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General

  • Well-maintained park three miles from Penrith and four from Ullswater
  • Wildlife haven with over 70 bird species and 1000+ native trees/shrubs
  • Several walks around the park with info on more at reception

When David Bellamy praises a park, it’s a fairly safe bet that it knows its wildlife and conservation stuff. And so it is with luxury park Flusco Wood in Penrith on the edge of the Lake District National Park, which was pronounced very praiseworthy by the great man himself when he came to see how all was getting on.

Over 70 species of birds have been recorded at the site; around a thousand native trees and shrubs have been planted to encourage local critters to visit, and many wild plants have already decided this is the place to put down roots. There are safe walks for sprogs and their owners around the park, and the area is continually being updated and landscaped to make it extra spruceworthy.

The amenities are blooming good too: a centrally heated building with roomy showers, basins and washrooms, all with free hot water, and an ensuite family/disabled shower room with basin and loo, shaver sockets and coin-operated hairdryers.

There’s also a launderette with coin-operated washing machine, dryer and ironing facilities, a play area and a drying room, boot wash area and dishwashing area. A well-stocked shop has groceries, provisions and Lake District gifts (open from April to November).

For wildlife walks and more off site, Flusco Wood has stacks of tourist info in its reception to help narrow down a few dozen or so Lake District attractions.

Gold David Bellamy Conservation Award

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8.8

Overall rating based on 29 reviews

 

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90% would stay here again.

 
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good clean facilities. friendly staff. sound gravel pitch. 04/10/2016

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

  • Electric hardstanding touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    peaceful location. good dog walking facilities

    Disliked: 

    nothing...

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Great for dog walks, clean facilities, quiet site 13/09/2016

Reviewer's country: Ireland Lynn B. Confirmed

  • Electric hardstanding touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Dog walks, showers (clean and plenty of hot water).

    Disliked: 

    No views for the touring caravans, noise from the landfill site starts at 6.30 am, pot washing area was very dark and the site a little on the tired side. My major gripe was the cost of parking the car at Keswick! Daylight robbery. £3 for 2 hours.

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Nice quiet site 01/09/2016

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Michael B. Confirmed

  • Electric hardstanding touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Staff was friendly and helpful. The site was quiet and clean. Yes i would visit again.

    Disliked: 

    None

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Great site, quiet with excellent facilities. A great dog walk! Great 31/08/2016

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

  • Electric hardstanding touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Facilities
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    Disliked: 

    Showers a bit hot for the children

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Not as good as I hoped 20/08/2016

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

  • Electric hardstanding touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Cleanliness, warden. The warden was very nice and helpful when we arrived.

    Disliked: 

    Location - very near a recycling place, the showers and toilet block were not great (on one day they were pretty cold and the button gave you a ten second shower) although they were clean , a bit soulless as many of the pitches had nobody in the caravans - I think they were seasonal.

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Nice quiet site.friendly staff. Beautiful location. Clean facilities.w 17/08/2016

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

  • Electric hardstanding touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    The location. Easy to pitch.Clean facilities

    Disliked: 

    Nothing to dislike

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Good site with clean facilities, helpful lady on reception. 12/08/2016

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Claire F. Confirmed

  • Electric hardstanding touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Lovely lady on reception who gave us loads of information on things to do and see in the area.
    Very clean toilets and showers.
    Beautiful surroundings.

    Disliked: 

    Water in shower too hot for children, we had to "shower" our 5 year old nephew by dousing him with water from a bowl.

    Having always stayed at sites with some sort of privacy hedge/barrier between pitches (which this site didn't have), we will definitely pay closer attention to checking these are a feature before booking sites in future, as we did sense a lack of privacy.

    We found the pitch small but thankfully, we only had neighbours to the one side of us, otherwise I think we would have felt a little hemmed in.

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Simply stunning friendly and by far the cleanest toilets n showers 👍 10/08/2016

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Norton J. Confirmed

  • Electric hardstanding touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Everything

    Disliked: 

    Nothing to dislike

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Excellent site with clean facilities, friendly staff and level pitches 09/08/2016

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Stephen P. Confirmed

  • Electric hardstanding touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Nice quiet friendly site

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Firat camping trip in our Bongo 07/08/2016

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Ann h. Confirmed

  • Electric hardstanding touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Great clean toilet facilities, lovely site, very friendly

    Disliked: 

    Nothing

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Fishing

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Games room

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

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Outdoor swimming pool

Play area

Take away

Tennis

TV room

Watersports

Amenities on site

Bath available

Disabled facilities

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Launderette

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area

Wifi

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Touring and motorhomes

Drainage hook-up points for tourers

Fully serviced pitches

Hard standings

Seasonal pitches

Water hook-up points for tourers

Rules

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Forest

Lake and/or mountain

Luxury

Peaceful

Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise

Wildlife haven

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Climbing nearby

Cycle hire nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horse riding nearby

Indoor pool nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Outdoor pool nearby

Restaurant nearby

Sailing nearby

Tennis nearby

Watersports nearby

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Public transport nearby

Shop nearby

Type

Medium (26-50 pitches)

Location

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  • Flusco Penrith, Cumbria, England, CA11 0JB
  • Timezone Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)   GPS 54.6561°N 2.8430°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Penrith: Rail Station Coach Stop — 3.4 miles
Penrith Bus Station — 3.7 miles
Troutbeck (Cumbria): Hotel Bus Stop — 4.5 miles
Train stations
Penrith North Lakes Rail Station — 3.4 miles
Langwathby Rail Station — 7.7 miles
Lazonby & Kirkoswald Rail Station — 8.6 miles
Ferry ports
Pooley Bridge Ullswater Ferry Landing — 3.2 miles
Howtown Ullswater Ferry Landing — 5.9 miles
Glenridding Ullswater Ferry Landing — 8.8 miles
Airports
Newcastle International Airport — 52.3 miles

Directions


From the east, south and north travelling on the M6 or A66, leave at Junction 40 and head west on the A66 for 3 miles. Turn right following the brown caravan and Flusco signs.

From the west on the A66, turn left 3 miles before Junction 40 and follow the Flusco signs.

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

The Lake District is the most visited national park in the country and many of its main highlights are minutes away from Flusco Wood. Ullswater and the Northern Fells are five minutes away for shore walks, Ullswater Steamer trips and staggering up mountains, and the Wordsworth fave Aira Force is within a few minutes’ drive.

Blencathra, with six separate fell tops to tackle, and Helvellyn, the third biggest mountain in England, are within close proximity too; for a slightly easier time, try the local lower peaks of Gowbarrow Fell, Souther Fell and Great Mell Fell.

The C2C long distance cycle route passes through Penrith four miles away and goes through the Eden Valley from here to the North Pennines; the Reivers Route, running 172 miles through Cumbria, Northumberland and Kielder Forest, goes over the back of the Skiddaw Fells.

There are many mountain bike routes in the Eden Valley too if a normal cycle is just too tame: go to Penrith to hire a bike and get and a point towards the area’s best routes.

Also energetically, Derwentwater, one of the most popular spots in the Lake District, is about 13 miles from Flusco Wood and is good for a day or three of activities. Derwentwater Marina, Nichol End Marine and the several Derwentwater jetties have the means for sailing, motorboating, windsurfing, kayaking and other damp pursuits, or take a cruise around the lake on Keswick Launch, getting off at whatever jetty takes your fancy.

We suspect that gentler activities might be in order after all that, and there are quite a few of those around too: country houses including Greystoke Castle, Dalemain and Hutton in the Forest; museums and historical attractions like the Pencil Museum and Honister Slate Mines; fishing at the local stuffed-full lakes, or teeing off at the golf course two miles away towards Penrith (teer-offers will also find a floodlit driving range at Penrith and another course at Keswick 11 miles away).

Marketers have several options to take their baskets to, including markets on Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays at Penrith, and a market on Thursdays and Saturdays at Keswick.

Must see

  • Dalemain Historic House & Gardens (2.0 miles)
  • The Rheged Centre (2.5 miles)
  • Ullswater Steamers (8.8 miles)

National Trust

  • Acorn Bank Garden and Watermill (9.7 miles)
  • Grasmere and Great Langdale (16.7 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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