The Lake District is an area of outstanding natural beauty in the north-west of England. It attracts large numbers of visitors from the UK and overseas with its stunning views, complex mountain range, waterfalls, ancient monuments and miles of miles of lush grass for walkers. This is an area of the world which has managed to maintain its natural beauty at a time when many similar areas have been radically commercialised. For those looking to spend a few days in the Lake District, or perhaps an extended period of time, we have searched for the top five campsites in the area.
Braithwaite Fold campsite
Situated at Bowness on Windermere in Cumbria the Braithwaite Fold campsite is one of the more popular in the area. Like so many of the campsites in the area it is great for couples looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and is situated within the National Park. It also has facilities for water sports and fishing which many people find relaxing. For those looking for a more active holiday, you can enjoy the steam cruise, dinghy sailing, powerboating and windsurfing all but a hop skip and a jump from the campsite. The site has 66 hard standing pitches with electric hookups and is laid out to give you space and security.
Situated just outside Kendall, the Windermere campsite offers stunning views over Lake Windermere, all within an area of outstanding natural beauty. Unlike some campsites, this particular facility is dog friendly which will go part way to explain its significant popularity in the region. Sometimes it is difficult to believe you are literally in the middle of a national park yet only a short journey from the hustle and bustle of tourist destinations such as Kendall. There are miles and miles of beautiful terrain for those looking for fresh air or if you prefer a more active holiday you can take up canoeing and windsurfing. This is a stunning campsite on the shores of the Lake District and offers the perfect break.
The Ravensglass campsite is yet another location deep in the heart of the Lake District with particular attractions for cyclists and those looking to take photographs of natural beauty. Just 500 meters from the sea front it is also seen as one of the best beach locations in the region. The campsite itself is set in six acres of mature woodland accommodating up to 75 caravans, motorhomes, trailer tents and tents. There are modern toilet and shower facilities on hand with an array of entertainment in the form of pubs which are just walking distance from the campsite. Again, this campsite offers a secluded spot for those looking for a quiet time with holiday entertainment also available just a hop skip and a jump away.
Among the main attractions of the Derwentwater campsite is its location for ramblers, the fact it is situated within a national park and it also offers excellent water sport facilities. For those who prefer a less “natural holiday” the campsite is just on the outskirts of Keswick which has an array of tourist shops and general facilities. The campsite has recently been refurbished and is attracting the attention of individuals and couples as well as families with children. Whether you are looking for a laid back and quiet time away from everyday life or you prefer a more active holiday, the choice is yours.
The Kendall campsite scores well on a number of different factors including its location, within the national park, its vicinity to some of the most beautiful walking tracks and like a growing number of campsites in the region it is dog friendly. While the hills and the peaks of the southern Lake District have attracted visitors in great numbers it is worth remembering that you are only 30 miles away from the Yorkshire Dales National Park. While the Kendall campsite has more than enough to entertain you for a short or long stay, those a little more adventurous may wish to hop over the border into Yorkshire. The site offers a great range of facilities for campers and you will not be short of something to do.
New campsites emerging
There are new campsites emerging on a regular basis right across the Lake District offering a mixture of active holidays or quiet serene breaks from everyday life. It is the beauty of the region which grabs the headlines but the people are extremely friendly, services are top-class and you have an array of towns and villages just a short journey away. On that basis, it is not difficult to see why the Lake District remains one of the most popular tourist destinations in the UK.