Woolpack Inn

From £30 For 1 night, 2 adults 7.4 14 reviews
Woolpack Inn and the motorhome camp (added by manager 16 Jan 2023)
Motorhome camp with hardknott pass in the background (added by manager 16 jan 2023)
Grass and gravel pitches (added by manager 19 jan 2023)
Woolpack inn (added by manager 16 jan 2023)

  • Off-grid parking site in the Lake District’s scenic Eskdale Valley
  • At the foot of Hardknott Pass; West Lakes Adventure five minutes walk
  • Walks and bike rides direct from the site, which is adjacent to a pub
Up for adding to your personal bragging list (hiked the highest mountain in England, cycled the steepest pass, taken a dip in the deepest lake)? Then consider a one or two-night stay at the scenic parking spaces for motorhome and campervans behind the Woolpack Inn near Holmrock in Cumbria. Offering what they call 'off-road overnight parking', the site has access to only basic toilet and shower facilities behind the inn. Staying here (please note, there’s no electric hook-up) puts you in prime position for doing all the above (and plenty more besides). The Woolpack Inn is five minutes’ walk from the Eskdale climbing route up Scafell Pike, and at the foot of steep, winding cycle route up Hardknott Pass in the peaceful Eskdale Valley – and Wastwater (25 minutes’ drive) is England’s deepest lake for all you intrepid wild swimmers. And if you’re just not that into outdoor activity, no worries either. This site is surrounded by fells and craggy peaks; it’s a spectacular place in which to relax, unwind and enjoy the Lake District landscapes. Even better, the grass pitches are neatly manicured, separated by hedges for extra privacy and – this is the best bit – adjacent to the historic, whitewashed Woolpack Inn, well-known hereabouts for its locally sourced and home-cooked dishes, real Cumbrian ales and properly warm welcome. However, if you’re not feeling wildly sociable, there’s a pizza-and-beer delivery service right to the door of your vehicle too.

Site type

Motorhome pitches 3
Open now
Please note
  • Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.
  • No hen/stag parties permitted via Pitchup.com.
  • At least one of the party members must be aged 21 or over.
  • Guests are advised to bring a good quality torch with them as parts of the site are unlit.
  • No gas barbecues allowed.
  • No charcoal barbecues allowed.
  • No electric barbecues allowed.

Languages spoken

English

Open from Fri, 29 Mar to

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would recommend this site to a friend

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Only showing reviews for the last 30 months.

Not acceptable from Ambleside

Overall 2/10
Location 2
Value for money 6
Accommodation 6
Facilities / Activities 6
Customer service 6
Child friendliness 6
Cleanliness 6
Wifi 6
c.Ann m. The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Non-electric gravel motorhome pitch

Liked: Couldn't get to it !!!!! Coming from Ambleside the road in to it is not suitable for campers, any thing towed or wide vehicles. its to steep and narrow. Tried to drive around to access from somewhere else but just kept getting back to the same point. Even the locals said they only do the route in a small car!! Didn't read anything about that on their website. Had to give up in the end.

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Great little place

Overall 10/10
Location 10
Value for money 10
Accommodation 10
Facilities / Activities 10
Customer service 10
Child friendliness 10
Cleanliness 10
Wifi 10
justin c. The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Non-electric grass and earth tent pitch

Liked: Very nice place very easy to get to the staff were great and very helpful all the time . The food was very nice and had a beautiful view to wake up to.

Disliked: Need a new lock on the shower as took few minutes to open with the code was like playing the lottery to see if I’d win to open it .

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Wonderfully located budget site next to a great pub.

Overall 8/10
Location 10
Value for money 10
Accommodation 8
Facilities / Activities 8
Customer service 8
Child friendliness No rating
Cleanliness 8
Wifi 8
Zoe S. The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Non-electric grass and earth tent pitch

Liked: The location was absolutely stunning and was easily accessible to some decent hikes - we went up to Scafell. The camping field was level and the ground soft. The facilities were mostly very good with lovely hot showers. The pie of the day at the Inn was gorg!

Disliked: The washing up area was a little rustic but did the job!

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Food, atmosphere, friendly staff and clean facilities.…

Overall 10/10
Location 10
Value for money 10
Accommodation 10
Facilities / Activities 10
Customer service 10
Child friendliness 10
Cleanliness 10
Wifi 10
Adrian B. The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Non-electric grass and earth tent pitch

Liked: Food, atmosphere, friendly staff and clean facilities.

Disliked: Nothing

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Lovely warm showers, great pub food and excellent location to explore the…

Overall 10/10
Location 10
Value for money 10
Accommodation 8
Facilities / Activities 8
Customer service 10
Child friendliness 8
Cleanliness 8
Wifi 6
Claire D. The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Non-electric grass and earth tent pitch

Liked: Lovely warm showers, great pub food and excellent location to explore the trails of Eskdale

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The setting is lovely and the pub food was very good.…

Overall 4/10
Location 8
Value for money 4
Accommodation 4
Facilities / Activities 2
Customer service 8
Child friendliness No rating
Cleanliness 4
Wifi 2
Anonymous The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Non-electric grass and earth tent pitch

Liked: The setting is lovely and the pub food was very good.

Disliked: The site is very basic including the toilets, showers and washing up facilities. Not great value for money. Although the food was good and the staff very helpful, there just weren’t enough of them and so service was very slow. We waited at least an hour for our meal.

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Disappointed

Overall 2/10
Location 10
Value for money 2
Accommodation 2
Facilities / Activities 2
Customer service 10
Child friendliness No rating
Cleanliness No rating
Wifi No rating
Jamie H. The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Non-electric grass and earth tent pitch

Liked: The staff and owners were lovely no complaints there at all

Disliked: Campervan pitch was like a building site at best

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Good pub. Camping area needs more attention.

Overall 6/10
Location 8
Value for money 6
Accommodation 4
Facilities / Activities 6
Customer service 8
Child friendliness 2
Cleanliness 6
Wifi 4
Anonymous The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Non-electric grass and earth tent pitch

Liked: The pub is great with good food and drinks. Friendly staff. Good location for hardknott and surrounds.

Disliked: The camping area needs more attention. There was detritus including broken beer bottles, and tent pegs. The grass is long and rough. It is not "neatly manicured" as advertised.

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Myself, son & Labrador “Dobby” stayed recently after climbing scarfell pike. We…

Overall 8/10
Location 10
Value for money 6
Accommodation 6
Facilities / Activities 8
Customer service 10
Child friendliness 10
Cleanliness 6
Wifi 6
Anonymous The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Non-electric grass and earth tent pitch

Liked: Myself, son & Labrador “Dobby” stayed recently after climbing scarfell pike. We arrived and friendly staff soon gave us the location of the pitch. The front garden was amazing in the sun, and the first pint was much needed,Pizzas chips etc served when main kitchen is temporarily closed between 1500-1700 I think. I had the steak which was nice then we stayed and played few games of pool with my son. Closer pitches to the building can pick up Wi-Fi. Dogs very much welcome .

Disliked: Toilets & shower

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Beautiful spot and due to the long route round necessary to avoid…

Overall 10/10
Location 10
Value for money 10
Accommodation 10
Facilities / Activities 10
Customer service 10
Child friendliness No rating
Cleanliness 8
Wifi 10
Nicola M. The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Non-electric grass and earth tent pitch

Liked: Beautiful spot and due to the long route round necessary to avoid Hardnott pass in a camper its pretty empty. The pub is friendly and breakfast is really excellent. Showers are hot and toilets functional if a little basic - think makeshift wooden pop ups. Walks directly from outside and some good spots for wild swimming close by. Good wifi in the pub which if you have a good device will hook up even in the camp site and I managed to stream netflix in the camper as there is ZERO mobile phone signal for miles around!

Disliked: There is no ability to hook up to fill up your water in your camper as the only taps arent accessible to campers. They stopped serving food on a bank holiday evening which was a pain as there is not really many other places for 30 minutes drive. It is very remote but thats why its such a lovely spot! They could have mowed the parking area as the grass was pretty long and they had mowed the tent area.

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Features

Leisure on site

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment

Fishing

Fitness centre

Games room

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Play area

TV room

Take away

Tennis

Watersports

Amenities on site

Bath available

Car parking by pitch/unit

Composting toilet

Disabled facilities

Dog park

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Launderette

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Portable toilet

Pub toilets

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area

Wifi

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Rules

Barbecue provided

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Forest

Lake and/or mountain

Peaceful

Remote location

Walkers' paradise

Wildlife haven

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Electric car charging point(s)

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Dog walk nearby

Type

Pop-up campsite

Pub campsite

Tiny (1-10 pitches)

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Climbing nearby

Cycle hire nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Restaurant nearby

Watersports nearby

Location

Woolpack Inn

Boot

Eskdale

Holmrook

Cumbria

England

CA19 1TH

Directions

Timezone

Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)

GPS

54.3976°N
-3.24867°W

Route directions

Do not use satnav; it takes cars over the very steep Hardknott Pass,which is not suitable for large vehicles. DIRECTIONS Directions from the South Proceed North on the M6 motorway, leaving at Junction 36. Turn Left at the top of the slip road onto the A590 dual carriageway, and stay on this road for 3 miles, before turning Left onto a slip road signed A590 Barrow. Turn Left at the roundabout at the bottom of the slip road onto the A590. After 6 miles of mostly Dual Carriageway (beware of the speed camera), you will approach a roundabout which you need to turn right at (signed A590 Barrow and Newby Bridge). Proceed along this road for approximately 11 miles before coming to a right hand turn (at a place called Greenodd) signed A5092 (A595) Workington and Whitehaven. Carry on along this road for approximately 11.5 miles until you reach the Duddon Bridge with (permanent) Traffic Lights – turn right signed Ulpha and Seathwaite. At this point the roads get (a lot) narrower! 3.7 miles later turn left (signed Eskdale and Whitehaven) just 300yds after a mini Post Office. Up the “short, sharp, shock” hill and over the hills for 6.5 miles. When you reach the King George IV pub, turn right – signed Boot and Eskdale. Follow the road for approximately three miles a you will see the Woolpack Inn on your left, park up and make you self know at the bar and we’ll check you in. Unless you know the roads around here very well, we would recommend that you do not come via Ambleside and Hardknott & Wrynose Passes. These are some of England’s most outrageous roads, but SatNavs do not understand this! Directions from the North Leave (or pass over) the M6 motorway at Junction 40. Take the A66 signed Cockermouth and follow this road for 29.4 miles until you reach Cockermouth (you will have gone “straight on” at 2 roundabouts). When you reach the roundabout at Cockermouth, take the first exit signed A5086 Egremont. Proceed along this road for 14.8 miles until you reach a roundabout at Egremont. Take the first exit – signed A595 Barrow – and proceed along this road for 10.5 miles (having gone “straight on” at the next 3 roundabouts). Just after the petrol station on your right (last petrol before us), turn left signed Santon Bridge and Eskdale Green. At this point the road gets (a lot) narrower! Proceed along this road for 1.6 miles, and turn right (signed Eskdale Green) on to an even narrower road. At the end of this road (1.8 miles), turn right and pass through Eskdale Green, then turn left at the King George IV pub sign post Boot and Eskdale. Follow the road for approximately three miles a you will see the Woolpack Inn on your left, park up and make you self know at the bar and we’ll check you in. Unless you know the roads around here very well, we would recommend that you do not come via Ambleside and Hardknott & Wrynose Passes. These are some of England’s most outrageous roads, but SatNavs do not understand this!

Nearest transport

Coach
10.1 mi Daffodil Hotel for Dove Cottage
10.1 mi Lakeside House for Dove Cottage
11.7 mi Kelsick Road opposite Library
Rail
7.1 mi Ravenglass Rail Station
8 mi Drigg Rail Station
9.4 mi Bootle (Cumbria) Rail Station
Ferry
7.7 mi Coniston Ferry Landing
7.8 mi Torver (Coniston) Ferry Landing
7.8 mi Waterhead Hotel (Coniston) Ferry Landing

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

As well as hiking up Scafell Pike, walks for all abilities start straight from the site, while cyclists who’ve scaled Hardknott Pass can try sections of the Coast to Coast Cycle Ride from St Bees (40 minutes’ drive). If you’re keen to introduce the kids to water-based sports safely, head on down to West Lakes Adventure (five minutes’ walk) for paddleboarding lessons, canyoning and rock climbing along the River Boot. If only the beach will do, Seascale (half an hour’s drive) has seemingly endless sand as well as lots of little rock pools for youngsters to poke around in. Drigg Beach (25 minutes) is the spot for bracing walks along the dunes, and if you’re feeling adventurous, climb down to rocky Fleswick Bay (45 minutes) – chances are you’ll have the beach to yourselves. If you’re all worn out after endless running around outside, take the vintage Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway from Dalegarth Station (20 minutes’ walk) to see the western Lake District’s lakes, fells and mountains from the comfort of your steam-train carriage.

Water quality at nearby bathing waters

Name Distance Type 2020 2019 2018 2017
Seascale 9.7 mi Sea N/A Good Good Good
Silecroft 13 mi Sea N/A Excellent Excellent Excellent
Haverigg 14.5 mi Sea Poor N/A N/A N/A
St Bees 15.8 mi Sea N/A Excellent Excellent Excellent
Walney West Shore 19.1 mi Sea N/A Good Good N/A

Data source: European Environment Agency

Must see

Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway 7.1 mi

Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum 10.1 mi

Beatrix Potter Gallery 10.1 mi

Rydal Mount and Gardens 11.2 mi

Hill Top 11.6 mi

National Trust

Wasdale, Eskdale and Duddon 4.5 mi

Gondola' 7.6 mi

Coniston and Tarn Hows 8 mi

Grasmere and Great Langdale 9.5 mi

Beatrix Potter Gallery 10.1 mi

Cycle routes

Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.

Other

Eskdale Green - Muncaster Fell - Muncaster Head - Eskdale Green 3.1 mi

MUNCASTER CASTLE 6.3 mi

The Coniston Heights: The Old Man to Swirl How 6.6 mi

Langdale Valley - Bowfell - Crinkle Crags - Red Tarn - Stool End Farm - Langdale Valley 6.7 mi

Tilberthwaite - Little Langdale - Tilberthwaite 7.1 mi

Local events

  • Kendal Calling (Thursday 1 August 2024 – Thursday 1 August 2024)

    Penrith, Cumbria 25.7 mi

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.

Want to know more about camping in The Lake District and Cumbria?

  • Does Woolpack Inn have a swimming pool? No View all features
  • Is Woolpack Inn dog friendly? Yes View all features
  • What attractions are near Woolpack Inn? As well as hiking up Scafell Pike, walks for all abilities start straight from the site, while cyclists who’ve scaled Hardknott Pass can try sections of the Coast to Coast Cycle Ride … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of Woolpack Inn?
    Camping and touring
    Arrive:  3 p.m. –  8 p.m.
    Depart by:  11:30 a.m.
    Read more
  • How much does it cost to stay at Woolpack Inn? From £30 (for 1 night, 2 adults) - prices may change depending on your dates and party.