There’s no doubt about the star attraction when you head to the North-West – the wonderful Lake District in Cumbria, with its mighty fells and lakes, remains as alluring as ever. If you’re heading to the area, you’ll want to pick one of the best caravan parks in North-West England to stay at – and that’s where this guide comes in.

In our Top 100 Sites Guide, we reveal the best caravan parks from across the UK, giving you a helping hand in choosing the right campsite to stay at. We then break it down by region, for added ease.

In this round-up, we’re taking a look at the best caravan sites in the North-West, including dog friendly caravan parks and others that are ideal to head to for beautiful views. The region is a magnet for hikers in search of bracing views (and weather!) and for those seeking to bag one of the Wainwrights, the 214 peaks described in the guides by celebrated fell-walker Alfred Wainwright.

Elsewhere, visitors can enjoy Morecambe and Blackpool, or head to Liverpool and Manchester, famous for their music scenes and football teams…

The best caravan parks in North-West England are…

Meadow Falls

Thornton in Lonsdale, Ingleton LA6 3PD, http://www.meadowfalls.co.uk/

  • Open: 1 March – 30 September
  • Touring pitches: 40
  • Pitch+2+hook-up: £22.50-£30
Meadow Falls

A well-deserved win for this lovely family-run site on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, in the beautiful village of Ingleton. The park has camping, glamping pods and touring pitches, five of which are fully serviced and hardstanding. Facilities at the site include modern shower rooms, a play area for the children, a tuck shop, and a 200m dog-walk and dog-wash for your pooches.

In the charming Fairy Dell, you can wander through the trees to spot secret doors and hidden fairies. This is the perfect place to enjoy the star-filled night sky. Fire pits and barbecues are available for hire and this year, the park has introduced locally sourced farm produce for its delicious barbecue and breakfast packs, to go alongside its popular fire starter packs.

Out and about, you could climb the Yorkshire Three Peaks, explore the Ingleton Waterfalls Trail (a five-mile hike up stone steps, through forest paths, over bridges and past six stunning waterfalls) and take on what feels like an infinite number of walking routes in the Forest of Bowland and the Yorkshire Dales.

Nearby Ingleton has plenty of bars and restaurants to accommodate all tastes, including traditional pub grub at The Wheatsheaf.

Key features:

  • Regional Winner
  • Excellent facilities
  • Fairy Dell
  • Locally sourced farm produce

We say…

The winner of the best caravan park in North-West England provides a brilliant base for exploring some of Yorkshire’s most beautiful spots.

Bay View Holiday Park

A6 Main Road, Bolton-le-Sands, Carnforth LA5 9TN, http://www.holgates.co.uk/bay-view

  • Open: All year
  • Touring pitches: 25
  • Pitch+2+hook-up: £30-£37
Bay View Holiday Park

With views across Morecambe Bay to Grange-over-Sands, this splendid site is just outside the market town of Carnforth, in a good position for exploring the coast and further afield. Its eco-friendly environment has gained it a David Bellamy Gold Conservation Award. On site, there’s a dog-friendly restaurant in a converted farm building, an outdoor adventure play area, playroom, private shower cubicles, a disabled washroom and launderette.

Guests can access the leisure amenities at sister site Silverdale, and the park has a new dog-walk.

Key features:

  • Eco-friendly
  • Dog friendly
  • Open all year

We say…

This eco-friendly campsite is an ideal destination to head to if you want to explore the coast.

Charoland Farm

Greenhalgh Lane, Nr Kirkham, Preston PR4 3HL, http://www.charolandfarm.co.uk/

  • Open: 1 March – 31 October
  • Touring pitches: 10
  • Pitch+2+hook-up: From £22
Charoland Farm

This small, adults-only site on a working farm in Greenhalgh, Lancashire, is perfect for those in search of a quiet retreat. Set in beautiful countryside, there are plenty of walks and cycle trails, and the market town of Poulton-le-Fylde is only six miles away.

The bright lights of Blackpool are a nine-mile drive. On site, there’s a barbecue/ picnic area with a small raised pond at the centre of the park, and excellent amenities include a high-quality toilet and shower block with separate men’s and women’s toilets/showers. Dogs are welcome, but must be kept on a lead.

Key features

  • Open all year
  • Adults-only
  • Good walking and cycle trails nearby

We say…

If you want a peaceful stay in beautiful surroundings, Charoland Farm is well worth considering.

Green Acres Caravan Park

High Knells, Houghton, Carlisle CA6 4JW, http://www.greenacrescumbria.co.uk/

  • Open: 19 March – 31 October
  • Touring pitches: 52
  • Pitch+2+hook-up: £25-£30
Green Acres Caravan Park

This adults-only, dog-friendly site is just a few miles north of Carlisle, not far from the Scottish border. The excellent new washblock has men’s and women’s toilets with enclosed showers, and six luxury wet rooms. Other amenities include a launderette, and a dog-walk that leads to a quiet woodland area and public footpath. The site’s new sports hall houses a badminton court, darts, pool table and table tennis.

Bikes are available for hire and there’s an on-site token-operated car and caravan wash area.

Key features

  • Adults-only
  • Dog friendly
  • New sports hall
  • New washblock
  • Bikes available for hire

We say…

This adults-only caravan park in the North-West has some excellent new facilities, with the sports hall sure to keep people occupied.

Hillcroft Park

Hillcroft, Pooley Bridge CA10 2LT, hillcroftpark.co.uk

  • Open: 1 March – 6 January
  • Touring pitches: 56
  • Pitch+2+hook-up: £29-£48
Hillcroft Park

In the beautiful Lakes, near the pretty village of Pooley Bridge and Ullswater, this attractive park offers glamping pods, luxury lodges, holiday homes and self-catering cottages. The Buttermere Touring Field looks out over the site and across to Ullswater. The luxurious facilities building includes a shower block that was opened in 2018 by Johnny Vegas, no less, and there are disabled facilities, a shop, play area, nature walks and a games room.

Pets will love the doggy shower, and access to all those lovely lakeside walks.

Key features

  • Picturesque lakeside walks
  • Range of accommodation on offer

We say…

There are beautiful views on offer at this site in the stunning Lakes.

Park Cliffe

Birks Road, Windermere LA23 3PG, http://www.parkcliffe.co.uk/

  • Open: 1 March – 29 November
  • Touring pitches: 60
  • Pitch+2+hook-up: £33-£44
Park Cliffe

This green, pleasant park near the banks of Lake Windermere offers touring pitches, camping pods, statics, a shepherd hut and a holiday cottage. It’s a perfect spot for fans of outdoor activities, with the Lakes offering everything from climbing and cycling to hiking and watersports. The park has won a number of awards for conservation.

On-site amenities include a bar and restaurant, modern shower block, and for an additional fee, a private family bathroom. Children will love the park’s adventure playground and the newly refurbished games room.

Key features

  • Excellent amenities
  • Adventure playground on-site
  • Well situated for outdoor activities

We say…

If you want to try your hand at some outdoor activities, Park Cliffe could be the best caravan site in the North-West for you.

Ribble Valley Holiday Park

Hardacre Lane, Rimington, Clitheroe BB7 4EE, http://www.holgates.co.uk/our-parks/ribble-valley

  • Open: All year
  • Touring pitches: 8
  • Pitch+2+hook-up: £23-£28
Ribble Valley Holiday Park

This site, near the charming village of Gisburn in the Ribble Valley, is one of the newest of the Holgates group of parks. The rural location offers fantastic walking and cycling, and easy access to Skipton, Clitheroe and Colne. Further south you’ll find the Tolkien Trail, a 9km circular walking route that starts and finishes at Hurst Green.

The Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Yorkshire Dales National Park are a short drive away. On site, you’ll find private showers, a disabled washroom and serviced touring pitches.

Key features

  • Excellent walking and cycling routes nearby
  • Open all year
  • Good access to nearby areas

We say…

This campsite is the ideal location to head to for some enjoyable walking routes.

Silverdale Holiday Park

Middlebarrow Plain, Cove Road, Silverdale LA5 0SH, http://www.holgates.co.uk/silverdale

  • Open: All year
  • Touring pitches: 80
  • Pitch+2+hook-up: £42
Silverdale Holiday Park

Holgate’s flagship campsite is a superb park in the heart of the Arnside & Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and was our Regional Winner in 2020 and 2021. It’s only two miles from the seaside village of Arnside and an hour’s drive from the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and Forest of Bowland.

On site, there’s a huge indoor swimming pool complex, with two pools, a spa pool, sauna and steam room, gym, bar, café and restaurant, a bowling alley and a soft play area. There are also a number of dog-walks in and around the park.

Key features

  • Regional Winner in 2020 and 2021
  • Open all year
  • Excellent swimming pool on site

We say…

The Regional Winner for 2020 and 2021 is a great destination to head to for beautiful surroundings and good on site facilities.

Skelwith Fold Caravan Park

Ambleside, Cumbria LA22 0HY, http://www.skelwith.com/

  • Open: 1 March – 19 November
  • Touring pitches: 80
  • Pitch+2+hook-up: £31.80-£52
Skelwith Fold Caravan Park

This beautiful park to the west of Windermere offers a mix of accommodation, including 320 privately owned statics. The park has been carefully set out in woodland glades so it never feels crowded and with over 100 acres of woodland to explore, it’s great for dogs – there’s also a dog-wash.

The revamped playground has a zip-line and all-weather sports pitch, and the five-acre recreation area offers views of the fells and mountains. Site facilities include modern shower and toilet blocks, and a launderette.

Key features

  • Mix of accommodation available
  • Carefully set out to avoid overcrowding
  • Five-acre recreation area

We say…

This Windermere site is thoughtfully set out to offer visitors a peaceful stay.


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