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Mains Farm Camping and Caravan Site

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General

  • Safe and spacious site for letting the kids run around
  • Sure to be a hit with anglers and cyclists
  • Explore the Lake District, Hadrian's Wall and Scottish Highlands

Free range kids? Flapping around a car free environment in Cumbria’s heavenly Eden Valley close to the Lake District National Park? We’d be in a pretty pickle here at Pitchup.com to pick the Main attraction at peaceful, popular and family-run Mains Farm Caravan and Camping Site, but we’re imagining parents gleefully clinking glasses in the child-friendly landscape while the kids run around.

Anglers and bikers flock here too as the farm has its own single bank salmon and trout fishing hotspot just 200 metres up the road (arrange on arrival) and it’s used by cyclists as an overnight stopoff to rest their weary bones on a C2C pedal as it’s 63 miles from Whitehaven and at the base of the Pennines. This is the Cumbrian countryside, so scenic hikes come as additional standard: take one of the private Mains Farm trails across their own land to feel proper exclusive. The Lake District, Hadrian’s Wall and the Scottish Highlands are all 20 – 30 minutes’ drive away.

But back to the kids. Wind them up and let them roam: although Mains Farm is easy to get to from the M6 and a short drive from the Lake District, the Scottish Highlands and Hadrian’s Wall, it’s set well away from main roads and is small enough to be able to keep an eye on any offspring playing on site: pitches are set around open fields or in a walled orchard and all cars have to be parked in the car park away from the pitching areas. All this and a very popular playground with swings, slide, climbing frame and monkey bars on site too: expect not to see small people from dawn to dusk.

Campfires are allowed – hire a fire basket from amiable owners Robert and Julia – and the undercover eating area on site comes with log burner and barbecue. Guests also have use of two kitchen areas with fridges, kettle, oven, hob and microwave, a secure store for bicycles, washing and drying facilities and clean shower and loo blocks converted from the farm’s former stables.

If you’re cooking on site, supplies can be sorted from the Co-op in Lazonby village about a mile away; if you’re feeling lazy/holidaylike, two pubs serving food are within the same distance (ask Robert or Julia to book you a table in advance: like Mains Farm, the village pubs are pretty popular).

Please note

Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.

The site caters for families (immediate members) and couples only - bookings from all other forms of groups are not accepted.

No hen/stag parties permitted via Pitchup.com.


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Beautiful location, friendly welcome. 25/06/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom dave_f773748 Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Electric grass touring pitch
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    Beautiful location, friendly welcome.

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Very welcoming couple, within minutes of arrival , lovely quite ... 14/06/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Margaret G. Confirmed

  • Electric grass touring pitch
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    Very welcoming couple, within minutes of arrival , lovely quite basic facilities but adequate , would definitely go again

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Fabulous little find off the beaten tracks- great pubs close by 04/06/2018

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

  • Electric grass touring pitch
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    Lovely campsite ⛺️
    Clean facilities
    Nice well maintained pitches
    Very welcoming host

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Excellent! Best site we have stayed at. 02/06/2018

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    Everything! A fabulous site and a genuinely warm welcome from the lovely couple that run it. You can rent a firebucket with everything you need and the kids loved roasting marshmallows! Quiet after ten so the kids got a good sleep. Toilets and showers were great and there are fridges/ a kettle/ microwave available for communal use. Plenty to do in the local area. I can't recommend this site enough - it's our last evening and we don't want to go home! We will be booking again for the summer asap. Thanks for a great trip!

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    Nothing.

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Excellent site in fantastic location. 01/06/2018

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    Warm friendly welcome from Robert on arrival. Great location. Great price. Short walk into village that has two pubs. Or a slightly longer but scenic walk along the river to lazonby for shops and outdoor pool.

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    We were pitched in the orchard. A lovely secluded former walked garden that accommodates around 5/6 tents. Unfortunately there were 4 tents already pitched and the flat areas taken. We had to pitch on a sloped more uneven area.

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loved it, very happy 31/05/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Ron S. Confirmed

  • Camping pod (2 adults and 2 children, family)
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    fantastic site, very friendly, nice people running it. Pods were superb, showers and toilets good, facilities excellent. Owners couldnt do enough to help, explained walks, had maps etc. Views were lovely, site nice and quiet. Very good for families no room for yobs. Local village was very nice as well, a 1 mile walk with two very good pubs

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Only stayed for one night but we're made to feel ... 31/05/2018

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    Only stayed for one night but we're made to feel welcome. Great atmosphere and lovely surroundings .

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Beautiful child friendly site with excellent staff and facilities 31/05/2018

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

  • Non-electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch
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    No cars left on site and large space left in the middle of the field for children to play safely. Easy access to local shops and pubs, lovely clean facilities. Fire pits were lovely. Owners were the most friendly and helpful I have ever come across. Would definitely visit again.

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Excellent site with clean facilities, friendly staff and level pitches 30/05/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Christopher P. Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch
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    Very nice site, well thought of and layout very good, owner very welcome to all guests.

    Nice flat pitch grass area's with plenty of space for the kids to un around and play.

    Clean area's, very good.

    Will re-visit soon...

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    No on site shop, however local village 1 mile down the road.

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Peaceful....clean facilities 21/05/2018

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  • Camping pod (2 adults and 2 children, family)
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    Peaceful....clean facilities

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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

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

Local produce

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

Motorhome service point

Rules

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Budget/backpacker

Peaceful

Remote location

Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise

Wildlife haven

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Climbing nearby

Cycle hire nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Outdoor pool nearby

Restaurant nearby

Groups welcome

D. of E. welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Nearby farmers' market

Shop nearby

Type

Farm

Small (11-25 pitches)

Camping 2.0

Camping pods

Jumbo tent pitches

Location

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  • Kirkoswald, Penrith, Cumbria, England, CA10 1DH
  • Timezone Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)   GPS 54.7522°N 2.6819°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Penrith Bus Station — 6.6 miles
Penrith: Rail Station Coach Stop — 7.0 miles
Brampton (Cumbria): Market Place Bus Stop — 13.3 miles
Train stations
Lazonby & Kirkoswald Rail Station — 0.9 miles
Langwathby Rail Station — 4.1 miles
Armathwaite Rail Station — 5.4 miles
Ferry ports
Pooley Bridge Ullswater Ferry Landing — 11.4 miles
Howtown Ullswater Ferry Landing — 14.5 miles
Glenridding Ullswater Ferry Landing — 17.8 miles
Airports
Newcastle International Airport — 43.5 miles

Directions


From the M6, come off at Junction 41, take the A6 to Plumpton then turn off and follow the signs through Lazonby and over the bridge to Kirkoswald. Once in Kirkoswald go past the church, and keep hard right, signpost Glassonby. We are the first available right turn-off, after roughly a mile.

From the A66, come off at the Skirsgill roundabout, as you are entering Penrith. Take the last exit, along the A686. Follow signs for Great Salkeld and Lazonby. In Lazonby turn right at the Midland Hotel and carry on over the bridge to Kirkoswald. Once in Kirkoswald go past the church, and keep hard right, signpost Glassonby. We are the first available right turn-off, after roughly a mile.

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

Heavenly Eden Valley walks are right on the doorstep from Mains Farm Camping and Caravan Site, from ambles to (the pubs at) Lazonby to a hike along the River Eden to see the five chambers in red sandstone cliff of Lacy's Caves and then on to Little Salkeld and the Bronze Age stone circle of Long Meg and her Daughters. Ramble to the north of Little Salkeld to see the Eden Lacy Viaduct over the River Eden, one of a couple of dozen viaducts on the 72-mile journey of the Carlisle to Settle Railway (jump on at Lazonby and Kirkoswald railway station to puff north-west to Carlisle or south to Settle).

The Lake District gateway town and once the capital of Cumbria, Penrith, is less than ten miles from Mains Farm and well worth a pootle around for an afternoon poking around its shops, cafés and Tuesday and Saturday market; climb to the top of Beacon Hill (preferably before enormous cream tea) for a divine view across the Eden Valley to the Lakeland hills. A play centre, climbing wall, horse riding centre and bouncing around in body zorb balls are in town for the kids.

From Penrith it’s less than three miles to the Lake District National Park, an area we can confidently proclaim you’ll need more than an afternoon at for steamy sailing on Ullswater, fell climbing on Scafell and more or moseying around the many museums including pencil, motor, Beatrix Potter and Wordsworth.

Going north for the day – actually, allow at least two – Hadrian’s Wall walks and rambles around the Scottish Highlands are about half an hour’s drive away.

Must see

  • The Rheged Centre (8.3 miles)
  • Dalemain Historic House & Gardens (9.9 miles)
  • Carlisle Castle (14.4 miles)

National Trust

  • Acorn Bank Garden and Watermill (7.9 miles)
  • Allen Banks and Staward Gorge (20.4 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.

Policies

Permitted arrival/departure time

Camping and touring
Arrive:  2 p.m. –  8 p.m.
Depart:  11 a.m.
On-site accommodation
Arrive:  2 p.m. –  8 p.m.
Depart:  11 a.m.

Mains Farm Camping and Caravan Site cancellation policy

Balance refunds: no penalties

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.

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A 15% non-refundable deposit is payable now.

The remainder is payable on arrival.

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Terms and conditions

Please read the park terms and conditions below and the Pitchup.com terms and conditions.

Admission
Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.

Dogs
Dogs must be kept on leads and supervised at all times.

General
Quiet hours must be respected between 12 a.m. and 12 a.m..

Occupancy
No hen/stag parties permitted via Pitchup.com.
The site caters for families (immediate members) and couples only - bookings from all other forms of groups are not accepted.

Additional terms

There are various charges for fishing depending on the time of year; please book on arrival. You need a licence and your own fishing equipment.

The camping pod is suitable for up to 2 adults and 2 children. Occupancy cannot exceed this number, with no exceptions made.

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