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Gill Head Farm

9.6

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General

  • 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.


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9.6

Overall rating based on 735 reviews

 

98% would recommend this site to a friend.

97% would stay here again.

  78% described as Spectacular scenery ?

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Fantastic staff were very accommodating and facilities were great!11/08/2022

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

  • Unpowered grass tent site
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  • Liked: 

    Facilities, staff, location, price, everything!

    Disliked: 

    The weather (not their fault)

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Absolutely wonderful location. Staff extremely friendly on arrival. I also …11/05/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousConfirmed

  • Unpowered grass tent site (riverside)
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  • Liked: 

    Absolutely wonderful location. Staff extremely friendly on arrival. I also needed to alter my dates of stay this was easy to do via email and didn't incur any extra costs.
    Facilities on the site were good. Our pitch was near the river where you could also swim. This was a pleasant surprise as I am an open water swim enthusiast. Ideal location for visiting this part of the Lakes. Will definitely be visiting again.

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Clean facilities, friendly staff, pitch was level.11/02/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Power optional grass tent site
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  • Liked: 

    Beautiful site, very spacious, gorgeous views

    Disliked: 

    Unfortunately the weather can not be help. We had a wet muddy weekend but loved it.

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Fabulous stay, returned many times, clean, welcoming, level pitches.10/31/2022

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

  • Powered grass and gravel caravan site
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    The peaceful site with friendly staff

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    None

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Lovely site with plenty of clean facilities and gorgeous surroundings.10/31/2022

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

  • Kipper cabin
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    Gill Head Farm is a beautiful campsite, really well laid out and organised. The facilities were excellent and clean; it was quite quiet when we visited but even if it was much busier there would still have been plenty of toilets and showers to use. We stayed in the log cabin, which was fantastic — cosy and comfortable, secluded, with gorgeous views of the woods and the waterfall below. The staff were very friendly and helpful. The site is in a great location for exploring the Lake District, with Keswick and Penrith just short drives away.

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I stayed for 2 nights just me and my dog and it was really good10/30/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnita J.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Camping pod (pet friendly)
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  • Liked: 

    Clean, friendly, good location, not to many dogs around as my dog can be picky! Lovely views no wifi in my pod but that’s a positive!

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    None

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Excellent family site with lots of added extras10/30/2022

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

  • Power optional grass tent site
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    A wonderfully set out site with lots of added extras that made our stay. Even down to the fairy lights and lighted walkways. Easy access to a beautiful waterfall and dog walking area. Stunning views!! Plenty of toilets and showers which were generally clean and even an indoor meeting area with sofas and a microwave for when the storm hit! Could not fault this campsite

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We liked the look of this campsite when we was …10/30/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Powered grass and gravel caravan site
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  • Liked: 

    We liked the look of this campsite when we was searching for Lake district .
    Ideally situated for the lakes for touring .

    Disliked: 

    The down fall for this campsite was how the toilets and showers were not that clean .
    Every toilet I went into was mucky down to other people staying there .
    We noticed the next day still not cleaned and put me off .
    We booked 3 nights but decided to leave early so left on 2nd night .

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Really great stay despite the weather. I’d love to stay again!10/29/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Unpowered grass tent site
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    Really easy to find, everything on the site was well signposted so finding everything was simple, easy arrival process with really lovely staff, great amenities (social area, washing up area, showers, toilets, water taps etc.. ), nice amount of space in between pitches so still had privacy, in a great location for walks and there was even a dog walking field on the site so bonus!

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Level pitches, adequate facilities, on-site shop, dog friendly10/28/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Power optional grass tent site
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    Level pitches, adequate facilities, on-site shop, dog friendly

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Features

Coronavirus

Capacity reduced to increase social distancing

Check-in: contactless (in person)

Disinfectant sprays and wipes provided

Shared spaces: more frequent cleaning

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

Disabled facilities

Dog park

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Laundry

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Portaloo

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

Camping 2.0

Camping pods

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)

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

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Location

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  • Troutbeck, Penrith, Cumbria, England, CA11 0ST
  • Timezone Europe/London GMT (GMT+00:00)   GPS 54.6334°N 2.9620°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Bus Station — 12.2 kilometres
Rail Station — 13.5 kilometres
Lakeside House for Dove Cottage — 20.3 kilometres
Train stations
Penrith North Lakes Rail Station — 13.5 kilometres
Langwathby Rail Station — 20.4 kilometres
Lazonby & Kirkoswald Rail Station — 21.2 kilometres
Ferry ports
Pooley Bridge Ullswater Ferry Landing — 9.1 kilometres
Howtown Ullswater Ferry Landing — 9.4 kilometres
Glenridding Ullswater Ferry Landing — 10.0 kilometres
Airports
Newcastle International Airport — 92.1 kilometres

Directions


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.

Must see

  • Dalemain Historic House & Gardens (9.4 kilometres)
  • Castlerigg Stone Circle (9.4 kilometres)
  • Ullswater Steamers (10.0 kilometres)

National Trust

  • Grasmere and Great Langdale (22.1 kilometres)
  • Acorn Bank Garden and Watermill (23.4 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 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.

Gill Head Farm cancellation policy

No refunds within 10 days of arrival date.

Modifications are subject to a £10.00 ($19.11) fee.

Bookings cannot be amended within 5 day(s) of arrival.

The campground/park is not liable for any refund in the event of force majeure.

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

A 15% non-refundable deposit is payable now. Gill Head Farm will debit the balance from your card 10 days before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 10 days then the balance will be taken immediately.

Refunds within the indicated cancellation period are only possible if the campground/park is able to relet your unit/site.

You can also opt to pay the full amount at the time of your booking, or at any point before the due date.

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Terms and conditions

Site booking terms and conditions

  • 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.
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