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The Old Post Office Campsite: Aerial view, you can see the proximity of the pub!

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

Established in 1951, The Old Post Office Campsite is in a 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 (it's 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 that 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.

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.

The site does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Dangerous Dogs Act (i.e. Pit Bull Terrier, Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino, and Fila Brasileiro).

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

A cable measuring at least 10 metres is needed for the electric hook-ups.

Showers cost 50p for approximately 10 minutes.


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9.4

Overall rating based on 309 reviews

 

95% would recommend this site to a friend.

92% would stay here again.

  82% described as Peaceful ?

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lovely site, great facilities, super pitches, lacking staff on site19/08/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousConfirmed

  • Electric hardstanding and grass motorhome pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Loved the location, the flowing river Irt was a bonus, especially the dafer 'beach' for children to play.
    The size of the site was small and quiet.
    People were generally friendly and well behaved.
    Everything was clean.
    The pitches were great, loved the stone awning area.

    Disliked: 

    Nightmare trying to contact the owners at the booking stage. Many unanswered emails, phone calls, facebook messages from May until August. Eventually a facebook messenger reply arrived about a week prior to our stay.

    When the electricity tripped we were unable to contact anyone for over 3 hours, it was boiling hot and adjacent site users were annoyed about food in electric fridges etc. We sat by the office ringing the bell, also phoning the number and messaging via facebook for hours in the searing heatwave.

    There seemed to be a chap on site who we eventually realised was connected to the business, but it wasn't made clear to us.

    We have never stayed on a site when the owners or managers aren't present almost 24/7, this could be dangerous in the case of fire or serious illness.

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Anonymous user

Overall site was lovely19/08/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Electric hardstanding and grass motorhome pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    That my pitch was near the river and the pub was in walking distance

    Disliked: 

    That amplifier music was permitted to be played

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Anonymous user

Fantastic site location for holidays. Tidy pitches.16/08/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Fully-serviced hardstanding and grass touring pitch (super)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    The river that runs past is perfect for a swim. Lovely small site. Pub 1 minute away.

    Disliked: 

    Had to pay 50p per shower.

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Bonus there was a pub just outside. Friendly staff too15/08/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomJulie E.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

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

    The site facilities and quiet and not too big.

    Disliked: 

    Location it was a bit too far out

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We have just got back from this site after having …14/08/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomEmma O.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Electric hardstanding and grass tent or motorhome pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    We have just got back from this site after having a 4 night stay!

    It was AMAZING!

    The site is clean, spacious, the staff are helpful and friendly and the scenery is beautiful. The site is dog friendly and has electric hook up, pitches are generous in size and of course the beautiful stream at the bottom of the site is lovely and refreshing on a hot day.

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Amaze balls holiday14/08/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomMahala H.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Everything about the camp site It’s the best camping holiday we had so far

    Disliked: 

    The pitches could be a touch bigger

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Give it a go you won't be disappointed.12/08/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAlex F.Confirmed

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

    Everything about the site, ease of access, tidy, very good pitch with services, all in all an excellent stay will definitely be back in the near future.

    Disliked: 

    Relied on my phone for catch ups and posts from my friends and servers but to no avail i could not get a signal of any strength, the television signal is awful so I went home for my satellite system if my wife cant watch her soaps my life isn't worth living. while there i picked up my computer and took it back to the site to my amazement after logging on and entering the site password my computer lit up and all my messages were there for me to read , I got the satellite tuned in and her indoors was as happy as a pig in sh-t.

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Fantastic site, great location, friendly staff and excellent facilitie12/08/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomLynn S.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Electric hardstanding and grass tent or motorhome pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Lovely quiet site, river for fishing and swimming is an excellent bonus. All facilities were clean and well maintained, most pitches were flat and level, ours was on a slight hill but suited us fine. Great location for exploring the beautiful Lake District, would recommend this site to anyone!

    Disliked: 

    Paying for showers - frustrating but completely understand the need!

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Anonymous user

Superb campsite, friendly staff, beautiful location. Perfect.12/08/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Electric hardstanding and grass tent or motorhome pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Small but spacious campsite located close to the river.

    Disliked: 

    Kids playing football after 9pm.

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Excellent all round11/08/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomChris B.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Fully-serviced hardstanding and grass touring pitch (super)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    All round excellent

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Features

Leisure on site

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

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Fishing

Fitness centre

Games room

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Play area

TV room

Take away

Tennis

Watersports

Amenities on site

Bath available

Car parking by pitch/unit

Composting toilet

Disabled facilities

Dog park

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Launderette

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Portaloo

Pub toilets

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area

Wifi

Groups welcome

D. of E. welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Rallies welcome

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Rules

Barbecue provided

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Camping 2.0

Jumbo tent pitches

Themes

Budget/backpacker

Lake and/or mountain

Peaceful

Remote location

Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise

Wildlife haven

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Electric car charging point(s)

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Dog walk nearby

Public transport nearby

Shop nearby

Type

Small (11-25 pitches)

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

Touring and motorhomes

Drainage hook-up points for tourers

Motorhome service point

Tourer storage facilities

Water hook-up points for tourers

Location

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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
Tangier Street — 13.5 miles
Lakeside House for Dove Cottage — 14.7 miles
Daffodil Hotel for Dove Cottage — 14.7 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:  1 p.m. –  6:30 p.m.
Depart by:  11 a.m.

The Old Post Office Campsite cancellation policy

No refunds within 3 weeks of arrival date.

More than 21 days before arrival: a £5 cancellation fee will be charged.

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.

Changes cannot be made once you have booked.

Bookings cannot be amended within 21 day(s) of arrival.

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

Deposit transferable during COVID-19. 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.

Deposit transferable during COVID-19.

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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Terms and conditions

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  • Does The Old Post Office Campsite have a swimming pool? No View all features
  • Is The Old Post Office Campsite dog friendly? Yes View all features
  • What attractions are near The Old Post Office Campsite? 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 … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of The Old Post Office Campsite?
    Camping and touring
    Arrive:  1 p.m. –  6:30 p.m.
    Depart by:  11 a.m.
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  • How much does it cost to stay at The Old Post Office Campsite? From £35 (for 1 night, 2 adults) - prices may change depending on your dates and party. Check prices and availability

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