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You don’t have to be Wordsworth to know that most Lake District views are going to be really rather spesh. But it’s not often you get to camp a mere 50 yards from one of its most scenic lakes…
Pitches at small and secluded Herdwick Croft, eight miles from Keswick, are on the edge of beaut Bassenthwaite Lake, one of the biggest bodies of water in the Lake District. All you have to do is pack a book/picnic, bumble over the bridge and sink at the edge of the lake drinking in the views and soaking up the sun. (Soz, we get a bit lyrical when writing about the Lake District.)
If you’re feeling more active, Bassenthwaite is also popular with windsurfers, canoeists and sailors; hire or launch a dinghy from Bassenthwaite Sailing Club a mile from Herdwick. Or remain in a contemplative mood and cast off for pike, roach, perch and eels from lakeside or boat. Too chilled out even for that? Herdwick Croft has a river running through it to cast off at too.
Aside from the lake, the views at Herdwick are pretty heady, looking over the fells of Skiddaw, Binsey and glorious sunsets to the west, and Whinlatter Forest in front and to the east. The site is surrounded by woodland, countryside and local wildlife – look out for the ospreys and herons; flocks of both live nearby and the heronry is viewable from the park. Walks of all levels start from here too; we recommend starting off with one to award-winning pub The Pheasant, about 20 minutes’ stroll away.
Although a small site, Herdwick Croft comes well equipped: facilities for guests include a launderette, electric hook-up, loos, showers and chemical/water waste disposal. Well-behaved children and dogs are welcome.