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Sykeside Camping Park

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General

  • Remote location but with easy access to the Lake District and Cumbria
  • In a walker's paradise in the Dovedale Valley
  • Modern facilities and well-stocked shop

The placing of this Penrith park is pretty perfect. Get ready for Lake District and Cumbrian valley walks in sublime surroundings, at this friendly site in a walker's paradise at the northern foot of the Kirkstone Pass.

Although it's listed as in a remote location and is set deep and quietly in the Dovedale Valley, Sykeside Camping Park is easily accessible to the best of the Lake District and Cumbria, as it's just off the A592 and is no more than half an hour's drive from Ullswater, Patterdale, Glenridding, Ambleside, Coniston and Keswick. Cruising around Windermere is about 20 minutes away.

Sykeside's Dovedale Valley locale has it surrounded by Dove Crag, Hart Crag and Fairfield, and with the town of Brotherswater nearby. Short strolls around Brotherswater are among the walky local options, or you could have a longer hike from the town's high street, where many walks start. (Or take the also most pleasant option of just staying in town and seeking out your holiday local the Brotherswater Inn for a pint or two of regional ale among the splendid regional scenery.)

The Sykeside team has set the site out carefully to blend in with its surroundings and make the most of its natural settings, but have added modern amenities to keep guests comfy, like the shower and toilet facilities with shaving points and power points, and the laundry room with washing machine, tumble dryer and washing-up area.

Feel free to set yourself up here to ignore the rest of the outside world: the well-stocked shop sells most of what you might need including fresh food, camping equipment, maps and guides; and because of the site's position right at the bottom of the valley, telly reception is pretty unreliable and you'll not get a single bar on your mobile – did someone mention digital detox…?

Please note

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

Bookings must not be for more than 28 consecutive nights.

No hen/stag parties permitted via Pitchup.com.

Due to the position of the campsite at the bottom of the valley, television reception is extremely unreliable, and there is no mobile phone reception at all.

Group bookings of 7 or more adults are not permitted.


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9.3

Overall rating based on 186 reviews

 

96% would recommend this site to a friend.

92% would stay here again.

 

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Great site, good location, a little impersonal 24/06/2018

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

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Location, friendly staff, pub was welcoming

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    Showers weren’t great, temperature was inconsistent and lights turned off in the bathroom after being in the shower for a few minutes.

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Lovely site with good facilities. 22/06/2018

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

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Choice of where to pitch tent. Beautiful location.

    Disliked: 

    Unfortunately due to the weather we did not enjoy our stay as much as we would have had the weather been kind but would like to return and enjoy it in better conditions.
    Unable to use the facilities on arrival as shut for cleaning from 12-2pm...

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Campsite is in a fantastic location with amazing views. The ... 18/06/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Jonathan S. Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    Campsite is in a fantastic location with amazing views. The site is well maintained and the staff are very friendly and helpful. The toilets and shows are clean and as long as you don't shower at peak times the water pressure and temperature is excellent. The shop is also well stocked. Will become a regular now.

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Camp site was very clean and staff were very welcoming. ... 18/06/2018

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

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    Camp site was very clean and staff were very welcoming. The facilities were in excellent working order and extremely clean. Shop staff were very helpful and professional.

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Good location. Friendly staff. Good facilities. 17/06/2018

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

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    Good location. Friendly staff. Good facilities.

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Great place to stay and eat 16/06/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom evelyn m. Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    The site was just fab ,well situated plenty of walks from the site , friendly staff , great restaurant which served great food , also very dog friendly. Had the biggest fish dinner ever seen . Plenty of space for tents .

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Overall great campsite, loads to do, well looked after facilities 15/06/2018

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

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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  • Liked: 

    The location is amazing great walks around and easily driving distance to other places near by like keswick or Windermere

    Disliked: 

    The weather turned on us very fast, ground for tents was hard tent pegs struggled to go in

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Great stay 14/06/2018

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

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    Park car by tent
    Showers
    Shop

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Exactly what we wanted. Great Location to Helvellyn and Ambleside 13/06/2018

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

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    Location, flat pitches, views, onsite pub, shower facilities, local walls, onsite dhop

    Disliked: 

    Midges

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The views were beautiful. Staff were very friendly and helpful. ... 12/06/2018

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

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    The views were beautiful. Staff were very friendly and helpful. On site shop had everything you needed.

    Disliked: 

    Alot of midges but nothing some repellent could solve.

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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

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

Hard standings

Rules

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Lake and/or mountain

Remote location

Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Cycle hire nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horse riding nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Restaurant nearby

Sailing nearby

Watersports nearby

Groups welcome

D. of E. welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Shop nearby

Type

Large (51-200 pitches)

Pub campsite

Location

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  • Hartsop, Penrith, Cumbria, England, CA11 0NZ
  • Timezone Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)   GPS 54.4986°N 2.9247°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Grasmere Coach Stop — 4.8 miles
Ambleside: Bus Shelter, King Street — 5.0 miles
Thirlmere Coach Stop — 6.8 miles
Train stations
Windermere Rail Station — 8.3 miles
Staveley Rail Station — 9.5 miles
Burneside (Cumbria) Rail Station — 11.8 miles
Ferry ports
Glenridding Ullswater Ferry Landing — 3.2 miles
Howtown Ullswater Ferry Landing — 5.6 miles
Ambleside Waterhead Ferry Landing — 5.7 miles
Airports
Durham Tees Valley Airport — 60.0 miles

Directions


From the south:
Leave the M6 at Junction 36 and take the A591 Kendal bypass through to Windermere. Just through Windermere turn right onto the A592 to the Kirkstone pass and Ullswater. Over the pass and down the other side, towards the bottom, you will see The Brotherswater Inn on the left. Turn into the pub car park - then drive through for the campsite.

From the north:
At Junction 40 on the M6, take the A66 westward towards Keswick. After a quarter of a mile turn left onto the A592 to Ullswater, following the road for approximately six miles in the direction of Windermere and Kirkstone Pass. The entrance to the campsite is approximately two miles beyond Patterdale on the right-hand side of the road before the Brotherswater Inn. If you miss this entrance, turn into the pub car park - then drive through for the site.

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

Sykeside Camping Park's central location in the Lakes means it has loads of activities within easy reach by foot or car and on land or water.

For watery days within 20 minutes of the site, join one of the most popular pastimes in the Lake District with a cruise on Windermere, or get serious about the water and hire a boat or learn to sail with Glenridding Sailing Centre on Ullswater. Boat trips are also available from Coniston Water and Keswick.

By land and also within 20 minutes are the crashing hike around Aira Force waterfall, and the medieval manor and greenery of Dalemain Mansion & Historic Gardens as well as the heritage and cinema of the The Rheged Centre at Penrith.

Within half an hour, spy ospreys at Bassenthwaite near Keswick, have a ride on the 3.2 miles of the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway, and wander around the The Rheged Centreancientness of the Castlerigg stone circle, the most visited in Cumbria.

Must see

  • Ullswater Steamers (3.2 miles)
  • Rydal Mount and Gardens (4.2 miles)
  • Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum (4.8 miles)

National Trust

  • Grasmere and Great Langdale (5.7 miles)
  • Townend (6.1 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:  12 p.m. –  10:30 p.m.
Depart:  12 p.m.

Sykeside Camping Park cancellation policy

Balance refunds: no penalties

No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.

Group bookings of 3 or more units (e.g. tent, touring caravan, motorhome or accommodation hire) travelling together are not permitted via Pitchup.com.

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.

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
Admission is only permitted after registering at reception.
Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.

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.
No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.

Dogs
Dogs must be kept on leads and supervised at all times.
Guide dogs are allowed on site free of charge.

Extras
Motorbike(s) can be brought instead of the car(s) included.

General
Bookings must not be for more than 28 consecutive nights.
In the event of a complaint, please speak to reception immediately. Complaints which are not brought to the management's attention during your stay cannot be dealt with once you have left the site.
The grocery shop is open between 15/04 and 05/10.
The management reserves the right to deny access or terminate the stay of those guests whose behaviour is deemed unsuitable. No refunds will be offered.

Occupancy
Group bookings of 3 or more units (e.g. tent, touring caravan, motorhome or accommodation hire) travelling together are not permitted via Pitchup.com.
No hen/stag parties permitted via Pitchup.com.

Pitches
Units should not be left unoccupied unless previously agreed with the management. Please speak to reception when the need arises, a fee may be charged for unsupervised units.

Reception
Reception is open from 12 a.m. to 12 a.m. between 01/01 and 31/12.

Safety
Barbecues are permitted but must be raised off the ground and attended by an adult at all times.

Taxes
This area is not subject to city tax.

Additional terms

Solo occupancy discount: this is applicable exclusively if you are travelling alone with a one-man tent. This discount is not applicable if the tent is larger.

Due to the position of the campsite at the bottom of the valley, television reception is extremely unreliable, and there is no mobile phone reception at all.

Group bookings of 7 or more adults are not permitted.

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