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1. Posted by ClareJones (Budding Member 3 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!


I intend to spend a few nights camping somewhere in the Lake District and I was wondering whether somebody could give me some advice on where abouts to go...

Also, while looking for campsites online I find that it is the big, family-orientated campsites that are most commonly advertised online. Can anyone suggest anywhere that is just a simple field (like one offered out to campers by a farmer) where I could stay? I don't really need any facilities I just want somewhere cheap to pitch my tent without breaking the law!

Thanks very much,


2. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

erm... which Lake District are you referring to exactly? The British Lake District?

3. Posted by planetblue (Budding Member 13 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

If you mean Lake District in UK, then I would suggest the Great Langdale Campsite or the one next to it further down the road closer to Ambleside.

Beware! on Google Earth is marked as Grate Langdale, not Great Langdale

If you need any hiking routes let me know


4. Posted by ClareJones (Budding Member 3 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Thanks very much! I'll definitely check those out. I'd love any advice on hiking routes - though I am not at the peak of fitness so less strenuous would be better!

5. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

I live just an hour from The Lakes (as they're called - locally). I camp up there whenever I have the time, during the summer and have done so many campsites in the whole region.
You want just a simple one in a field.... I can help you there with 2 little beauties.
Hawkshead is a small village nestling close to the West Bank of Windermere and right on the edge Esthwaite Water. In the village are two wonderful pubs doing locally made ales and excellent home-cooked food, catering for all tastes. There is also an excellent little supermarket that sells everything (within reason) a camper needs for a satisfying self-prepared bitta grub. Just 10-15 minutes walk out of Hawkshead, up towards 'Hilltop' (Beatrix Potter's house), are two great campsites. Very basic, but just what you're looking for. They're both farms, the sites are just fields and little more - with very basic facilities, but have shower blocks, toilets and rubbish bins. There is a small road running alongside both sites, but if you pitch your tent at the bottom - you can't hear any traffic at all. The top site (just a few minutes walk further up the hill) even has a little dew pond at the end of the field that's normally about 5 - 6 feet deep in the middle and the farmer is more than happy for people to go bathing (of sorts!!) in it.
Incidentally, the road that runs alongside both sites is not very busy. It's only a single track with passing places.
Once you've eaten in the morning, take a trek, or the local bus ("The Mountain Goat") over to Tarn Hows. One of the most beautiful stretches of water in the National Park. There, you can walk round it, cook your lunch and swim all day without restrictions. There's a tiny island within it where I often swim to, with my lunch and a few beers tied on my back in a plastic bag too - and just forget that there's anything to worry about.
So that's the Hawkshead area.
Alternatively, how about Coniston Coppermines....
It's a fair old walk up to the mines (now disused), but the walk out of Coniston (check out Coniston Water closeby - tremendous stretch of water) up to it, is awesome. Just past the hostel is vast open land where it's OK to pitch a tent free of charge. Done it many times. The views are a photographer's dream.
Have a great 1.

6. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Some good advice above.

You might be interested to know that wild camping, whilst a legal grey area, is openly tolerated by the National Park Authority in the Lake District - see this page of their website for more info.

I like the situation of Castlerigg Farm campsite, overlooking Keswick and near the stone circle and some good fells, but it's probably a bit bigger than you're thinking of. Side Farm at Glenridding is quite good too, especially if you're planning on tackling Helvellyn.

7. Posted by bwiiian (Travel Guru 769 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

I agree with Redpaddy, Hawkshead is lovely and I have also stayed at the campsite he mentions and I also recommend it. Very cheap and basic. A lot of campsites only allow couples or families so if you are going with a group of you you may have some problems, but not in the Hawkshead campsite, anyone can camp there but it is not rowdy or noisy.

8. Posted by Rich. (Budding Member 6 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Windermere is fantastic.

Last winter some friends and I went out on my friends boat up there, and found ourselves a secluded little spot under some trees.

The torrential rain made us feel like we were Bear Grylls or something!

Absolute quality, and incredibley picturesque.

9. Posted by ClareJones (Budding Member 3 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Thank you all very much!