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What a brilliant campsite! Facilities were great, shower block very modern and there is a family room too, and all very clean. We never had to wait for a shower. Also water seemed to be nice and hot any time of day. Staff were brilliant and check in was fast. The views in every direction were...
... 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,...
... good during wet periods as it keeps the grass in good condition. The site was at 50% capacity due to Covid and this meant we had plenty of room. Signs instructed campers to pitch at least 6 meters away from other tents to give plenty of space. The toilets were modern and very clean, for...

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AbbeyandArran wrote a review Aug 2020
Liverpool, United Kingdom63 contributions19 helpful votes
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What a brilliant campsite! Facilities were great, shower block very modern and there is a family room too, and all very clean. We never had to wait for a shower. Also water seemed to be nice and hot any time of day.
Staff were brilliant and check in was fast.
The views in every direction were fabulous and there are lots of walks from the campsite including Scafell Pike.
There is access to a beautiful stream directly from the campsite- great for a paddle. Also a great pub about a 15 minute walk away (The Wasdale Head Inn)
It was so lovely to see people enjoying the great outdoors again and felt very safe - there are hand gels outside the shower block and social distancing was easy as not too busy although they were full (which was 75% capacity due to Covid.)
We were lucky to have stayed during 2 lovely hot and sunny days in August but I believe that parts of the site can become a bit water logged after a spell of rain.
Although the roads are a little hair raising in parts (bendy, narrow and steep) we will definitely be returning as couldn’t fault anything.
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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Laura T wrote a review Aug 2020
Middlesbrough, United Kingdom3,659 contributions408 helpful votes
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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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Date of stay: August 2020
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Liam Silcock wrote a review Jul 2020
Bicester, United Kingdom9 contributions5 helpful votes
A great campsite for all ages / party’s. We have recently stayed after the Covid lockdown and can report we had had a fantastic time.

Upon arriving, the check in was quick and straight forward. Our passes were waiting at campsite office ready to pick up.

Plenty of areas to pitch up on the site, we found a pitch and transported our gear from the car to the tent. I like the fact that there are no cars allowed on the grass near the tents, this is particularly good during wet periods as it keeps the grass in good condition.

The site was at 50% capacity due to Covid and this meant we had plenty of room. Signs instructed campers to pitch at least 6 meters away from other tents to give plenty of space.

The toilets were modern and very clean, for me this is the most important part of the campsite and thankfully this site has never let me down. A slight criticism would be the dreaded shower timers. The shower I was using would turn off every 6 seconds so after a long walk in the valley this was frustrating.

If your thinking about staying here, don’t hesitate. It’s a fantastic campsite with great clientele.
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Dougal V wrote a review Oct 2019
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Excellent base camp. Perfect start point for Scafell Pike, Great Gable & Green Gable, Kirk Fell, Pillar and Yewbarrow. The facilities include new showers, loos and sinks with endless hot water! The drying room turns wet gear warm and bone dry over night and there are dryers if you’re in a hurry.

Pub is only 10 minutes walk. It serves good hot food and has a crackling fire.

Would definitely recommend this campsite. The shop sells all the essentials and the guys who run it are great (local knowledge, route advice, etc). Wastwater looks stunning as the sun goes down, offering perfect photo ops.
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Date of stay: October 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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JONESPF wrote a review Jun 2019
Dibba26 contributions12 helpful votes
This is perhaps the best campsite I have stayed at. Recently refurbished facilities include hot, coin-free showers, sparkling toilets and great washing facilities with underfloor heating. Separate spacious drying room, ample washing sinks and coin operated washing machine and 2 dryers. The tent pitches are spread over a large area, subdivided into 3 areas. Car parking is available around one side of the perimeter so you can park close to your pitch if you want, or can take a spot away from parking - your choice. I would recommend following the perimeter road down to the end to avoid any nighttime noise from 3-peaks participants as they mainly do Scafell Pike during darkness (there is a scafell pike national trust car park next to the site). There is shop at the reception with necessities including sausages, bacon, milk, camping supplies and pot noodles. There is also a freezer that is free to use for freezing your ice packs.

There is a pub close by (2 minute drive or 10 minute walk) and a breakfast van in National Trust car park and of course Scaffel Pike is on the doorstep.
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Date of stay: June 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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