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The Old Post Office Campsite

9.1

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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 177 reviews

 

91% would recommend this site to a friend.

89% would stay here again.

 

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Excellent park, very clean , owner of the site very nice and helpful 17/09/2018

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

  • Electric grass tent pitch
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    Extremely clean

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Great location 16/09/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Stephanie B. Confirmed

  • Electric hardstanding touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Great location, lovely site and friendly people who run the Old Post Office. Good base for East Water and Scarfell Pike.

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Lovely small site in a beautiful location. Very quiet. 12/09/2018

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

  • Electric hardstanding touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Small and quiet site in a beautiful location near the river.

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Enjoyable stay with some caveats and one major worry. 29/08/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom David P. Confirmed

  • Electric grass tent pitch (large)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Good Location, lots to do and see in the area (particularly the Ravengalss & Eskdale Railway) next door to a good pub, some nice ales and the food is good but it is expensive. However, the Bower House Inn is 5 mins down the road is slightly cheaper and equally if not better in terms of food. Again some nice ales, but choice is limited.

    The toilet and shower facilitates are clean and (just about) adequate.

    The Wifi signal is not bad (a bit patchy).

    On the whole, we enjoyed our stay with some caveats and one major worry.
    would stay again but not in wet/bad weather (if possible).

    Disliked: 

    Limited availability of showers (two cubicles at a cost of 50p a go) and you may have to wait in line at busy times (my wife had to queue on one occasion). However, should not be a problem if you are early riser like me or happy to wait until mid-late morning.

    No private cubicles with wash basins (two hand basins in the men's) but their is one family room (again may need to queue at times).

    Availability of hot water is a bit hit and miss, I had to wash and shave in cold water on more than one occasion. Which is a bit annoying, when you consider the fee charged by the campsite is more expensive, when compared to other sites that I have stayed in the past (never had any previous problems with hot water supply on other sites).

    We stayed during a wet bank holiday weekend, was a little worried about the fast flowing river (not a gentle stream) that runs through the campsite. We had to keep a careful eye on our little boy and was a little worried about the possibility of some kind of flash flooding. However, some parents didn't seam bothered about their children playing unsupervised by the river (which is a bit crazy in my book).

    Whilst, I appreciate the campsite is a little bit on the small side, It would of been nice to have a children's play area on site. This would of been a useful distraction from the river and gives the kids something to do. The other thing would of been a small shop, stocking the essentials as the nearest convenience store is approximately 3 miles away (did not see any nearer shops on my travels).

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Fully serviced pitch, quiet site 27/08/2018

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

  • Electric hardstanding touring pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Fully serviced pitch, quiet site

    Disliked: 

    Wi-Fi a bit hit and miss!

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Fantastic location nice small clean well run site 27/08/2018

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

  • Fully-serviced gravel touring pitch (super)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Location and guy who runs place goes the extra mile for his customers

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    Non

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small site - backs onto road- nice stream 26/08/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom rachel s. Confirmed

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

    Disliked: 

    only 2 toilets(female) and 1 disabled room . tents very close together. no large pitch available on arrival even though pre- booked . very small site which has a road directly behind the hedge

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Excellent all around in the most stunning setting! 25/08/2018

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

  • Electric grass tent pitch
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    The site was beautiful, very well maintained but still within the natural beauty for the lakes.
    When we arrived we were offered two potential pitch spaces for our two tents and we chose the ones away from the stream due to young children. We were given a gorgeous big space surrounded by pine trees with no other campers near us! We were accommodated beautifully with the owner going above and beyond to ensure we were set up (with electric etc!)
    It’s the most peaceful camping experience we’ve ever had! Also the site facilities are unbelievably spotless all of the time!
    The location was amazing! Two minutes from Wast water, nestled in the mountains!

    Disliked: 

    The temperature in the shower was unreliable and the cost meant we spent £2.50 a day to shower for the family! But overall I don’t mind that if it helps the owner keep maintaining as well as he does!
    The boys in my family would argue the WiFi was useless but I secretly liked it as I got their full attention plus it was free so generous anyway!

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Very clean and well maintained site with friendly staff. 22/08/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Vicky H. Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    The location of this campsite is stunning, right by the river with views of the hills. There are plenty of walks and fabulous views to be discovered. The facilities are well maintained and very clean, plenty of hot water. 50p for the shower gives you 10 minutes, plenty of time and never had to wait. This is a small site with less room between the tents but we were out and about during the day so didn’t find it an issue. There are plenty of places to visit in the area like Muncaster Castle, the steam railway and Whitehaven (Zest Harbourside serves wonderful food and is gluten free/ vegan friendly). We will be visiting again.

    Disliked: 

    Children letting out the excited puppy, it was very cute but we were worried for its safety with the river being rather swollen.

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Good base for the Lake District 20/08/2018

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

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

    Location

    Disliked: 

    Dingy wash facilities and very little for kids to do on sight

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Rules

Barbecues allowed

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Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

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Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise

Wildlife haven

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Canoeing/kayaking nearby

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Groups welcome

D. of E. welcome

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Rallies welcome

Single-sex groups welcome

Student 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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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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