Gill Head Farm

View prices & book 9.6 1,156 reviews
Camp life (added by visitor 18 Jul 2022)
Exterior (added by carolincastro 21 apr 2021)
Tent pitches (added by carolincastro 21 apr 2021)
Our pitch set up near the little stream (added by visitor 22 aug 2022)

  • Working hill farm in the north of the Lake District National Park
  • A 15-minute drive from Keswick and Penrith; 10 minutes from Ullswater
  • Stunning views of Blencathra and the Northern Fells
Check out those views… family-run Gill Head Farm is a scenic place indeed, with a backdrop of Blencathra and the Northern Fells. And it’s a cinch to get to as well – this site on the banks of Trout Beck is less than a mile from the A66, so you can get your fix of proper rural time without having to navigate miles of winding lanes. It’s often said that visitors to the Lake District National Park are spoilt for choice when it comes to activities – and that’s certainly true at this Cumbria site. Days of hikes, horse riding, watersports, climbing, visiting historic houses and wild swimming are among the many options around here. If you don’t know where to start, have a chat with the owners – as outdoorsy folk themselves they’re happy to help plan your adventures and offer up local tips. Whatever you get up to by day, it also must be noted that those views make a great setting for an evening by the campfire – handily, there are firepits to hire on site, and bags of logs and kindling for sale. What if it’s not campfire weather? Retreat to the indoor communal area which has comfy seating, a dining area and a little kitchen area (with microwaves, kettles, a fridge and a freezer) – or take the 15-minute walk to the local pub. To stock up on food for your barbecues/picnics there are plenty of shops in Penrith and Keswick, both 15 minutes’ drive away (or get to Keswick on the bus). Back at base, facilities include a laundry room and a shower/toilet block that was done up in 2019 to offer spacious and clean amenities. Please note that group bookings are strictly not allowed at Gill Head Farm. Due to the rural location, the wifi also does not cover the whole site and is limited to a hotspot in the communal room.

Campground type

Caravan sites 8
RV & Motorhome sites 8
Lodges, cabins, pods or huts 11
Tent sites 10
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Please note
  • Group bookings of 2 or more units (e.g. tent, caravan, motorhome or accommodation hire) travelling together are not permitted via Pitchup.com.
  • Group bookings of 3 or more adults are not permitted (couples and immediate family members excepted).
  • Single-sex bookings of 4 or more people (couples and immediate family members excepted) are not permitted via Pitchup.com.
  • No bachelor/bachelorette parties permitted via Pitchup.com.
  • Bookings must not be for more than 14 consecutive nights.
  • The campground/park caters for families (immediate members) and couples only - bookings from all other forms of groups are not accepted.
  • At least one of the party members must be aged 21 or over.
  • Minimum spacing of 4 metres between pitches.
  • This is a quiet campground/park: no music is allowed.
  • If making a fire, the fuel, logs and coal have to be purchased on site.
  • Guests are advised to bring a good quality torch with them as parts of the campground/park are unlit.
  • No naked flames are allowed inside the hired accommodation units.
  • No electric barbecues allowed.
  • Roof tents, trailer tents and campervans are only permitted on the gravel pitches.

Languages spoken

English

Open from Fri, 22 Mar to

Pitch types & availability

Reviews

97%

would recommend this campground to a friend

95%

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Only showing reviews for the last 30 months.

Great site we love it

Overall 10/10
Location 10
Value for money 10
Accommodation 10
Facilities / Activities 10
Customer service 10
Child friendliness 10
Cleanliness 10
Wifi 10
Bradley C. The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Unpowered grass tent site

Liked: Great campsite, we loved it all the views, the location, the farm, the pitches and everything else, owner very welcoming and lots to do such as play area for kids, toilets really cleans and showers nice too we have already booked back up for next month as this was our first time camping as a family with a 4 year old

Disliked: Few people when we were there were playing loud chavy music in the early hours but apart from that nothing

Recommend to friends Visit again

Clean facilities, helpful staff and good location

Overall 8/10
Location 8
Value for money 8
Accommodation 6
Facilities / Activities 8
Customer service 10
Child friendliness No rating
Cleanliness 8
Wifi 4
Anonymous The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Powered grass and gravel caravan site

Liked: The location of the site

Disliked: We had a small pitch

Recommend to friends Visit again

Fantastic amenities

Overall 10/10
Location 10
Value for money 10
Accommodation 10
Facilities / Activities 10
Customer service 10
Child friendliness 10
Cleanliness 10
Wifi No rating
Claire T. The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Unpowered grass tent site

Liked: The campsite was clean with excellent facilities. There was a playground for little ones as well as a communal room with a kettle, fridge and freezer. We will definitely be returning next year!

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Outstanding place, people and surroundings !!

Overall 10/10
Location 10
Value for money 10
Accommodation 10
Facilities / Activities 10
Customer service 10
Child friendliness 10
Cleanliness 10
Wifi 10
David B. The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Unpowered grass tent site (riverside)

Liked: The staff were so friendly and accomodating ! Whole campsite was clean and well maintained and would reccomend to anyone thinking of camping in the lakes ! 100% will be back & thank you so much ! Kind regards. David and Emma.

Disliked: Nothing.

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Excellent site, will definitely go back

Overall 10/10
Location 10
Value for money 10
Accommodation 10
Facilities / Activities 10
Customer service 10
Child friendliness 10
Cleanliness 10
Wifi 8
Robin D. The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Power optional grass tent site

Liked: Great staff, clean facilities and great campsite rules that encouraged an enjoyable stay. Lots of extras you dont always get, like use of a fridge/freezer, common room with wifi etc. Also in a Brilliant location for visiting the northern lakes and the views down the valley are stunning

Disliked: Nothing at all, couldn’t fault it. Worst thing I had to deal with was 1 water tap had a dodgy flow lol

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Very friendly at reception, lovely views on he riverside pitch and very…

Overall 10/10
Location 10
Value for money 10
Accommodation 10
Facilities / Activities 8
Customer service 10
Child friendliness 10
Cleanliness 8
Wifi 10
Anonymous The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Unpowered grass tent site (riverside)

Liked: Very friendly at reception, lovely views on he riverside pitch and very quiet

Recommend to friends Visit again

Gerne wieder

Overall 10/10
Location 10
Value for money 10
Accommodation 10
Facilities / Activities 10
Customer service 10
Child friendliness 10
Cleanliness 10
Wifi 8
Anonymous The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Powered grass and gravel caravan site

Liked: Super Platz, sehr freundliche Betreiber

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Would instantly recommend to many

Overall 10/10
Location 10
Value for money 10
Accommodation 10
Facilities / Activities 10
Customer service 10
Child friendliness 10
Cleanliness 10
Wifi 8
Anonymous The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Camping pod (no pets)

Liked: Incredibly well organised. Pitched at families and/or the quieter camper. We were in the wigwams and we're superb at the price. Toilets immaculate and views were 360 beautiful whilst still accessible the A66 and Keswick. Will be back, for sure.

Disliked: Nothing

Recommend to friends Visit again

The space between pitches The cleanliness of shower and toilet blocks Friendliness of staff Kitchen Dish…

Overall 10/10
Location 10
Value for money 10
Accommodation 10
Facilities / Activities 10
Customer service 10
Child friendliness 10
Cleanliness 10
Wifi 10
Mariane M. The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Powered grass and gravel caravan site

Liked: The space between pitches The cleanliness of shower and toilet blocks Friendliness of staff Kitchen Dish washing areas

Recommend to friends Visit again

Perfect Nature Escape

Overall 10/10
Location 10
Value for money 10
Accommodation 10
Facilities / Activities 10
Customer service 10
Child friendliness 10
Cleanliness 10
Wifi 10
Chloe O. The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Power optional grass tent site

Liked: Came to stay here with my boyfriend and my dog in July. What a lovely treat - and the weather held out for us! But even if it hadn’t, we would’ve enjoyed it just the same. The facilities are EXCELLENT. The staff were very accommodating and the site offered some lovely views of the surrounding fells and farmlands. There was a resident peacock who often took a stroll around the site too. It is a 10 minute walk to a nice dog friendly pub. Short drive to Pooley Bridge, Penrith, Ullswater and other areas. No issues at all during our stay. 10/10 WILL be back. Thank you so much.

Disliked: Length of time we stayed - I could’ve done a week!

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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 TV room Take away Tennis Watersports

Amenities on site

Bath available Car parking by site/unit Composting toilet Dog park Drying room Food shop Free wifi Ice pack freezing Internet access Laundry Parent & baby washroom Pick-up from public transport Portable toilet Pub toilets Public telephone Shower available Toilet block Washing-up area Wifi

Groups welcome

D. of E. welcome Family friendly Motorcycle friendly Rallies welcome Single-sex groups welcome Student groups welcome

Rules

Barbecue provided Barbecues allowed Campfires allowed Commercial vehicles allowed Dogs allowed Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Peaceful Remote location Spectacular scenery Walkers' paradise Wildlife haven

Utilities

Charging facilities Communal freezer Communal fridge Dump point Electric car charging point(s) Gas cylinders available Recycling available Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby Convenience store nearby Dog walk nearby Nearby farmers' market Public transport nearby

Type

Farm Medium (26-50 sites)

Accessibility

Disabled facilities

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 Outdoor pool nearby Restaurant nearby Sailing nearby Tennis nearby Watersports nearby

Touring and motorhomes

Seasonal sites

Location

Gill Head Farm

Troutbeck

Penrith

Cumbria

England

CA11 0ST

Directions

Timezone

Europe/London +0100 (GMT+01:00)

GPS

54.6334°N
-2.96195°W

Nearest transport

Coach
12.2 km Bus Station
13.5 km Rail Station
20.3 km Lakeside House for Dove Cottage
Rail
13.5 km Penrith North Lakes Rail Station
20.4 km Langwathby Rail Station
21.2 km Lazonby & Kirkoswald Rail Station
Ferry
9.1 km Pooley Bridge Ullswater Ferry Landing
9.4 km Howtown Ullswater Ferry Landing
10 km Glenridding Ullswater Ferry Landing

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

Ullswater is the nearest of the lakes at 10 minutes’ drive away, so that’s as good a place to start as any – stop by at Aira Force waterfall on your way down there, then get down to the lake itself for waterside walks, steamer cruises and various watersports – or even a wild swim if you’re feeling brave. Over on the banks of Derwentwater, Keswick (15 minutes’ drive) is another good place to explore, with a brewery, The Puzzling Place and the Derwent Pencil Museum as well as boat trips and paddleboards to hire. Walkers of all varieties have much to choose from around here, from gentle lakeside wanders to uphill scrambles at Blencathra and Helvellyn, both of which are close by. The folk on the farm are happy to suggest routes to suit – or point you towards the likes of Dalemain Mansion (15 minutes), Mirehouse & Gardens (20 minutes) or Lowther Castle (25 minutes) for stately-home strolls.

Water quality at nearby bathing waters

Name Distance Type 2020 2019 2018 2017
Allonby 33.9 km Sea N/A Good Good Good
Seascale 43.1 km Sea N/A Good Good Good
St Bees 44.6 km Sea N/A Excellent Excellent Excellent

Data source: European Environment Agency

Must see

Dalemain Historic House & Gardens 9.4 km

Castlerigg Stone Circle 9.4 km

Ullswater Steamers 10 km

The Rheged Centre 11.6 km

Mirehouse Historic House and Gardens 14.6 km

National Trust

Grasmere and Great Langdale 22.1 km

Acorn Bank Garden and Watermill 23.4 km

Townend 25 km

Wordsworth House and Garden 26.4 km

Windermere and Troutbeck 27.3 km

Cycle routes

Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.

Other

Blencathra Classic - Sharp Edge and Narrow Edge 3.7 km

Mungrisdale - Bannerdale Crags 3.7 km

Threlkeld - Blencathra - Sharp Edge - Scales - Threlkeld 6.2 km

Threlkeld, Westcoe and Keswick Railway 6.3 km

Aira Force - Dockray - Dowthwaitehead - Aira Force 7.2 km

Local events

  • Kendal Calling (Thursday 1 August 2024 – Thursday 1 August 2024)

    Penrith, England 16.2 km

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.

Nearest campgrounds

Unfortunately, we have no nearby bookable sites.

Want to know more about camping in The Lake District and Cumbria?

  • Does Gill Head Farm have a swimming pool? No View all features
  • Is Gill Head Farm dog friendly? Yes View all features
  • What attractions are near Gill Head Farm? Ullswater is the nearest of the lakes at 10 minutes’ drive away, so that’s as good a place to start as any – stop by at Aira Force waterfall on your way … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of Gill Head Farm?
    Camping and caravan
    Arrive:  1 p.m. –  6 p.m.
    Depart by:  11:30 a.m.
    On-site accommodation
    Arrive:  1 p.m. –  6 p.m.
    Depart by:  10:30 a.m.
    Read more
  • How much does it cost to stay at Gill Head Farm? From $52.36 (for 1 night, 2 adults) - prices may change depending on your dates and party.