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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.

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).

No hen/stag parties permitted via Pitchup.com.

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.

87% would stay here again.

 

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Very clean 14/11/2017

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

  • Electric grass motorhome pitch
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lovely scenery, clean facilities, really quiet at this time of ... 10/11/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom jon_h292340 Confirmed

  • Electric grass motorhome pitch
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    lovely scenery, clean facilities, really quiet at this time of year just the sound of the river!

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Loved it great site and owner. 06/11/2017

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

  • Electric hardstanding touring pitch
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    Loved it great site and owner.

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Helpful attitude from the moment you are greeted till you ... 30/10/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Sheridan P. Confirmed

  • Electric grass motorhome pitch
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    Helpful attitude from the moment you are greeted till you leave, the ground was very muddy the site owner offered to chop boards to put under our wheels to aid departure, took us around pitches to see which would be the best for us, facilities were great.

    Disliked: 

    The noisy river..lol, kept me awake all night, thankfully that's the only downside,

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In a nice spot. Sadly the area had flooded prior ... 30/10/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Elizabeth G. Confirmed

  • Electric hardstanding touring pitch
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    In a nice spot. Sadly the area had flooded prior to our visit and the grass was rather muddy. Making it a no go area for our dog Ollie. Only stayed 1 night for this reason.

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    The spiders and cobwebs in the toilets and showers. Needs updating. Lights go out once your in the loo so your sat in the dark hoping for someone else to come in and activate the light especially in the gents.

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Nice site but too far away for us 29/10/2017

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    Charming little site, nice chap on site running the place.

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    Toilets really dated, full of cobwebs and spiders. A bit noisy what with the river and what sounded like a tractor going up and down after dark plus pitches far too close together. Could practically see what your neighbour was having for dinner.

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Staff were friendly and helpful. A nice location by the ... 23/10/2017

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

  • Electric grass touring pitch
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    Staff were friendly and helpful. A nice location by the river. Would be lovely in nice weather.

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    Much smaller site than we expected with only a few hard standing area's. Also quite far away from everything apart from the hotel.

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The location. It was a nice quiet site in a ... 27/09/2017

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

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    The location. It was a nice quiet site in a nice quiet village .

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Lovely friendly site. 26/09/2017

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    Lovely quiet site, the owner was very friendly and has a gorgeous old dog who is very friendly. Idyllic spot next to the river, overall clean site.

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    Only very minor things but would definitely go again, the Wifi was weak and the toilets had dead and alive spiders in it and for someone who doesn't deal with spiders well just made me a bit edgy. Again, only minor and would come back to the site.

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well where do I start, this place was beautiful, camping ... 24/09/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Roy L. Confirmed

  • Electric grass motorhome pitch
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    well where do I start, this place was beautiful, camping right next to the river was a bonus in itself, the campsite was well kept, the owners were very friendly, shower block and toilets were clean.
    It was great being only minutes away from the sea side (12 minutes) and again only minutes away from a lake Wast Water (15 minutes). It is worth taking the time and finding the walks that are near by as there are many and the views are stunning. We were only 30 minutes away from Ennerdale waters where there is a walk all around the lake.
    I would definatetly recommend this campsite!

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Bath available

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Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

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Rules

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

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Peaceful

Remote location

Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise

Wildlife haven

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Canoeing/kayaking nearby

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Golf nearby

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Groups welcome

D. of E. welcome

Family friendly

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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 GMT (GMT+00:00)   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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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 penalties

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.

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

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

A 15% non-refundable deposit is payable now.

The remainder is payable on arrival.

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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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