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The Old Post Office Campsite

9.3

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General

  • On the western edge of the Lake District National Park
  • Bordered by the River Irt for swimming and salmon or trout fishing
  • Showers, toilets, wifi and picnic benches

Established in 1951, The Old Post Office Campsite is in a royally fab location for anyone after a peaceful spot to explore the Lake District. Those looking for quiet stays can deliver themselves to this compact site, just on the western border of the Lake District National Park, to enjoy the very best of the area's spectacular setting.

You can be at the little village of Santon Bridge in a jiffy (it's just a one-minute walk away) and with the River Irt bordering the site, you’ll likely agree The Old Post Office has got the whole package…

Swim, paddle or just bask on the banks of the calm freshwater river that flows right along one side of the site, while avid anglers can scale the choice of catches to be had with salmon, sea and brown trout floundering from the waters. You can borrow a daily or weekly-hire rod from the owners; just arrange this with them when you arrive.

The site’s first-class facilities include modern toilets and showers, a laundry room with coin-operated machines, dishwashing sinks and wifi, with well-tended pathways all around the site and timber picnic benches to take in the mountains, river and countryside views. A gift and farm shop is in Santon Bridge a minute's walk away.

Dogs are welcome too and with all the walking opportunities in and around the Lakes, a holiday here will really deliver the goods for all…


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9.3

Overall rating based on 246 reviews

 

95% would recommend this site to a friend.

91% would stay here again.

  81% described as Peaceful ?

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The location is lovely, just the right size for a …08/01/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomTeresa P.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Electric asphalt and grass touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    The location is lovely, just the right size for a quiet stay. Everything was clean and well maintained.

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Great spot, lovely riverside setting and great pub next door.08/01/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Electric asphalt and grass tent or motorhome pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Great spot, lovely riverside setting and great pub next door.

    Disliked: 

    Pitches are quite close together.

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Excellent site. Will return to if travelling in this part UK.07/31/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomSara B.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

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

    Clean hot showers. Friendly reception. Spotless site. Would highly recommend.

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The site was small, clean, friendly and well-organised! A great …07/30/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomLynn R.Confirmed

  • Electric asphalt and grass motorhome pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    The site was small, clean, friendly and well-organised!
    A great location for walking and biking and a good pub round the corner.
    Will definitely be returning :)

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Everything 😁 wicked river side pitch, clean showers and laundry, …07/30/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomKaren B.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Electric asphalt and grass touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Everything 😁 wicked river side pitch, clean showers and laundry, manager Gareth seemed to care about how our stay was.

    Disliked: 

    Nothing

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Had a breakdown and owner was brilliant helping us.07/29/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomMartyn R.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Fully-serviced asphalt and grass touring pitch (super)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Location and helpfulness of owner

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I accidently booked a hard standing pitch for a tent, …07/28/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomDave B.Confirmed

  • Electric asphalt and grass touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    I accidently booked a hard standing pitch for a tent, the owner was very accommodating and managed to get us on a grass pitch. Lovely clean site in a very quiet location. Very nice pub next door, with nice food.

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    Nothing we disliked at all.

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Excellent site would highly recommend.07/26/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomSally C.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Electric asphalt and grass tent or motorhome pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Location is brilliant, a small site which was lovely and quiet , great having the river on the site, kids and adults in the water, footpaths for walking nearby and near to Wasdale. Pub next door lovely to walk to, great food.

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Excellent site and well maintained Perfect position with Pub and …07/26/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomNigel B.Confirmed

  • Electric asphalt and grass tent or motorhome pitch
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    Excellent site and well maintained
    Perfect position with Pub and Coffee shop close by.
    Excellent stay and would recommended

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A fantastic site with perfect access to many local activities.07/25/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAlison W.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Electric asphalt and grass motorhome pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Superbly clean facilities, small and quiet site, friendly host, beautiful location, proximity to local pub.

    Disliked: 

    Lacking in facilities for children, such as a park. This is more my son’s complaint than mine!

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Features

Leisure on park

Bar or club house

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Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

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Playground

Recreation room/arcade

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Takeout

Tennis

Watersports

Amenities on park

Bath available

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Composting toilet

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Drying room

Free wifi

Grocery store

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Laundromat

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Payphone

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Portaloo

Pub toilets

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Shower available

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Wifi

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Rallies welcome

Scouts welcome

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Rules

Barbecue grills allowed

Barbecue provided

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Camping 2.0

Jumbo tent sites

Themes

Budget/backpacker

Hikers’ paradise

Lake and/or mountain

Peaceful

Remote location

Spectacular scenery

Wildlife haven

Utilities

Charging facilities

Communal fridge

Dump station

Electric car charging point(s)

No drinkable water point

No hot water

No running water

Propane/gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Convenience store nearby

Dog walk nearby

Public transportation nearby

Type

Pop-up campsite

Small (11-25 sites)

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Canoeing/kayaking nearby

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Golf nearby

Horseback riding nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Restaurant nearby

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Touring and motorhomes

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Water hook-up points for tourers

Location

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  • Santon Bridge, Wasdale, Holmrook, Cumbria, England, CA19 1UY
  • Timezone Europe/London +0100 (GMT+01:00)   GPS 54.4021°N 3.3710°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Tangier Street — 21.7 kilometres
Lakeside House for Dove Cottage — 23.7 kilometres
Daffodil Hotel for Dove Cottage — 23.7 kilometres
Train stations
Drigg Rail Station — 5.5 kilometres
Ravenglass Rail Station — 5.7 kilometres
Seascale Rail Station — 7.4 kilometres
Ferry ports
Torver (Coniston) Ferry Landing — 20.1 kilometres
Coniston Ferry Landing — 20.2 kilometres
Sunny Bank (Coniston) Ferry Landing — 20.4 kilometres
Airports
Liverpool John Lennon Airport — 123.2 kilometres

Directions


Turn off the M6 at Junction 36. Follow A590 west to Broughton-in-Furness, passing through Newby Bridge. Follow the A595 through Bootle, Muncaster to Holmrook. Approaching Holmrook turn right for Santon Bridge; follow this road to the end, passing Irton Hall (on your left) and Wasdale Craft Shop (on your left). At the junction turn left - we are at the bottom of the hill near to the river.

Please note - some satellite navigation systems suggest a route via Wrynose Pass and Hardknott Pass. These high level routes are not recommended in the dark, or in adverse weather conditions.

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

Pull on your comfiest boots and walk yourself to merriment around these Cumbrian parts: just over five miles away in Wasdale is one of Britain’s tiniest churches, St Olafs, with its timber beams thought to have been made from Viking ships.

For hungry (and thirsty) fell explorers, the Wasdale Head Inn makes for a welcome pitstop, and the Bridge Inn, just a stroll from the site, is home to the annual ‘Biggest Liar’ competition – no kidding, it’s a real thing… Hikers hotstep to the mighty heights of Scafell Pike and Great Gable (both about seven miles away) and Red Pike (approximately 20 miles north from the site).

At the Wasdale valley, as well as nurturing peaks aplenty, canoeists, kayakers and windsurfers alike will rapidly make their way to Wast Water, just five minutes from the site, the deepest lake in the UK.

Cycling and walking routes around the lakes and mountains are plentiful, as are the chances for boating and fishing, but if you really want to go off-piste, you could try abseiling, climbing, a high ropes course, or even flying: hot air balloon and paragliding experiences are available for those who want to soar even higher than Scafell.

Must see

  • Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway (5.6 kilometres)
  • Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum (23.6 kilometres)
  • Beatrix Potter Gallery (24.2 kilometres)

National Trust

  • Wasdale, Eskdale and Duddon (2.8 kilometres)
  • Buttermere and Ennerdale (16.9 kilometres)

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:  noon –  6:30 p.m.
Depart by:  11 a.m.

The Old Post Office Campsite cancellation policy

No refunds within 3 weeks of arrival date.

More than 21 days before arrival: a £5 cancellation fee will be charged.

Bookings may be transferred to another date within the same year – subject to availability and except bank holidays. Please note that this only applies to cancellations made at least three weeks before the date of the original holiday.

Changes cannot be made once you have booked.

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

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

Deposit transferable during COVID-19. The Old Post Office Campsite will debit the balance from your card 12 weeks before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 12 weeks then the balance will be taken immediately.

Deposit transferable during COVID-19.

You can also opt to pay the full amount at the time of your booking.

Payment methods accepted on the park

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Cash

Terms and conditions

Site booking terms and conditions

  • Does The Old Post Office Campsite have a swimming pool? No View all features
  • Is The Old Post Office Campsite dog friendly? Yes View all features
  • What attractions are near The Old Post Office Campsite? Pull on your comfiest boots and walk yourself to merriment around these Cumbrian parts: just over five miles away in Wasdale is one of Britain’s tiniest churches, St Olafs, with its timber … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of The Old Post Office Campsite?
    Camping and touring
    Arrive:  noon –  6:30 p.m.
    Depart by:  11 a.m.
    Read more

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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.

Safety
Barbecues are permitted but must be raised off the ground and attended by an adult at all times.

Changes to your holiday
Changes cannot be made once you have booked.

Dogs
Dogs must be kept on leashes and supervised at all times.

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.
Group bookings of 4 or more adults are not permitted (couples and immediate family members excepted).

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.

Occupancy
No bachelor/bachelorette parties permitted via Pitchup.com.

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

Vehicles
Only one car is to be parked at the site. Extra vehicles must be parked in the designated area.

Safety
Open fires are prohibited.

General
Radio, music and TV players must be kept at a low volume. Car doors and trunks must be closed quietly.

Occupancy
Single-sex bookings of 3 or more people (couples and immediate family members excepted) are not permitted via Pitchup.com.

Vehicles
The car is only included in the rate if you are traveling with a camper, trailer tent or tent. Cars are not permitted when traveling with a motorhome/RV.

General
The management reserves the right to deny access or terminate the stay of those guests whose behavior is deemed unsuitable. No refunds will be offered.

Dogs
The site does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Dangerous Dogs Act (i.e. Pit Bull Terrier, Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino, and Fila Brasileiro).

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

Arrivals and departures
Units will be allocated on arrival.

Sites
You must follow management instructions when setting up your tent/rig and related equipment.

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