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Helton Campsite

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Helton Campsite: Visitor image of the view across the field as the sun was setting behind them around 6:30pm

General

  • Scenic Lake District site with easy access from the M6
  • A 10-minute drive to Pooley Bridge, Ullswater and Lowther Castle
  • Laidback pitches with space for kids to play; dogs welcome

You don’t have to go very far into the Lake District National Park to start appreciating the gorgeous views – and the area around Helton Campsite is a case in point. This spacious Cumbria site is only a couple of miles from the M6 at the northern end of the park so it’s a handy spot for a stopover or a quick fix of country air.

That said, the scenery around here is lovely enough that you could certainly settle here for several days – pitches have gorgeous open views over the surrounding countryside, and there are lots of places to get out for a walk nearby too. Pooley Bridge is about 10 minutes’ drive away for outings on and around Ullswater, and you’ll also easily be able to get to other top spots like Aira Force waterfall and Haweswater (or Skiddaw and Helvellyn if you’d rather do some climbing).

Life on site is fairly simple, with just the essentials provided to keep you going: pitches have access to a toilet and fresh mountain water for drinking, and there’s a field where families can play games. Dogs are welcome to join you here for Lake District jaunts, and there’s space to give them a run around on site plus plenty of choice for walking routes nearby.

This corner of the Lake District has several choices for eating out at pubs and the like, but you’re also welcome to light barbecues or campfires on site if you’d rather settle in for an evening of outdoor cooking. There’s a convenience store just over a mile away in the village of Askham (which also has a pub and an open-air swimming pool).

Please note

This campground/park has no on-site shower facilities.

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

At least one of the party members must be aged 18 or over.


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8.5

Overall rating based on 62 reviews

 

89% would recommend this site to a friend.

87% would stay here again.

  71% described as Budget/backpacker ?

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Don't reccomend for groups of friends.09/18/2022

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

  • Unpowered grass tent or trailer tent site
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  • Liked: 

    Nice views, fairly flat field which was quite big, nice area and had a portaloo.

    Disliked: 

    Only the one portaloo at one end of the field, which other campers completely surrounded making it very uncomfortable to use as you had to walk through their pitches. A blocked off area around ammenties would be better (or more toilets/taps) to prevent people blocking access to these).

    Also, campsite is advertised as no rules surrounding music/noise/group sizes etc, and we picked specifically for this as most campsites don't allow for large groups or music playing. We also checked reviews which mentioned there being groups and music into the early hours which didn't seem to have been a problem. However, despite us moving after pitching up to be away from others who had brought children to be respectful, the owners still came out twice before 11pm for noise complaints. As a group we were conscious of noise levels and were being respectful anyway but having the owners keep coming out especially so early on when nothing in the rules mentioned this, as many other campsites did, ruined the stay quite a lot. We've stayed at other campsites before and have never recieved a noise complaint previously and it seemed out of fit for the campsite we had chosen, when many quiet/family campsites were available if people were looking for that experience. Wouldn't reccomend for group bookings wanting to play any music or chat in the evening around the fire.

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How rural it is your basically in a field camping …09/15/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAdelle M.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Unpowered grass tent or trailer tent site
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  • Liked: 

    How rural it is your basically in a field camping n there tap water and porter loo was in a lovely place ideal if u just staying a night or 2

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Excellent site, facilities need addressing urgently!09/13/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomSean O.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Unpowered grass tent or trailer tent site
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  • Liked: 

    Location and views

    Disliked: 

    Only one portaloo literally full to brim, never seen anything that bad at Glastobury festival!

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Not suitable for families with young children09/12/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomKieran M.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Unpowered grass tent or trailer tent site
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  • Liked: 

    Secluded nature and tranquility

    Disliked: 

    Extremely basic and difficult to find, price is steep considering its just a field with a portaloo and a hosepipe

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Great location, great price, great site09/12/2022

Reviewer's country: United Kingdomandy H.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Unpowered grass tent or trailer tent site
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  • Liked: 

    Very chilled out approach, beautiful location.
    Spacious pitches and excellent value for ££
    We hiked Helvellyn and kayaked on ullswater so nice and close to both

    Disliked: 

    Only 1 portaloo and no showers, knew this before we booked but that’s all I could say to improve, one party was a bit noisy but the owners arrived and asked them to quieten down. Will defo come here again

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Great price excellent views very quite and relaxing nice walks09/05/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomTrudy F.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

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    Beautiful views very quiet nice walk to pooley bridge

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Had a great 1 night stop over to catch up …09/07/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

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    Had a great 1 night stop over to catch up with family who were here for a few days. In a lovely quiet location away from the much busier areas. A nice 20 minute walk to the local village shop which is very well stocked and a short drive to Ullswater. Will definitely visit again. Thank you

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Nice views and quiet. Price was okay.09/06/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Unpowered grass tent or trailer tent site
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  • Liked: 

    Nice views and quiet. Price was okay.

    Disliked: 

    Porter loo + tap was it. Nowhere to wash up or shower.

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Wild camping, good experience09/05/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Unpowered grass tent or trailer tent site
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  • Liked: 

    Scenery and area

    Disliked: 

    Tent on a slight Hill, made sleeping a little c uncomfortable sliding down the air bed

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Great site. Porta loos had to queue for and were just about full09/05/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

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    Open aspect. Excellent scenary. No fuss booking in and out.

    Disliked: 

    Lack of porta loos

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Features

Coronavirus

24+ hour ventilation between accommodation guests

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

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Rules

Barbecue provided

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Budget/backpacker

Peaceful

Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise

Utilities

Charging facilities

Dump point

Electric car charging point(s)

Gas cylinders available

No hot water

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Convenience store nearby

Dog walk nearby

Nearby farmers' market

Public transport nearby

Type

Farm

Small (11-25 sites)

Nearby leisure

Climbing nearby

Cycle hire nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Horse riding nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Outdoor pool nearby

Restaurant nearby

Sailing nearby

Watersports nearby

Location

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  • Helton, Askham, Pooley Bridge, Cumbria, England, CA10 2QB
  • Timezone Europe/London +0100 (GMT+01:00)   GPS 54.5875°N 2.7603°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Rail Station — 8.3 kilometres
Kelsick Road opposite Library — 21.9 kilometres
Lakeside House for Dove Cottage — 22.3 kilometres
Train stations
Penrith North Lakes Rail Station — 8.3 kilometres
Langwathby Rail Station — 13.4 kilometres
Appleby Rail Station — 17.7 kilometres
Ferry ports
Pooley Bridge Ullswater Ferry Landing — 5.0 kilometres
Howtown Ullswater Ferry Landing — 6.9 kilometres
Glenridding Ullswater Ferry Landing — 12.8 kilometres
Airports
Newcastle International Airport — 84.0 kilometres

Directions


Go all the way through the village of Helton, past the triangle field on the way to Bampton. Just as you pass the triangle field, you will see the site to your right.

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

Walking trails for all abilities are plentiful in the Lake District – from Helton your options include lakeside ambling by Ullswater (10 minutes’ drive) or the short stroll to Aira Force waterfall (25 minutes) or more challenging outings like the ascent of Helvellyn (half an hour). Those aren’t the only options for exploring though – the area around Pooley Bridge (10 minutes) has boat hire, various watersports and horse riding centres.

The natural views are spectacular, of course, but there are some lovely buildings to see too – nearby Lowther Castle & Gardens (10 minutes) is worth a visit for the grand building, the 130-acre gardens and the adventure playground, and the Grade I-listed Dalemain Mansion & Historic Gardens (15 minutes) is equally lovely.

If the weather takes a turn, there are several things to keep you busy in Keswick (35 minutes), including the Derwent Pencil Museum, Puzzling Place and tours of the Keswick Brewing Company.

Must see

  • Dalemain Historic House & Gardens (6.1 kilometres)
  • The Rheged Centre (6.8 kilometres)
  • Ullswater Steamers (12.8 kilometres)

National Trust

  • Acorn Bank Garden and Watermill (12.4 kilometres)
  • Townend (22.1 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:  Anytime –  Anytime
Depart by:  Anytime

Helton Campsite cancellation policy

No refunds within 1 week of arrival date.

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. Helton Campsite will debit the balance from your card 2 weeks before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 2 weeks then the balance will be taken immediately.

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 Helton Campsite have a swimming pool? No View all features
  • Is Helton Campsite dog friendly? Yes View all features
  • What attractions are near Helton Campsite? Walking trails for all abilities are plentiful in the Lake District – from Helton your options include lakeside ambling by Ullswater (10 minutes’ drive) or the short stroll to Aira Force waterfall … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of Helton Campsite?
    Camping and caravan
    Arrive:  Anytime –  Anytime
    Depart by:  Anytime
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  • How much does it cost to stay at Helton Campsite? From $28.37 (for 1 night, 2 adults) - prices may change depending on your dates and party. Check prices and availability

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