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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 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...

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.


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9.0

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89% would recommend this site to a friend.

88% would stay here again.

 

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Clean, friendly, nice site... toilet block is clean 20/06/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Marie B. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Electric hardstanding touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Cleanliness, friendly staff

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fantastic site plesant people peaceful beautiful place perfect locatio 19/06/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom JACQUALINE G. Confirmed

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

    The old post office was such a beautiful place peaceful and ever so clean, pub was 1 minute away dog friendly too perfect location would go back as we loved it

    Disliked: 

    having to move on at 11am missing our dinner in the local pub

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Scenic setting by the river, just 20 minutes cycle ride ... 16/06/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Paul A. Confirmed

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

    Scenic setting by the river, just 20 minutes cycle ride to Waswater Lake.
    Peaceful setting in area, which is not as commercialised as the major lakes.

    Disliked: 

    Campsite only had 2 toilets and 2 showers, the latter being coin operated 50p for 10 minutes. There was no restriction on dogs on site and some owners were not cleaning up their dogs mess. There were no do waste bins on site.
    There were no clear signs of where to dispose grey waste or sceptic waste. We were told to dispose our grey waste in the cattle grid on the site exit.
    We are a dog owner and we always respect every site we stay on. We will not be staying at this site again.

From the manager...

I’m sorry, maybe you stayed on a different site to ours? All facilities are sign posted with big, brand new bright red signs, the chemical disposal point even has two. There are two huge general waste bins on wheels at the front of the site, which do not have signs on but 99% of our guests seem to automatically recognise these as bins and deposit their waste in them accordingly.

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Thankfully only booked 2 nights the weather was very good. 14/06/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom gill_s319456 Mobile phone icon Confirmed

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

    Site was tidy.pitch was a good size.but camping pitches looked really very close

    Disliked: 

    The constant smell of the septic tank.the owner not that welcoming. The facilities were dated and cobwebs needed to be cleaned from the windows
    Certainly did not like having to pay for the showers

From the manager...

Thank you for your review. I cannot however do anything about the pubs septic tank and this was only down to the fact that we had not had any rain for 6 weeks, you cannot normally smell anything and you could have changed pitches if it was so bad and you had mentioned it.
I do clean the cobwebs away every other day but due to the very hot weather we’ve had, there are more flies hence more spiders and webs.
Regarding the showers, I have asked many guests if they would prefer free showers or free unlimited good WiFi and they all choose the latter. Everything has a cost and that has to reflect in the price, and when customers use 3rd party booking sites like this one, there goes 15% of the nightly rate straight away.

Thank you.

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Position. Near a pub which serves good food and beer. ... 12/06/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom gary_b186386 Confirmed

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

    Position. Near a pub which serves good food and beer. Off the beaten track, so reasonably quiet, although close to a road, not much traffic.
    All the pitches are good and right next to a river.
    Cleanliness. Good.
    Overall. Recommended, but you are in the country, so expect to hear from the sheep.

    Disliked: 

    Not enough toilet cubicles and showers. Only 2 of each in both the ladies and gents. But do not this put you off staying here, we never had to wait for these facilities, as we were lucky with our timing, others weren’t so lucky.

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Excellent site with clean facilities friendly staff 11/06/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Steven H. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Fully-serviced gravel touring pitch (super)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Area beautiful owner friendly and helpful

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Excellent site can’t wait to go again. Loved it 09/06/2018

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  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Excellent site can’t wait to go again. Loved it

    Disliked: 

    Nothing

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Location, river, cleanliness, small site, quiet 09/06/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Clair W. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

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

    Location, river, cleanliness, small site, quiet

    Disliked: 

    Paying for showers

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Facilities 09/06/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom James W. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

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

    Facilities

    Disliked: 

    Odour from sceptic tank

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No complaints - as described on the online site. Would recommend 05/06/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom David A. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Electric grass tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Loved the site - good clean facilities and great setting next to the river and real ale pub!

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Bar or club house

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Fishing

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Games room

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

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Outdoor swimming pool

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Watersports

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

Washing-up area

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

Medium (26-50 pitches)

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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
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 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.

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:  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 two weeks before the date of the original holiday.

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

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

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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Terms and conditions

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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