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9.2
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General

  • Peaceful park overlooking Ullswater
  • Modern, landscaped and with spectacular Lake District views
  • Launderette, drying room, licensed shop and large play area

‘It is the happiest combination of beauty and grandeur, which any of the lakes affords,’ wrote that romantic William Wordsworth, before wandering lonely as a cloud and penning his poem about daffodils bobbing about on the banks of Lake Ullswater.

We quite agree. Ullswater is said by many to be the most beautiful lake in Britain, so staying in the countryside overlooking its banks will lull any wilters into a relaxed (and romantic) mood in no time.

You won’t even have to pitch a tent to retreat and get away from it all in style: the owners at lovely Hillcroft steps away from Ullswater will be very pleased to introduce you to their affordable camping pods, sleeping up to four (two adults and two children under five) and each with their own mini balcony.

The park is modern, landscaped and snuggled among gorgeous views of the English countryside: base yourself here to relax and bloom, or to wander o’er hills and vales as you explore the Lake District.

Facilities on site include all you need with a launderette, drying room, well-stocked licensed shop, washing-up area, wifi, a parent and baby washroom, and toilets with disabled access; there’s a huge play area for the little sprouts, and tail waggers are welcome too.

Gold David Bellamy Conservation Award

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Families and couples only: single-sex group bookings are not accepted via Pitchup.com.

Please note that gazebos are not allowed in the pod area due to fire regulations.


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9.2

Overall rating based on 41 reviews

 

98% would recommend this site to a friend.

95% would stay here again.

 

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Ban ball games on the camping Fields, and sort the night time noise! 18/09/2017

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  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Great location, nice grounds, usually clean and tidy.

    Disliked: 

    Ball games on the camping fields battering your tents! been like it for years, get told every time 'No Ball Games' signs will go up but they never have, there is a field for ball games only seconds away!

    A hot tub at one of the static vans was going all night and the humming noise was a real pain when you're trying to sleep!

    The pitches (1-5) could do with leveling out. they are worse every year!

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Lovely pods happy to come again 18/09/2017

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

  • Family camping pod (2 adults and 3 children)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Reception very helpful on arrival, Lovely pod the area itself is lovely with many families around. Many dogs so happy to be able to bring the pooch and have a lovely time in the lakes for nice long walks and a good bbq at the end of the day

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

  • Camping pod (2 adults and 2 children)
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    Location

    Disliked: 

    Size of pod was smaller than previous we've stayed in

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Very clean pod- Smelled lovely on arrival! Very clean grounds ... 01/09/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Sarah L. Confirmed

  • Camping pod (2 adults and 2 children)
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    Very clean pod- Smelled lovely on arrival!
    Very clean grounds
    Quiet site- both during the day and on a night
    Walking distance to Pooley Bridge for pubs and shops
    Clean toilet/shower facilities
    Arrived early but still able to get into pods

    Disliked: 

    Being picky here...position of light in pod was awkward, could've been higher up or on ceiling. Also could've done with a small light on the decking.

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the pod! Comfortable and dry. 23/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom David T. Confirmed

  • Camping pod (2 adults and 2 children)
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    the pod! Comfortable and dry.

    Disliked: 

    nothing

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Excellent site with clean facilities, lovely pitches and views. 20/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom emma_w115724 Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Family camping pod (2 adults and 3 children)
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  • Liked: 

    Pod was bigger than we thought.
    Excellent shower and toilet
    Facility's.
    Plenty space for kids to run around.
    Lovely location , excellent views and pretty central to Penrith and walking distance to pooley bridge.

    Disliked: 

    No change facility's when shop shut
    Shop didnt stock a great deal
    Of things and ran out of bread at 1pm.

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Excellent site. Staff very friendly and helpful. All facilities ch 18/08/2017

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

  • Camping pod (2 adults and 2 children)
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    Beautiful site. Staff very friendly. Site very clean and checked regular. Central

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Excellent pod for a good price 13/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom susan_o329484 Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Family camping pod (2 adults and 3 children)
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    Great location a short walk.into Pooley Bridge, we were fortunate with the weather and were able to sit out with the dog for a pint or two. Pod was a good size and.warm through the night. Staff were friendly and helpful, the site.was constantly being serviced. i.e grass cut, pods cleaned etc it was immaculate. Toilets and shower block.always clean and never had to.wait, when the new block is finished it will be amazing. Would definitely return

    Disliked: 

    Wi-fi couldn't connect

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Excellent 04/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom jennifer t. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Camping pod (2 adults and 2 children)
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    Only there one nigh but lovely site. Little pasty park shop. Friendly.

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excellent 19/07/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom jeffrey k. Confirmed

  • Camping pod (2 adults and 2 children)
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    the pod was spotless and adeqaute for our needs showers and w.c were kept clean and tidy , the children enjoyed all yhe recreational facilities loveley site on the whole

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Bath available

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Free wifi

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Shower available

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Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Touring and motorhomes

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Rules

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Budget/backpacker

Lake and/or mountain

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Peaceful

Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise

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Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Climbing nearby

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Horse riding nearby

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Mountain biking nearby

Outdoor pool nearby

Restaurant nearby

Sailing nearby

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Groups welcome

D. of E. welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Nearby farmers' market

Public transport nearby

Shop nearby

Type

Medium (26-50 pitches)

Camping 2.0

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  • Pooley Bridge Penrith, Cumbria, England, CA10 2LT
  • Timezone Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)   GPS 54.6099°N 2.8109°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Penrith: Rail Station Coach Stop — 4.1 miles
Penrith Bus Station — 4.5 miles
Troutbeck (Cumbria): Hotel Bus Stop — 5.8 miles
Train stations
Penrith North Lakes Rail Station — 4.2 miles
Langwathby Rail Station — 8.3 miles
Lazonby & Kirkoswald Rail Station — 10.6 miles
Ferry ports
Pooley Bridge Ullswater Ferry Landing — 0.7 miles
Howtown Ullswater Ferry Landing — 3.4 miles
Glenridding Ullswater Ferry Landing — 7.0 miles
Airports
Newcastle International Airport — 53.0 miles

Directions


From Junction 40 of the M6 take the A66 to Keswick. After one mile turn left onto the A592 for Ullswater. At the lake turn left to Pooley Bridge; bear right at the village church; go straight over the crossroads and the park is after 100m on the left.

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

Never be dull around Lake Ullswater, which has a watery wealth of things to do: take a trip on Lady Dorothy or one of the other Ullswater Steamers; zip across the lake in a motorboat or drift around gently on a yacht; go rowing, go diving… or be overwhelmed at the crashing waterfall Aira Force, also mentioned by Wordsworth in his Lake District scribblings.

Those who like to stretch their legs a tad more can make their way to the nearby village of Glenridding at the south of Ullswater to scale Helvellyn, England’s third highest mountain (goggleboxers or campers of a less energetic bent might be persuaded to come along too as this was the setting for the TV series The Lakes).

The village of Pooley Bridge to the north is five minutes’ walk away from Hillcroft and has exceptional views, three pubs and a sixteenth century bridge straddling the River Eamont.

It’s said that the Lake District can experience four seasons in one day, so luckily there’s an array of attractions around suitable for all types of British weather: take tea at Dalemain Historic House and Gardens; trundle on the Lakeside Railway from Haverthwaite to Windermere; gape at the Ice Age stalactites at White Star Cave; go underground again at the Honister Slate Mines; or rabbit away to Jemima Puddle Duck and Mrs Tiggy-Winkle at Bowness’s The World of Beatrix Potter.

Must see

  • Dalemain Historic House & Gardens (1.5 miles)
  • The Rheged Centre (2.8 miles)
  • Ullswater Steamers (7.0 miles)

National Trust

  • Acorn Bank Garden and Watermill (8.9 miles)
  • Townend (14.4 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

On-site accommodation
Arrive:  1 p.m. –  8 p.m.
Depart:  11 a.m.

Hillcroft cancellation policy

No refunds within 30 days of arrival date.

Cancellations are subject to a £20 fee.

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. Hillcroft will debit the balance from your card 30 days before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 30 days then the balance will be taken immediately.

You can also opt to pay the full amount at the time of your booking.

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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.

Additional terms

Families and couples only: single-sex group bookings are not accepted via Pitchup.com.

Late arrivals must notify us as soon as possible.

Please note that gazebos are not allowed in the pod area due to fire regulations.

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