We paid £95 for 2 nights in a Standard Regular Pod to stay on a weekend in June. Due to coronavirus we then had to move our booking to mid-week in August. The pods were more basic than I had expected and I was surprised that there was no lighting inside, other than a very small table lamp which rested on the floor that could be plugged in. We mostly used torches when we were inside the pod as it was very dark as only had 1 tiny window at the back.
There were 2 electric sockets, from which you could run the lamp, the mini heater provided and we charged our phones. I hadn't realised that there were no camping beds, just 2 fold-up mattresses on the floor. When we unfolded the mattresses they were covered in a white sticky dried liquid, which wasn't pleasant so first had to wipe them down, then covered with blankets we had brought with us. Otherwise the pod appeared clean - other than the many many carcasses of squashed flies on the walls! (gross)
We stayed in August and it was sunny, so the pod was like an oven when we first opened it up! During our stay we had to keep the door open to let some air in, but unfortunately, despite our best efforts and lots of bug spray, this also meant lots of flies got in! We had to kill 20 before going to bed one night! and got bitten by midges quite a lot, either whilst sat outside or whilst asleep.
We booked a pod as there are no dogs allowed and I have allergies. The tipis and bell tents on site also looked like good options for places to stay. We were in Illgill pod which, although seemed to be the worst location-wise as right near the main path, was still very quiet and perfectly satisfactory for our 2 night stay.
Arrive from 3pm, check out by 10am. We arrived 6ish and were buzzed through the carpark barrier, I then went to main reception and our key was in an envelope in a ducket on the outside of the building, so you didn't even have to go inside if you didn't want to. There was a map inside the envelope too, to show you the location of your pod and the facilities which was very useful - although not all the water taps were marked on this. Lots of space amongst the tents in the various pitching areas, despite being fully booked, possibly due to new covid restrictions.
The toilet and shower block was very clean on our first day, less clean on the following days and a little smelly. The building appears to be quite new. The individual showers have a very small bench inside the unit to place your belongings off the wet floor, and a hook on the back of the door. Showers are free to use, but do time out after about 20 seconds so you have to keep pressing the button. The water in the shower only runs hot, and it is HOT! Much hotter than I have my showers at home. I imagine this will be nice in winter but in August when it's nearly 30 degrees you really want the option of a cool shower!
The water in the taps also cannot be temperature controlled, some seemed to run colder than others. There were plenty of toilets, showers and sinks - I never had to wait despite the site being fully booked. There were also sinks outside of the building so you could wash up your cooking pots and plates. There was a sign asking for masks to be worn in the toilet/shower area, but I never actually saw anyone wearing masks.
There were a couple of electric hook up points in the campsite areas and a couple of taps, which we used to refill our water bottles several times and the water was always nice and cold. There was also a drying room, to dry off any wet clothes or gear. We did not use the shop as we had brought all our food with us for our stay.
There is no internet or wifi, but for us this made a welcome break from reality! Although as we climbed up Scafell Pike we did actually have a signal for most of the way.
The roads leading to the campsite are single lane for about half an hour, so I would avoid approaching in the dark if at all possible, especially if unfamiliar or uncomfortable with narrow country lanes.
Wastwater Lake is approx 1 mile away, recommended for the views and for wild swimming in England's deepest lake.
I had read that Wasdale Head Inn is only 10 minutes walk and that is serves good hot food and has a crackling fire. However, we cooked on our bbq both nights of our stay. Apparently, Ritson's Force is a small waterfall situated behind the Wasdale Head pub, across a horsepack bridge and through a couple of fields, not that well known but worth finding.
We chose this campsite due to its location, which was perfect for us as we planned to walk up Scafell Pike. I've received this walk separately and it was a killer! This meant we could start the walk early, aiming to avoid the heat of the day. But the walk took longer than expected and we didn't get back until mid-afternoon, after bathing in the icy mountain streams nearby which was lush and defo one of my favourite parts of our trip :-) My other favourite part was sitting out and watching all the thousands of stars at night...
Summary: it's camping, it's basic, but it was pretty cheap, nearby scenery is beautiful and the location is perfect to climb Scafell Pike. This was only my second time camping and the facilities here which much better than my first, but not much else to compare to.
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