Heading to a Lake District caravan park will let you take in the area’s undoubted natural beauty, ranging from Scafell Pike to Helvellyn. It’s a truly wonderful region to tour, with the campsites in the area making great bases for partaking in water sports and embarking on some enjoyable walks with breathtaking views.
There are also plenty of beautiful towns and villages to explore too, including Keswick and Windermere, or alternatively, why not take a trip on the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway?
In this guide, we’re sharing our pick of some of the best Lake District caravan parks, to help you get the most from your tours to the area.
You can also take a look at our round-up of the UK’s best caravan parks, if you’re looking for other destinations to head to across the country.
Lake District Caravan Parks: eight of the best
Keswick Club Site
Crow Park Road, Cumbria, CA12 5EP, https://www.campingandcaravanningclub.co.uk
- Open: 1 Jan – 31 Dec
This Lake District caravan park has an excellent location, sitting on the shores of Derwentwater. It’s well-placed for visiting the picturesque town of Keswick, while Skiddaw can also be accessed easily.
Then there’s the Derwentwater itself; this beautiful lake is ideal to head to if you want to take to the water.
Other notable attractions to visit include Castlerigg Stone Circle and the Catbells – the latter may not be the tallest of the Lake District fells, but it will certainly provide you with amazing views of the area.
Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 0HY, skelwith.com
- Open: 1 March – 19 November
- Touring pitches: 80
A peaceful stay is sure to be provided at the picturesque Skelwith Fold, a site that may have 320 static caravans, yet avoids feeling crowded. It makes a brilliant base for embarking on beautiful strolls around the Lake District.
One place you can head to is the quaint town of Ambleside. It’s only 1.5 miles from the park, and provides a number of excellent pubs and restaurants. From there, you’re only a short walk away from Stock Ghyll Force too, a magnificent 70 foot waterfall.
It’s a dog friendly caravan site too, and you’ll find plenty of excellent locations to explore, ranging from woodland walks to strolls around Lake Windermere. The dog wash facilities will mean you don’t have to worry about any muddy paw prints appearing in your van as well.
There are two children’s play areas to keep little ones entertained, while the five acre recreation area provides excellent views of the nearby fells and mountains.
Park Foot Holiday Park
Howtown, Pooley Bridge, Penrith, CA10 2NA, parkfootullswater.co.uk
- Open: mid-March – mid-November
- Touring pitches: 200
This family-run caravan park is only a mile from the village of Pooley Bridge.
The site offers its own beach and launching facilities, and there is also the option of fishing on the Lake during the season, although you’ll need a rod licence to do so.
If you want to check out Ullswater, you can set off on a steamer which stops off at Pooley Bridge, Glenridding and Howtown along the way.
There will be plenty to do on site too, including a tennis, basketball and football court, as well as a children’s play area. Then, after a day of adventuring, you can head to TJ’s Bar & Restaurant for some delicious food.
Hill of Oaks Windermere
Tower Wood, Windermere, Cumbria, LA12 8NR, hillofoaks.co.uk
- Open: 1 March – 6 Jan
- Touring pitches: 50
Set in ancient woodland found on the banks of Lake Windermere, this picturesque Lake District caravan park makes an excellent base for taking in the beauty of the region.
The campsite is ideally situated for enjoying a number of activities. You can set off on a walk around Gummers Howe, which provides stunning views and is also home to a variety of wildlife. Another option is taking to two wheels to explore the trails on offer in the Lake District National Park.
The campsite also has its own launching facilities, should you have a boat you want to take on tour with you.
For something different, why not take a trip on the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway or alternatively, head to the Lakeland Motor Museum?
The Quiet Site
Ullswater, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 0LS, thequietsite.co.uk
- Open: All year
- Touring pitches: 70
This is a Lake District campsite that prides itself on its green credentials.
The carbon-neutral park, which is nestled in the centre of the Lake District National Park, provides walkers with a great base for some excellent expeditions.
This include a walk to the Ullswater Way, a 20-mile circular walk that lets you take in the spectacular views of the stunning area, while the campsite is also close to both Aira Force Waterfall and Lowther Castle.
On site facilities include a children’s games room, electric car charging points, and a bar that is hosted in a traditional Cumbrian barn.
Birks Road, Windermere, Cumbria, LA23 3PG, parkcliffe.co.uk
- Open: 1 March – 29 November
- Touring pitches: 60
This Lake District caravan park showcases the beautiful area at its best. Offering a peaceful stay, it’s only three miles from Bowness-on-Windermere and based near Lake Windermere’s banks too.
The park, which has won a David Bellamy Gold Conservation Award, has plenty of on site facilities on offer, including a games room, a bar and restaurant, a modern shower block and a children’s playground.
Thanks to its great location, you’ll be well placed for embarking on some outdoor activities, ranging from water sports to hiking
Pooley Bridge, Penrith, Cumbria, CA10 2LT, hillcroftpark.co.uk
- Open: 1 March – 6 January
- Touring pitches: 56
This family-operated site is set in the Ullswater Valley and is found near Pooley Bridge, a quaint village that is well worth exploring.
A useful shop is located on site, which provides a mixture of everyday staples and local produce, ideal for rustling up some delicious feasts in the evening. The campsite also has some luxurious facilities, including a shower block that was opened in 2018 by Johnny Vegas. Other features include a children’s play area, a games room and dog shower.
There are an array of walks to choose from in the area too, with Ullswater Way, a 20 mile circular route around the lake just one of the options. If you fancy a touch of history, you can always pay a visit to Lowther Castle and Gardens.
Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 4TE, castlerigg.co.uk
- Open: 6 March – 3 November
- Touring pitches: 75
Castlerigg Hall is another Lake District caravan park that’s perfectly situated for exploring the breathtaking area, as well as providing a great base for spotting wildlife. While you’re there, you may get to see deer, red squirrels, badgers and owls, while you’re only a 15 minute drive away from an observation point where you can take in the majestic sight of Ospreys.
Off site, you’ll find Keswick is only two miles away; upon arrival, you’ll be able to take a stroll through the quaint town and, if you’re touring with a canine companion, stop off at one of the area’s dog-friendly pubs.
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