A great base for a walking trip in the Lake District …

Hi guys,

Last year, Chris and my sister & brother in law did the three peak challenge – completing the climb of Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike & Snowdon within a 24 hour period. So, as part of that they did some training in the Lake District so my other sister and I went over and met them one day to go and visit the zoo. We camped a night in Side Farm Campsite, which is near Penrith. It is in Patterdale and is on the southern banks of Ullswater.

We stayed at this site as it is a fab base for walking but also for mountain biking and sports on the lake too. It is a lovely sheltered area with stunning views. We were blessed with fab weather so cant really comment if the weather had been any worse but the Place Fell is behind the site so I can imagine it is sheltered by wind etc. The Helvellyn mountains are within walking distance from here too.

Ullswater is on the doorstep as well as Pooley Bridge, Howtown and Glenridding. We visited The Lake District Wildlife Park as part of the trip, which wasn’t too far away.

The site is dog friendly (at an extra cost) and has laundry, shower and toilet facilities, but it is quite small and quite quiet. There are a few local pubs, we actually visited one and it was lovely home cooked food and some good beers.

The only downside for me for the site was the drive up, which was a little scary so if you are in a low car, would be a little bit difficult. You don’t really have to book in advance but you just check in at the site tearoom or farm at 9pm at the latest. It’s okay for tents and camper vans but not caravans.

It is a bit of a rough camping site though, very hilly and isn’t flat so halfway through the night, I did wake up off the airbed!

However, for views, scenery and a fab base – this is top choice for me!

Do you do any walking?

Rachael xox

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