all year round -great news for anyone planning a camping trip during the colder months.

Nearby attractions

For climbers and hikers looking for a challenge, this Lake District campsite is in the perfect spot. There are nearby walks on the Langdale Pikes and Bowfell, and scrambles on Pavey Ark.

You’re also never too far from a walking or cycle route where you can discover plenty of local historic sites such as The Armitt Museum in Ambleside, the Stickle Tarn Barn hydro powdered pub, the Old Dungeon Ghyll hotel, and The Langdale Boulders – two prehistoric art sites.

Facilities and amenities

Parking
Power hookup
Pets allowed
Onsite shop
Showers
Campervans allowed
Open all year
Laundry facilities

Waterfoot Park

Ullswater Lake , Pooley Bridge, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 0JF

Ideal for: Glamping and relaxing getaways.

Surrounded by ancient woodlands, the Waterfoot Park Campsite offers a peaceful escape in the heart of the Lake District. There’s plenty of space for tent pitches and motorhomes but if you’re looking for a more comfortable experience, the site offers some of the best glamping pods and cabins in the area.

Dog-lovers are welcome at Waterfront Park and will find plenty of great walking routes within close distance to the site. With an on-site shop, local pubs nearby and all of the standard amenities, it’s a perfect place to escape to nature while keeping the comforts of home.

Nearby attractions

The campsite sits alongside Ullswater which is known for being one of England’s most beautiful lakes – a perfect place for a walk or an incredible backdrop to relax and read a book. If you’re interested in local heritage sites, you’ll find Lowther Castle and its surrounding gardens just a short drive away. The location features beautiful architecture and is a great spot for photographers.

Facilities and amenities

Parking
Power hookup
Pets allowed
Onsite shop
Showers
Caravans allowed
Disabled access
Laundry facilities

Side Farm Campsite

Patterdale, Ullswater, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 0NP

Ideal for: Back to nature camping.

For the camping purists who want to get back to nature with little more than their tent and a few basic amenities, this is the perfect spot. You won’t find any glamping pods or lodges but you will find some of the best views in all of the Lake District.

Side Farm is located at the foot of Ullswater which offers an idyllic backdrop to a peaceful solo camp or weekend away with friends. Place Fell is just a stone’s throw away from the campsite and offers a rewarding hike with incredible views of the lake.

Nearby attractions

Nearby you’ll find access to Helvellyn via challenging Striding Edge, one of the lake’s most famous ridgelines. You’ll also find the Ullswater Steamers, a collection of authentic steamboats that provide relaxing, scenic cruises across the lake.

This is a great opportunity to find out more about the history of the local area and make the most of the beautiful surroundings. The cruises link up with local walking routes which makes it perfect for hikers planning trails to explore the area.

Facilities and amenities

Parking
Showers
Pets allowed
Laundry facilities

The perfect Lake District camping experience…

If you’re planning a trip to the Lake District, it’s a good idea to make sure you have all the gear you need for a comfortable and safe trip.

The Sea to Summit range includes premium lightweight tents, sleeping bags, and a wide range of camp kitchen essentials, perfect for any camping trip. Browse the full collection and update your camping kit ahead of your next adventure.

Don’t forget to tag #seatosummituk in your social media posts when you’re out exploring so we can share your experience and see how your camping trip went.