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Wasdale campsite nestles under the Scafell mountain range at the head of beautiful Wastwater, the deepest lake in England, with its distinctive Nordic character and the pyramidal peak of Great Gable reflected in its waters.

This stunning place is attractive for its remoteness and utter peace. The dramatic landscape will inspire the most adventurous outdoor enthusiast. England's highest mountain, Scafell Pike, is within striking distance from Wasdale Campsite as are many other high fell walking routes.

This site is a member of National Trust group.

Depart: (2 nights)


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Cool Camping

Leisure on site

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment


Fitness centre

Games room

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Play area

Take away


TV room


Amenities on site

Bath available

Disabled facilities

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access


Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area



Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy


Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Cycling nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Restaurant nearby

Watersports nearby

Groups welcome

D. of E. welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby


Large (51-200 pitches)


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  • Wasdale Head, Gosforth, Cumbria, England, CA20 1EX
  • Timezone Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)   GPS 54.4654°N 3.2558°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Grasmere Coach Stop — 9.6 miles
Thirlmere Coach Stop — 10.4 miles
Keswick: Bus Station — 10.5 miles
Train stations
Drigg Rail Station — 9.7 miles
Ravenglass Rail Station — 9.8 miles
Seascale Rail Station — 10.4 miles
Ferry ports
High Brandelhow Ferry Landing — 8.1 miles
Lodore Falls Derwentwater Ferry Landing — 8.2 miles
Low Brandelhow Derwentwater Ferry Landing — 8.6 miles
Newcastle International Airport — 73.4 miles


By car:
Wasdale Head is reached from the main A595. From the South, turn right at Holmrook for Santon Bridge and follow signs up to Wasdale Head. From the north, turn left at Gosforth.

If you have plenty of time and fancy a challenge, why not leave your car at Great Langdale Campsite and enjoy a spectacular day's hike over to Wasdale and stay the night before returning the next day? Visit LDNP or Wasdale Mountain Rescue Safety Page for mountain safety advice.

By train:
There is a four mile mountain walk from Irton and Dalegarth stations on the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway. Visit for more details (NB - greatly reduced timetable in winter).

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel using the Get directions button above.

Local attractions

The renowned Wasdale Head Inn is a short walk away for those who prefer pub grub to camp food! There are also some great family attractions a short driving distance away such as La'al Ratty, Muncaster Castle, The Beacon and Rum Story at Whitehaven.

In the summer, the sandy beaches at Silecroft, Millom and Drigg will allow you to replenish your energy after a hard day on the fells. Nearby St Bees offers a beach and a bird sanctuary.

Must see

  • Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum (9.6 miles)
  • Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway (9.7 miles)
  • Whinlatter Forest & Visitor Centre (10.0 miles)

National Trust

  • Wasdale, Eskdale and Duddon (4.8 miles)
  • Grasmere and Great Langdale (9.6 miles)

Cycle routes

Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel.


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Terms and conditions

Please read the park terms and conditions below and the terms and conditions.

Additional terms

To protect the quiet nature of the sites:

Parties are restricted to no more than four adults.

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.

Families are very welcome but we request that no more than two families camp together.

The National Trust reserves the right to refuse admission.

Group bookings not accepted via

For your safety:

To reduce danger from fire and to avoid over crowding, you must leave a 6 metre gap (20 feet) between each tent, even if the tent next to you is yours! You can measure this by approximately 7 good strides. You will be asked to move your tent(s) if they are too close together. Please ask the Warden for approval before pitching gazebos or additional tentage.

All pre-bookings are subject to a minimum two night stay. One night stays are possible on a first come, first served basis.

We regret that we cannot accommodate caravans and motorhomes. Only tent and trailer tent pitches available through Trailer tents may need to be manhandled on to the pitch as vehicles are not permitted on the grassed areas.

Booking on - Please be aware that we can only book visitors onto a pitch who are present at the site. For example you will not be able to book in for a friend who is following on later. We believe this to be a fair system for all our customers and apologise for any inconvenience.

To ensure a pleasant and safe camping holiday for all, we expect campers to respect the property and other campers.

A quiet site policy - to avoid excessive noise at all times, being quiet between the hours of 10pm and 7am. (Those who do not comply may be asked to leave the site.)

Pitching your tent - to pitch tents at least 6m away from your nearest neighbour as explained above.

Dogs - To be kept dogs on a lead, exercised away from camping areas, and any mess cleared up immediately.

Fires and barbeques

Open fires - are not permissible but you are welcome to bring charcoal or gas barbeques provided they are raised off the grass and are suitably sited and attended so that they are not a hazard to other campers.

Mobile phone reception - Please note that mobile phone reception at all our Lake District campsites is very limited. Public telephones are located at reception.

Severe weather warnings from the Met Office - If a warning is issued by the Met Office, you may be asked to move your tent or to leave the site for reasons of safety.

We hope that you understand the need for these simple rules and that they are for the benefit of all who stay at the campsites.