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The Old Post Office Campsite

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Tents and caravans situated at the bottom end of the site

General

  • On the western edge of the Lake District National Park
  • Bordered by the River Irt for swimming and salmon or trout fishing
  • Showers, toilets, wifi and picnic benches

The 1951-established Old Post Office Campsite is in royally fab location for anyone after a peaceful spot to explore the Lake District. Those looking for quiet stays can deliver themselves to this compact site, just on the western border of the Lake District National Park, to enjoy the very best of the area's spectacular setting.

You can be at the little village of Santon Bridge in a jiffy (just a one-minute walk away) and with the River Irt bordering the site, you’ll likely agree The Old Post Office has got the whole package...

Swim, paddle or just bask on the banks of the calm freshwater river which flows right along one side of the site, while avid anglers can scale the choice of catches to be had with salmon, sea and brown trout floundering from the waters. You can borrow a daily or weekly-hire rod from the owners; just arrange this with them when you arrive.

The site’s first-class facilities include modern toilets and showers, a laundry room with coin-operated machines, dishwashing sinks and wifi, with well-tended pathways all around the site and timber picnic benches to take in the mountains, river and countryside views. A gift and farm shop is in Santon Bridge a minute's walk away.

Dogs are welcome too and with all the walking opportunities in and around the Lakes, a holiday here will really deliver the goods for all...

Please note

Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.

No hen/stag parties permitted via Pitchup.com.

Single-sex bookings of 3 or more people (couples and immediate family members excepted) are not permitted via Pitchup.com.

Group bookings of 4 or more adults are not permitted (couples and immediate family members excepted).

The site does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Dangerous Dogs Act.

Group bookings of 3 or more units (e.g. tent, touring caravan, motorhome or accommodation hire) travelling together are not permitted via Pitchup.com.

Showers cost 50p for approximately 10 minutes.


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9.0

Overall rating based on 183 reviews

 

92% would recommend this site to a friend.

87% would stay here again.

  80% described as Peaceful ?

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Pleasant site. Clean facilities. Loved hearing the river flow nearby. ...15/10/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Electric hardstanding touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Pleasant site. Clean facilities. Loved hearing the river flow nearby. Beautiful places for amazing views only minutes drive from the site.

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Lovely site, perfectly located for lots of walks, nice, clean faciliti08/10/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomDebra J.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Electric grass tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    The setting, very nice,

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Excellent site with clean facilities, friendly staff and level pitches05/10/2019

Reviewer's country: United Kingdomgarreth k.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Electric grass tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Nice quite site pitched at side of river very scenic lovely area for walks

    Disliked: 

    Nothing

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A good site in a perfect location01/10/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAndrew D.Confirmed

  • Electric hardstanding touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    We really liked the area and the site was well located by the river and a great pub. Perfect for exploring the West side of the Lake District and Wasdale Lake was stunning. The host was very approachable and helpful so made our stay easy as well as enjoyable. Internet was excellent and free so I didn't miss any rugby..! Washing facilities fine and whilst we didn’t use the laundry all look OK.

    Disliked: 

    A very small point but at £25 per night I would expect the showers to be free. Whilst 50p for 10 minutes is not going to break the bank the fuss trying to find a 50p was just an annoyance. BTW the showers were awesome...!

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Anonymous user

Friendly helpful welcome. Loaned cable for tv. Lovely site on ...29/09/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousConfirmed

  • Fully-serviced gravel touring pitch (super)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Friendly helpful welcome. Loaned cable for tv. Lovely site on River Irt with pub only two minutes walk away.

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Anonymous user

Overall a nice stay and we will return.28/09/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousConfirmed

  • Electric hardstanding touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    The site was in a lovely setting right next to the river. Pitches were good and the site was not overcrowded. Some nice local walks.

    Disliked: 

    We were a bit shocked at the 50p shower fee for a 10min shower, be careful that the lights don’t go out! Clean water would be best to mop the toilets too and the toilet bins could do with emptying.

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Great location in a beautiful part of the Lake District. ...25/09/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomJackie C.Confirmed

  • Electric hardstanding touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Great location in a beautiful part of the Lake District. Local pub 2 minutes walk away with good food and choice of beers. Good level pitch with its own water supply as well as electric hook-up point. We would definitely visit again.

    Disliked: 

    It would have been nice if the office had some local walk info as well as the usual commercial attraction leaflets. The last few places we have stayed have had printed sheets detailing walks from the site. We had forgotten our map for the area and had to walk along the main road to reach the lake, when there are probably off road footpaths we could have taken if leaflets were available. Just a suggestion - not a criticism!

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Anonymous user

Excellent camp site. Next to the river, lovely tea shop and pub.23/09/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Electric grass tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Clean warm washroom facilities

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Lovely babbling brook21/09/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Electric hardstanding touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Lovely babbling brook

    Disliked: 

    Shower block reminded me of school showers 40 years ago, and were just as dirty. Ladies shower not working on arrival, but this was rectified once the owner was informed.

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Lovely spot20/09/2019

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  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Everything was great

    Disliked: 

    Paying for showers

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Bar or club house

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Fishing

Fitness centre

Games room

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

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Take away

Tennis

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Amenities on site

Bath available

Disabled facilities

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Launderette

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

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Wifi

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Touring and motorhomes

Hard standings

Tourer storage facilities

Rules

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Budget/backpacker

Lake and/or mountain

Peaceful

Remote location

Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise

Wildlife haven

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Climbing nearby

Cycle hire nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horse riding nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Restaurant nearby

Sailing nearby

Tennis nearby

Groups welcome

D. of E. welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Rallies welcome

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Public transport nearby

Shop nearby

Type

Small (11-25 pitches)

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  • Santon Bridge, Wasdale, Holmrook, Cumbria, England, CA19 1UY
  • Timezone Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)   GPS 54.4021°N 3.3710°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Whitehaven: Tangier Street Coach Stop — 13.5 miles
Grasmere Coach Stop — 14.7 miles
Distington (Cumbria): Coach Stop — 15.1 miles
Train stations
Drigg Rail Station — 3.4 miles
Ravenglass Rail Station — 3.6 miles
Seascale Rail Station — 4.6 miles
Ferry ports
Torver (Coniston) Ferry Landing — 12.5 miles
Coniston Ferry Landing — 12.6 miles
Sunny Bank (Coniston) Ferry Landing — 12.7 miles
Airports
Liverpool John Lennon Airport — 76.6 miles

Directions


Turn off the M6 at Junction 36. Follow A590 west to Broughton-in-Furness, passing through Newby Bridge. Follow the A595 through Bootle, Muncaster to Holmrook. Approaching Holmrook turn right for Santon Bridge; follow this road to the end, passing Irton Hall (on your left) and Wasdale Craft Shop (on your left). At the junction turn left - we are at the bottom of the hill near to the river.

Please note - some satellite navigation systems suggest a route via Wrynose Pass and Hardknott Pass. These high level routes are not recommended in the dark, or in adverse weather conditions.

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

Pull on your comfiest boots and walk yourself to merriment around these Cumbrian parts: just over five miles away in Wasdale is one of Britain’s tiniest churches, St Olafs, with its timber beams thought to have been made from Viking ships.

For hungry (and thirsty) fell explorers, the Wasdale Head Inn makes for a welcome pitstop, and the Bridge Inn, just a stroll from the site, is home to the annual ‘Biggest Liar’ competition – no kidding, it’s a real thing... Hikers hotstep to the mighty heights of Scafell Pike and Great Gable (both about seven miles away) and Red Pike (approximately 20 miles north from the site).

At the Wasdale valley, as well as nurturing peaks aplenty, canoeists, kayakers and windsurfers alike will rapidly make their way to Wast Water, just five minutes from the site, the deepest lake in the UK.

Cycling and walking routes around the lakes and mountains are plentiful, as are the chances for boating and fishing, but if you really want to go off-piste, you could try abseiling, climbing, a high ropes course, or even flying: hot air balloon and paragliding experiences are available for those who want to soar even higher than Scafell.

Must see

  • Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway (3.5 miles)
  • Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum (14.6 miles)
  • Beatrix Potter Gallery (15.0 miles)

National Trust

  • Wasdale, Eskdale and Duddon (1.7 miles)
  • Buttermere and Ennerdale (10.5 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.

Policies

Permitted arrival/departure time

Camping and touring
Arrive:  12 p.m. –  8 p.m.
Depart by:  10:30 a.m.

The Old Post Office Campsite cancellation policy

No refunds within 3 weeks of arrival date.

Bookings may be transferred to another date within the same year - subject to availability and except bank holidays. Please note that this only applies to cancellations made at least three weeks before the date of the original holiday.

No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.

If you need to cancel or amend your booking, please give as much notice as possible so that someone else has the chance to book. You may wish to buy holiday insurance for cancellations and for your property/injury whilst away.

Please note that your deposit is paid to Pitchup.com and is non-refundable.

Payment

A 15% non-refundable deposit is payable now. The Old Post Office Campsite will debit the balance from your card 12 weeks before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 12 weeks then the balance will be taken immediately.

You can also opt to pay the full amount at the time of your booking.

Payment methods accepted on the park

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

Admission
Admission is only permitted after registering at reception.
Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.

Arrivals and departures
Late arrivals must notify the park as soon as possible. Your booking will be held for 24 hours. After this period the management reserves the right to relet your unit.
No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.
Units will be allocated on arrival.

Dogs
Dogs must be kept on leads and supervised at all times.
The site does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Dangerous Dogs Act.

General
Radio, music and TV players must be kept at a low volume. Car doors and boots must be closed quietly.
The management reserves the right to deny access or terminate the stay of those guests whose behaviour is deemed unsuitable. No refunds will be offered.

Occupancy
Group bookings of 3 or more units (e.g. tent, touring caravan, motorhome or accommodation hire) travelling together are not permitted via Pitchup.com.
Group bookings of 4 or more adults are not permitted (couples and immediate family members excepted).
No hen/stag parties permitted via Pitchup.com.
Single-sex bookings of 3 or more people (couples and immediate family members excepted) are not permitted via Pitchup.com.

Pitches
You must follow the management directives when pitching your tent/unit and related equipment.

Safety
Barbecues are permitted but must be raised off the ground and attended by an adult at all times.
Open fires are prohibited.

Vehicles
Only one car is to be parked by the pitch. Extra vehicles must be parked in the designated area.
The car is only included in the rate if you are travelling with a touring caravan or a tent. If you wish to bring a car along with your motorhome/campervan please select the extra.

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