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- Friendly park in south Cumbria's Furness Peninsula
- A mile from Ulverston
- Large play area for kids and a pond
We do like the Furness Peninsula in south Cumbria. First up, as its name might imply, it juts into the sea (we like sea). And much of it is in the Lake District (we also like). And it has the island of Walney, and it borders Windermere, and has miles and miles of coastline to dive into – we very much like all these things too.
And on the peninsula, sheltered within a former quarry, is friendly family-run Bardsea Leisure Park. It's a well-regarded and popular place only a mile from the market town of Ulverston, eight from Windermere and less than four from wild days out at the South Lakes Wild Animal Park.
The loo and shower blocks are roomy and with underfloor heating (we like); other facilities include a launderette, washing-up area, a big play area for kids complete with a pond, a dog exercise area and a large accessory shop and service centre. Wifi is available for an additional charge.
And another exemplary thing about Bardsea Leisure Park? It's open all year round for winter beach walks and frosty lakeside hikes – something else we very much like.
Tourist board rating
Commercial vehicles (vehicles used for work-related purposes, carrying goods or fare-paying passengers) and sign-written vehicles are not permitted on site.
Check availability at Bardsea Leisure Park…
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.
Electric hardstanding touring pitch
Max. persons: unlimited x
Pitch dimensions: unlimited
Ground type: Hardstanding
We allow either an awning or a gazebo. Pup tents are not permitted.
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From the manager...
We are so sorry to read your review as we hope that all our customers have an enjoyable stay, however we are surprised that you felt the showers were shabby as they were refurbished just over 18 months ago with further refurbishment planned for this coming year, and as you may have seen in previous reviews we regularly receive positive comments with customers claiming that we have "the best shower blocks they have ever seen". It is nice that you are obviously a tidy and thoughtful person by your suggestion of a "squeegee" to use after showering and we will take your comments into consideration, however, I would like to mention that the shower blocks are cleaned twice daily. With regard to caravans being "tightly sited", we can only apologise as we are currently undergoing a major development on park, this development will benefit all our customers as we are building a new office space which will make check-in easier, and with the addition of a café will also increase the services we can offer to make your stay even more enjoyable, however during the developments it has meant that we need to temporarily move some of our sales stock onto vacant pitches, in some cases we need to store 2 caravans on the same pitch so I can appreciate it might seem they are "tightly sited". We always face a challenge at the start of the year due to stock pressure, and we have previously considered reducing our season to avoid any negative reviews, however we also have a large number of regular customers who value the fact that we are one of the few touring parks in the Lakes to offer a 12 month season. Hopefully you might consider re-booking with us at a later date when our works have been completed and review us again.We do value all feedback and your comments will help to shape how we communicate with our customers moving forward, kind regards Jason
From the manager...
Thank you for taking the time to add your review and we are sorry that your stay wasn't 100 positive. We always try to ensure we meet customers expectations so I'm disappointed that you weren't able to get the WIFI you paid for, due to our unique setting on odd occasions we can experience the odd lose of signal in the WIFI but that happens again in the future please let us know so that we can address the issue for you. The beginning of the year is the busiest in terms of new caravans and motorhomes arriving on park, and with the current building developments we have been forced to store some of our stock on vacant pitches on touring site, so whilst we apologise that there seems to be an excess of sales units around we do hope that you can appreciate that this is a temporary measure whilst we aim to continue to move our business forward for the benefit of our customers, kind regards Jason
From the manager...
Thank you for your great review, we do inform people that they need to park their car in front of the caravans but, people being people, if they don't see a caravan on a pitch they assume the pitch is empty, and don't consider that there may a motorhome or another customer due on the pitch at any time, but we will take your comments and discuss if we can devise a better way of preventing this occurring in the future, kind regards Jason
Just a good honest warm and welcoming place....
From the manager...
Thank you for your positive comments, we always aim to be as accommodating and helpful as possible and we due hope you will revisit us when the building work is complete and come and enjoy a Latte & bacon buttie, kind regards Jason
From the manager...
Thanks for a great review, we look forward to welcoming you back soon, regards Jason
From the manager...
Thank you for taking the time to review our park and we are sorry that you chose to only stay the one night. As I am sure you noticed we are currently undergoing some major developments in order to improve our customer experience for the future, unfortunately this demands that we need to temporarily move some of our sales stock away from the building works and as we have a high number of stock units in the early part of the year, the only place we can relocate them to is vacant pitches on park. I appreciate that as a guest it might have felt like camping on the sales ground, but I would like to assure you that moving forward it is a short term solution in order to provide better and more modern facilities for all our customers, with hindsight we should have communicated our current situation to you so that you were prepared for your stay, we do hope that you might consider using us again in the future when the works are completed, kind regards Jason
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
Drainage hook-up points for tourers
Fully serviced pitches
Motorhome service point
Tourer storage facilities
Water hook-up points for tourers
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
Horse riding nearby
Indoor pool nearby
Mountain biking nearby
Surf school nearby
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Nearby farmers' market
Public transport nearby
Large (51-200 pitches)
- Coach stations
Morecambe: Central Drive Bus Station
— 11.6 miles
11.6 miles Bolton le Sands (Lancs): Coach Stop — 13.0 miles
13.0 miles Carnforth: Lancaster Rd Coach Stop — 13.3 miles
- Train stations
Ulverston Rail Station
— 0.9 miles
0.9 miles Dalton Rail Station — 4.3 miles
4.3 miles Cark Rail Station — 4.5 miles
- Ferry ports
Lake Bank (Coniston) Ferry Landing
— 8.2 miles
8.2 miles Roa Island Ferry Landing — 8.3 miles
8.3 miles Lakeside Windermere Ferry Landing — 8.4 miles
Liverpool John Lennon Airport
— 59.1 miles
Leave the M6 motorway at Junction 36. Take the first sliproad sign posted Barrow-in-Furness, and then the first exit off the roundabout onto the A590. Stay on the A590 for approximately 20 miles passing through Newby Bridge, arrive at Ulverston and continue over the roundabout (Booth's supermarket is on the left).
At the second junction immediately after the pedestrian crossing, turn left and drive under the railway bridge. Continue on past the Old Farmhouse public house. Bardsea Leisure Park is 300 metres on the right.
A cosy dip first: a swimming pool as well as an indoor/outdoor sports complex is only 300 metres from Bardsea Leisure Park.
Once refreshed, wander into the handsome market town of Ulverston for old buildings, cobbled streets and the Thursday and Saturday street markets selling fresh local produce. (An indoor market is open weekly too.)
A prettily landscaped 18-hole golf course is also in the area, but if you're feeling particularly energetic you might be up for a climb up Hoad Hill and the Sir John Barrow Monument from Ulverston's north east.
The tigers, giraffes, kangaroos, lemurs, monkey and more of the South Lakes Animal Park safari park are towards Barrow-in-Furness, as is the Dock Museum, a free attraction (often with special exhibitions) telling the story of Barrow as a shipbuilding town.
Off the peninsula, visit Walney Island and its nature reserve, or Roa Island to get the ferry over to the island of Piel.
And if you're off to Windermere, go via the restored steam trains of the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway to travel through the Lake District's sterling scenery and board a lake cruise at the end of your journey.
- South Lakes Wild Animal Park (3.7 miles)
- Holker Hall and Gardens (4.1 miles)
- Lakeland Motor Museum (6.6 miles)
- Dalton Castle (4.5 miles)
- Cartmel Priory Gatehouse (5.4 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.
Permitted arrival/departure time
|Camping and touring|
|Arrive:||11 a.m. –||Anytime|
Bardsea Leisure Park cancellation policy
No refunds within 5 days of arrival date.
For cancellations 5 days before arrival we are happy to move your stay to another date (subject to availability).
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.
The balance is due 1 week after booking, or if the arrival date is sooner than 1 week after booking then the balance will be taken immediately.
Payment methods accepted on the parkCheque