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- 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…?
Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.
No hen/stag parties permitted via Pitchup.com.
Bookings must not be for more than 28 consecutive nights.
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.
Check availability at Sykeside Camping Park…
Party: 2 adults
Many sites set a maximum occupancy of 6/8 people per pitch, so try breaking your booking down into smaller groups to generate more results. For example, if you’re a group of 10, enter 5 people in your initial search and then book 2 pitches.
However, where the pitch or accommodation occupancy allows it, you can make a booking for up to 30 adults and 30 children in one booking.
To book multiple pitches or accommodation, use the 'Special requests' box on the booking page to ask to be sited together. Complete the booking form for the first booking (you can add a password and save your card so that we remember your details). Then click "Make another booking like this" at the top of the confirmation page to make the next booking.
Large groups: check the listing page for any group restrictions set out in the terms and section titled ‘Please note’.
Large tents/caravans: check the restrictions on unit dimensions to ensure your unit is suitable for the space you will be provided with.
Non-electric grass tent pitch
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Excellent site with clean facilities, mostly friendly staff.
Leisure on site
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on site
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Gas cylinders available
Touring and motorhomes
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
Lake and/or mountain
Cycle hire nearby
Horse riding nearby
Mountain biking nearby
D. of E. welcome
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Large (51-200 pitches)
- Coach stations
Grasmere Coach Stop — 4.8 miles
4.8 miles Ambleside: Bus Shelter, King Street — 5.0 miles
5.0 miles Thirlmere Coach Stop — 6.8 miles
- Train stations
Windermere Rail Station — 8.3 miles
8.3 miles Staveley Rail Station — 9.5 miles
9.5 miles Burneside (Cumbria) Rail Station — 11.8 miles
- Ferry ports
Glenridding Ullswater Ferry Landing — 3.2 miles
3.2 miles Howtown Ullswater Ferry Landing — 5.6 miles
5.6 miles Ambleside Waterhead Ferry Landing — 5.7 miles
Durham Tees Valley Airport — 60.0 miles
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.
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.
- Ullswater Steamers (3.2 miles)
- Rydal Mount and Gardens (4.2 miles)
- Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum (4.8 miles)
- Grasmere and Great Langdale (5.7 miles)
- Townend (6.1 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.
Permitted arrival/departure time
|Camping and touring|
|Arrive:||12 p.m. –||10:30 p.m.|
Sykeside Camping Park cancellation policy
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.
A 15% non-refundable deposit is payable now.
The remainder is payable on arrival.
This area is not subject to city tax.
Payment methods accepted on the parkCash