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Camping Holidays in The Lake District

With scenery that has inspired poets, literary geniuses and revered painters what better place could you come to for an inspirational trip of your own.

The Lake District National Park spans an area of 885 square miles and is located in the English county of Cumbria. For generations this has been a place for day trips, holidays and for ideal living.

Walking on the hills and fells is what it is famed for but there’s so much more to experience in this small and captivating corner of England.


The Lakes offer so much for families it’s no wonder that this is a popular family holiday destination. Whether it’s short or long family holidays you’re sure to keep the kids happy time and time again.

Walking is a prime activity in the area and there are well marked trails and footpaths enabling those of modest ability to engage with this majestic environment. If you’re more experienced then the high fells and narrow paths of Scafell Pike and Helvellyn offer a superb and rewarding challenge. There are plenty of books and guides which can advise on where to go and at what difficulty they are rated.

But the Lake District is also, as its name suggests, famed for its lakes. This of course offers a whole raft of different waterborne activities to participate in. Whether it’s water skiing, sailing or canoeing you can give them all a try here. But if it’s peace and quiet you’re after many of the lakes have restrictions and so the motorised vessels are kept at a distance and they are safe places for kids to go paddle or just have a picnic at the water’s edge if you’re not that brave!

The Lake District is like an adventure playground on a grand scale. There are plenty of opportunities to get involved. As a family you can learn about the natural flora and fauna of the Lakes and go find your inner naturalist by discovering what’s out there.

If adventures are what you are after then there are plenty of other family activities to get involved in. From tree top trekking, adventure playgrounds and wildlife parks there’s plenty to keep all well amused for days and days!

Campsites in the Lake District

Camping is an excellent way of engaging with the landscape in this area. Campsites are numerous and with excellent facilities. Often located close to amenities in a town or village but more remote ones are available.

In keeping with today’s desire for up-market camping, or ‘glamping’ as it has become known, there are opportunities in the Lakes to stay in any variety of tipis, pods, yurts and tent cabins. These offer all the luxuries of a hotel but still with the rustic and outdoor charm that people just love about camping.

Holiday Parks in the Lake District

Things to do

Coniston Boating Centre

Located on the shore of Coniston Water, which is the third largest of the lakes. This is the place to go rent your vessel of choice; motor boats, rowing boats, canoes or sailing boats. Go have a fun filled water adventure on the 5 mile long lake. Happy family memories are sure to be made!

Rydal Mount & Gardens

The family home of William Wordsworth, one of our literary greats. Located between Ambleside and Grasmere he was inspired to write some of his most famous works in this very area so it surely must be worth a look.  Complete your visit with a roam around his garden which remains very similar to how the also keen landscape gardener within him left it. A tearoom serves fine refreshments as required.

Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway

From the coastal village of Ravenglass take the 7 mile route up to the foot of Scafell Pike. The scenery along route will make you want to come back time and time again. With seven stops on its way feel free to explore the landscape through which it travels. If you’re lucky you might get on one of their steam engines to truly feel like you’re travelling back in time. An exhilarating day out whatever the weather!

World of Beatrix Potter

No childhood is complete without a bedtime story courtesy of the pen of Beatrix Potter. This attraction is the perfect day out to get closer with your favourite characters. Located amongst the beautiful Cumbrian countryside, where many of the adventures took place, go experience for yourself the wonderful world of Peter Rabbit and friends.

Getting there

Located in north-western England the Lakes are in easy reach for most. Just over a 70 mile drive from the centre of Manchester with its international airport and busy train stations this serves as an excellent gateway for getting there.

As far as public transport goes there are regular trains to Oxenholme near Kendal in the south of the area and Penrith further north making this an excellent way to reduce your carbon footprint in a truly unspoilt environment helping to make sure it stays that way.

Written by of Family Camping Reviews

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