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- 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.
Open from 03/24/2023 to 10/31/2023
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Lovely site with plenty of clean facilities and gorgeous surroundings.
I stayed for 2 nights just me and my dog and it was really good
Excellent family site with lots of added extras
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
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on site
Car parking by site/unit
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
D. of E. welcome
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
Electric car charging point(s)
Gas cylinders available
Convenience store nearby
Dog walk nearby
Nearby farmers' market
Public transport nearby
Medium (26-50 sites)
Cycle hire nearby
Horse riding nearby
Indoor pool nearby
Mountain biking nearby
Outdoor pool nearby
Touring and motorhomes
- Coach stations
— 12.2 kilometres
12.2 kilometres Rail Station — 13.5 kilometres
13.5 kilometres Lakeside House for Dove Cottage — 20.3 kilometres
- Train stations
Penrith North Lakes Rail Station
— 13.5 kilometres
13.5 kilometres Langwathby Rail Station — 20.4 kilometres
20.4 kilometres Lazonby & Kirkoswald Rail Station — 21.2 kilometres
- Ferry ports
Pooley Bridge Ullswater Ferry Landing
— 9.1 kilometres
9.1 kilometres Howtown Ullswater Ferry Landing — 9.4 kilometres
9.4 kilometres Glenridding Ullswater Ferry Landing — 10.0 kilometres
Newcastle International Airport
— 92.1 kilometres
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.
- Dalemain Historic House & Gardens (9.4 kilometres)
- Castlerigg Stone Circle (9.4 kilometres)
- Ullswater Steamers (10.0 kilometres)
- Grasmere and Great Langdale (22.1 kilometres)
- Acorn Bank Garden and Watermill (23.4 kilometres)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.
Permitted arrival/departure time
|Camping and caravan|
|Arrive:||1 p.m. –||6 p.m.|
|Depart by:||11:30 a.m.|
|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.
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.
Payment methods accepted on the parkCash
Terms and conditionsSite 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.