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  • Award-winning wildlife haven near Windermere
  • On the slopes of ancient woodland
  • Licensed shop and wifi

Wonderful wonderful Windermere…like Wordsworth in his Prelude, one can’t help waxing poetic about this lush Lake District area, the biggest natural lake in England and with 18 islands lying within. Aye aye.

Whatever floats your boat, Hill of Oaks places you in neat proximity to all activities and areas of Windermere and the surrounding Lake District National Park: it is on the slopes of ancient woodland for miles of walks, and has exclusive lake frontage for nearly a mile along Windermere’s shores. You’ll also find five private jetties if you’re one of those enviable sorts who have their own vessel – not that you might be envious of boat owners or anything…

This gorgeous park (just look at the pics) is also in a wildlife haven and has picked up awards for its conservation-conscious approach to all things natural; the managed woodlands are a draw for local birds, beasts and flora, and there are nature walks, owl boxes and bird stations throughout the site. If that’s not enough to keep your little beasties occupied, this family-friendly park also has a secure and natural play area for mini visitors.

Facilities at Hill Oaks include wifi, a parent and baby washroom, a licensed shop and a launderette. And as the Lake District is treat-filled for walkies, you might be glad to know that Hill Oaks is dog-friendly too.

This site is a member of Lake District Estates group.

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Leisure on site

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment


Fitness centre

Games room

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Play area

TV room

Take away



Amenities on site

Bath available

Car parking by pitch/unit

Composting toilet

Disabled facilities

Dog park

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access


Local produce

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport


Pub toilets

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area


Groups welcome

D. of E. welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Rallies welcome

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome


Barbecue provided

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Camping 2.0

Camping pods

Pre-erected tents

Tipis, yurts, or wigwams



Lake and/or mountain



Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise

Wildlife haven


Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Communal fridge

Electric car charging point(s)

Gas cylinders available

No drinkable water point

No hot water

No running water

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Dog walk nearby

Nearby farmers' market

Public transport nearby

Shop nearby


Medium (26-50 pitches)

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Climbing nearby

Cycle hire nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horse riding nearby

Indoor pool nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Restaurant nearby

Sailing nearby

Tennis nearby

Watersports nearby

Touring and motorhomes

Drainage hook-up points for tourers

Motorhome service point

Seasonal pitches

Water hook-up points for tourers


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  • Tower Wood, Newby Bridge, Windermere, Cumbria, England, LA12 8NR
  • Timezone Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)   GPS 54.3022°N 2.9486°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Windermere: Rail Station Coach Stop — 5.7 miles
Kendal Bus Station — 8.4 miles
Ambleside: Bus Shelter, King Street — 8.9 miles
Train stations
Windermere Rail Station — 5.7 miles
Staveley Rail Station — 7.3 miles
Grange-over-Sands Rail Station — 7.6 miles
Ferry ports
Lakeside Windermere Ferry Landing — 1.7 miles
Fell Foot Country Park Ferry Landing — 1.8 miles
Far Sawrey Windermere Ferry Terminal — 3.5 miles
Leeds Bradford International Airport — 60.3 miles


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

As the biggest natural lake in England (a worthy ten miles long from Newby Bridge to Ambleside and 219 feet deep), Windermere should be your first stop; if you only do one thing on your hol, take a lake cruise from Bowness Bay to Waterhead on a traditional steamer for gentle Lake District sightseeing.

Belle Isle, the biggest of Windermere’s 18 islands at about a kilometre in length and the only one that was ever lived on is alas privately owned, but you can hire a rowing boat from Bowness and gaze covetedly at it from the water.

On land, walkies are recommended: easy strolls can be had on the family-friendly and viewsome amble from Hills Oak to Gummers How, the highest foothill in the area and to the Lake District’s south; hike to the summit (it’s an easy walk) from Astley's Plantation car park.

Walking up Orrest Head from Windermere is another pleasantly accessible promenade, particularly for youngsters, and if you’re a tougher type, the area has heaps of long distance rambles and climbs (whichever you pick, you’ll likely need your camera to snap several of the views).

Juvenile wildlife fans should go ape at the biodiversity of the Lake District National Park, where they can spot rare species such as endangered red squirrels, peregrine falcons and possibly – if they’re very lucky – Britain’s only nesting pairs of golden eagles.

There are dozens of nature and RSPB reserves in the Lake District and to see more exotic critters up close, Lake District Wildlife Park at Keswick has over a hundred species including boa constrictors, gibbons and meerkats.

Adventurous peeps in the Lake District can also try climbing Scafell Pike, mountain biking at Helvellyn and Skiddaw, bushcrafting at Keswick and watersports all over the park including kayaking, canoeing, sailing and windsurfing.

Too much activity? Head to the town of Windermere for cafés, tearooms, much-needed pubs and that gentle steamboat puffing mentioned earlier; The World of Beatrix Potter is here too.

Must see

  • Windermere Lake Cruises, Lakeside (1.7 miles)
  • Blackwell, The Arts & Craft House (3.2 miles)
  • Lakeland Motor Museum (3.4 miles)

National Trust

  • Fell Foot Park (1.9 miles)
  • Hill Top (3.6 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.

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  • What attractions are near Hill of Oaks? As the biggest natural lake in England (a worthy ten miles long from Newby Bridge to Ambleside and 219 feet deep), Windermere should be your first stop; if you only do one … Read more


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Terms and conditions

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

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

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.

Group bookings of 8 or more adults are not permitted (couples and immediate family members excepted).
The site caters for families (immediate members) and couples only - bookings from all other forms of groups are not accepted.

Commercial vehicles (vehicles used for work-related purposes, carrying goods or fare-paying passengers) and sign-written vehicles are not permitted on site.

Additional terms

The site does not accept canvas tents or pup tents - trailer tents only.