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The Old Post Office Campsite

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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...


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9.1

Overall rating based on 131 reviews

 

94% would recommend this site to a friend.

92% would stay here again.

 

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Lovely site and location, pity about the amenities and extra charge fo 21/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Mark P. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

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

    The location and setting

    Disliked: 

    Facilities for wash rooms and showers not sufficient. Also a charge of 50p per shower was not welcome. Should have been inclusive with the per pitch price.

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Very well kept site nice and peaceful beautiful river 20/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Stephen D. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Electric hardstanding touring pitch
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    Very well kept site nice and peaceful beautiful river

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    Non

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Would definitely go again 20/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom dawn N. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Electric grass tent pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Lovely site, not too big. Very friendly and helpful. Good amenities, washer and dryer, hot water and sinks for washing up all along side the river

    Disliked: 

    Nothing apart from the weather we got!

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Lovely family friendly site and good size pitches 17/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Kate O. Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch (large)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Lovely rural campsite, great river for the kids to paddle and play in. Great location close to pub and local tea rooms/farm shop. Close to loads of local attractions and walks such as Scafell Pike. Fab views across the cumbrian mountains.
    loved location of our pitch close to the river so we could sit and watch our kids paddling safely. Felt safe for the kids to walk around the site which is small.

    Disliked: 

    Having to pay for showers - would rather this was included in the price.
    Sometimes the local pub played loud music
    Wi - fi poor

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Good site. Clean but basic. Plenty of space. 15/08/2017

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

  • Electric grass tent pitch (large)
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  • Liked: 

    Being next to the river. Good clean site. Free wifi. Just left to enjoy the site.

    Disliked: 

    Only 2 toilets and 2 showers and 2 wash basins. Did not want to wash my face in the sinks as at times they had sand in them off people washing their kids in them instead of the showers which cost 50p for 10 mins.

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Nice enough site but disappointed with facilities 14/08/2017

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

  • Electric grass tent pitch (large)
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  • Liked: 

    Pleasant location with river running through site

    Disliked: 

    Approx 40 pitches & only 2 female toilets/showers & 2 male toilets/showers meaning queues at busy times. Wi Fi not working. Only one functioning dish washing sink, other out of order.

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Facilities very good, clean and tidy. Hospitality great. Level pitches. ... 13/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Lizette B. Confirmed

  • Electric grass touring pitch
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    Facilities very good, clean and tidy. Hospitality great. Level pitches. Perfect spot if you are looking to be one with nature. Will recommend it to anyone who enjoys nature.

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The campsite had a nice family feel. Most pitches were ... 13/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Emma C. Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    The campsite had a nice family feel. Most pitches were right next to the water. We were close to the toilet/shower block too which was handy. There were 2 showers in the ladies and 50p for a 10minute shower gave us plenty of time to wash. I only had to wait once for a shower. There are 2 sinks with hot water for washing up. Again we only had to wait once to use them. The pub came in handy on our last night too as we got back late and couldn't be bothered to cook. Just remember it stops serving food at 9pm as we were nearly too late.

    It was very handy for us as we wanted to climb Scafell Pike which is a 25min drive from the campsite.

    Disliked: 

    Driving up from Surrey was fine until we found that the quickest route was a very steep one track path with lots of bends that were hard to see round. Plus the sheep and cows weren't always very fast at getting out of the way. You can stick to the main roads which we did on the way back but it does add a little time to your journey. Once you are there though it is a beautiful place.

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Pitches were flat and level.clean and staff were attentive and friendl 10/08/2017

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

  • Electric grass tent pitch (large)
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    It was a great sized camp site with the right amount of facilities required. The river running through the site was lovely and made the site scenic and eye catching. The wi fi was an added bonus and kept my niece entertained when we could get her out of the river !!!.a pub and few yards away was also a bonus.I would definitely use this site again.

    Disliked: 

    Nothing.all good.

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Loved it verry quiet and secluded my kids loved it ... 09/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Kevin R. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Electric grass tent pitch
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    Loved it verry quiet and secluded my kids loved it as there is a stream running thru loads of fun and of course a bar next door to campsite

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Rules

Barbecues allowed

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Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

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Walkers' paradise

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Groups welcome

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Single-sex groups welcome

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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.

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Terms and conditions

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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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