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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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9.1

Overall rating based on 202 reviews

 

96% would recommend this site to a friend.

92% would stay here again.

 

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great location friendly staff brilliant facilities! 18/11/2017

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

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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  • Liked: 

    everything was great location staff facilities value for money!

    Disliked: 

    n/a

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The campsite itself 02/11/2017

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

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    The campsite itself

    Disliked: 

    The wind, small space to camp and couldn't get tent up due to wind so could not stay overnight and had to go home, no refund given even though we were only there an hour

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Brilliant site 09/10/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Emma-Jane D. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Absolutely everything. The dtaff were lovely and welcoming, the pitch choice was extensive and facilities including the bar and quiz were superb.

    Disliked: 

    The hard ground - however we always have rock pegs so this wasn’t as challenging for us

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Absolutely incredible I am going again and would recommend to anyone 04/10/2017

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

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    The staff and bar tenders were lovely, the view was incredible to wake up too every morning and it was very easy to find with the sat nav and the directions we were given combined.

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The scenery is beautiful. The food is very good at ... 03/10/2017

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

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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  • Liked: 

    The scenery is beautiful. The food is very good at the pub. The toilets and showers were very clean. On a whole the site is a very nice place.

    Disliked: 

    The toilets and showers were shut when being cleaned and would be shut for 2 hours. This made life hard work all is required is a caution sign. The ground was too hard and bent pegs through rock under the soil. This made putting the tent up a much longer process. Due to the ground it has given me reservations of going back.

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Very good site. 26/09/2017

paulchippendale

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    Location was stunning. Staff very friendly and helpful. Pub food very nice and service was excellent. Shower / toilet block very clean. All in all a very good site

    Disliked: 

    Breakfast (in on site pub) not until 08:00 and finishes at 09:30. Restaurant menu a bit limited. Probably being a bit picky in order to give a balanced review. No more than 7 adults allowed in any group. Previous family camp in peak district consisted of 28 adults and 7 kids, so would not have been welcome on this site, which is a shame.

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Will certainly be staying again in future 25/09/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom paul_m143848 Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Location/view fantastic
    Facilities high quality
    Great that shop stays open late
    Good pub for food
    Bar quiz on Saturday good fun

    Disliked: 

    Would be good if metaldire pits were left available for campers
    Ideally table booking at pub for food would be great but not easy to implement I would guess (popularity meant pub was busy at peak times)

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Checked in easy and was given a choice of pitches, ... 19/09/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom tom_p252156 Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Checked in easy and was given a choice of pitches, there was also a pub and shop on site in case of poor weather.

    Disliked: 

    Men's showers were too warm, scolding.

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Nice friendly staff, facilities very clean and shop well stocked! 18/09/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Alan T. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    Views! Amazing! Good walks

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Clean facilities, friendly staff, beautiful location. 16/09/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom joshua_h326004 Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Beautiful scenery, perfect walking location. Greeted by friendly staff and all amenities were well kept and clean. Lovely stay at this campsite.

    Disliked: 

    While this is no reflection on the campsite itself, the high altitude of the site makes for strong winds.

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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 GMT (GMT+00:00)   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

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.

Tax

This area is not subject to city tax.

Payment methods accepted on the park

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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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