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- 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 camping 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 campsite, 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 campsite, 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...
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Very clean and well maintained site with friendly staff.
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Leisure on site
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on site
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Gas cylinders available
Touring and motorhomes
Tourer storage facilities
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
Lake and/or mountain
Cycle hire nearby
Horse riding nearby
Mountain biking nearby
D. of E. welcome
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Public transport nearby
Medium (26-50 pitches)
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- Coach stations
Whitehaven: Tangier Street Coach Stop
— 13.5 miles
13.5 miles Grasmere Coach Stop — 14.7 miles
14.7 miles Distington (Cumbria): Coach Stop — 15.1 miles
- Train stations
Drigg Rail Station
— 3.4 miles
3.4 miles Ravenglass Rail Station — 3.6 miles
3.6 miles Seascale Rail Station — 4.6 miles
- Ferry ports
Torver (Coniston) Ferry Landing
— 12.5 miles
12.5 miles Coniston Ferry Landing — 12.6 miles
12.6 miles Sunny Bank (Coniston) Ferry Landing — 12.7 miles
Liverpool John Lennon Airport
— 76.6 miles
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.
Pull on your comfiest boots and walk yourself to merriment around these Cumbrian parts. Just over five miles away in Wasdale you’ll reach 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). Walkers will be well acquainted with the names and this is a great spot from which to embark on one, or all three, if you’re feeling fit for a challenge. Scafell stands proud as England’s highest peak, and from a clear day atop, you can peer as far as Scotland, Wales, Ireland and the Isle of Man.
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 campsite, the deepest lake in the UK and voted as one of Britain’s Best Views: make sure you have a camera in hand to make the most of the postcardworthy pics to be snapped.
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.
- Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway (3.5 miles)
- Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum (14.6 miles)
- Beatrix Potter Gallery (15.0 miles)
- Wasdale, Eskdale and Duddon (1.7 miles)
- Buttermere and Ennerdale (10.5 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.