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Camping at Cardewlees

8.5

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General

  • Family-run site with scenic views across farmland and fells
  • A 15-minute drive to the city of Carlisle and 30 to the Lake District
  • Supermarkets, restaurants and a swimming pool a 25-minute walk away

For views of fells, farmland and fields make Camping at Cardewlees your next base for a break – this family-run site looks out over splendid Lake District scenery including Carrock Flat Top, High Pike and Skiddaw…

Whether you plan on having hardy hikes or gentle jaunts over the hills, they’re easy to reach as the park is about a 30-minute drive from the northern end of the Lakes. It’s also a 25-minute walk to the small but perfectly formed village of Dalston if you’re not wanting to amble far for a supermarket and restaurants, and as the community’s a regular Cumbria in Bloom winner there are sure to be a fair few flower displays to ooh and ahh over…

The village’s play areas and public swimming pool mean you might even be able to tempt kids along for a wander too – the river setting is excellent for rambling. The Cumbria Way ends at Carlisle and runs through Dalston, so you could join the 70-mile long-distance trail here (or just stop off for a stay at Camping at Cardewlees during an epic walk from one side to the other).

Cycle paths are also strewn through the local landscapes for long or short rides. Before you head off for the day, fill up on breakfast prepped by the site’s owners; just check it’s available when you arrive.

Amenities include a shower and regularly cleaned unisex toilets.


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8.5

Overall rating based on 64 reviews

 

84% would recommend this park to a friend.

83% would stay here again.

  86% described as Peaceful ?

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Overall good campsite ran by friendly owners.09/08/2021

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

  • Powered grass tent or trailer tent site
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Campsite was in a level field containing both toilet and shower facilities with disabled and gender friendly labelling. Owners were warm and welcoming, offering everything from fire pits and wood to jacket potatos and lunches. I have to mention the scotch egg at this point, as it was the best we had ever tasted.

    Disliked: 

    The water pressure struggled when multiple showers were in use. The bags of wood were a little on the pricey side.

From the manager...

Thank you so much for you review.
I am pleased you liked the scotch egg 🤣🤣
Hope to see you again soon, you are welcome to bring your own wood next time x

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Hi really nice site and in a great location only …08/31/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomPaula F.Confirmed

  • FHU grass and gravel trailer site
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Hi really nice site and in a great location only a short walk into Dalston where there is a railway station and a bus stop. There is also a great pub and local shops.

    Disliked: 

    Unfortunately they had a swarm of wasps although they were trying to find where about the nest was.

From the manager...

Thanks so much for your lovely review.
I am so sorry about the wasps, we had a pest control specialist out twice and they couldn't find a nest. They think it is just a really bad year for it 🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️.
We have placed wasp traps along the fence lines of the site though and they seem to be helping.
Hope to see you again soon.

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A great site with clean facilities and situated in a great location.08/29/2021

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

  • Powered grass tent or trailer tent site
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    A great little family run campsite, we were made to feel at home as soon as we arrived. Very quiet site with lovely views of the mountains. Plenty of room to set up our home for the week.
    Very impressed with how well the toilets and showers were looked after, they were always very clean and never a problem getting into them.
    The site is based in a lovely little village with a coop just down the road to get supplies if needed as well as a great takeaway that offers amazing food!

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From the manager...

Thank you so much for your kind words. We are really pleased you enjoyed your stay.
Hope to see you again soon!

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Good site, met our expectations08/24/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Powered grass tent or trailer tent site
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  • Liked: 

    Lots of space, clean and friendly

    Disliked: 

    Would've like hot running water for the cleaning facilities

From the manager...

We are pleased that you would stay with us again.
Hot water will be getting installed into the washing up area shortly.
Hope to see you again.

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Location was fair - quite hard to fins - we …08/19/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomShaun U.Confirmed

  • FHU grass and gravel trailer site
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  • Liked: 

    Location was fair - quite hard to fins - we actually drove around for a good 20 minutes trying to find the site, need to do a loop around a main road to get back onto the road where the camp is.
    At the time we were looking there was no answer on the given number so we stopped and asked directions in the farm next door! He was ok but did say it was a common question asked by people stopping at the camp.
    Camp facilities clean, pitches were grass, EHU and water available along with waste emptying.

    Disliked: 

    Bit of a trek on foot to Dobbies, the nearest centre for a bit of shopping / food. No real control of the campers, kids kicking balls against van, not the sites problem but an issue for us.

From the manager...

Thanks for your feedback.
We are aware that there is an issue with the postcode but all bookings should receive a confirmation email with instructions and directions so we apologise if you did not receive it on this occasion.

We are always available by phone and more than happy to address issues with other campers. If I had been made aware of the situation I would have certainly resolved it as I appreciate how annoying balls being kicked at a caravan can be.

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Site was clean, facilities clean. Lovely and small site, will be back!08/19/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomBecky s.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Powered grass tent or trailer tent site
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Quiet location, small and friendly. Great location

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From the manager...

Thanks very much.
Hope to see you again soon.

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Family run, lovely lovely people08/18/2021

Reviewer's country: United Kingdomstephen w.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Powered grass tent or trailer tent site
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  • Liked: 

    The kids being able to help on the farm was amazing!

    Disliked: 

    Hand blower in the ladies didnt work and the sink was too high for the kids, a little step would make a huge difference for them

From the manager...

Pleased they enjoyed it.

A little step is an amazing idea and I have ordered one on Amazon 👍🏻

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Plenty of space. Good facilities. Easy 6 mile bike ride …08/18/2021

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

  • FHU grass and gravel trailer site
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Plenty of space. Good facilities. Easy 6 mile bike ride to Carlisle castle along a cycle route by the river.

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From the manager...

Chuffed that you did the cycle route.
We love that ride.
Hope to see you again soon.

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Everything. Me and my 2 dogs spent 2 nights here …08/11/2021

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

  • Skiddaw-view camping pod (two man)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Everything. Me and my 2 dogs spent 2 nights here and found its the perfect place to escape to. The facilities and pod were spotless. The site is well thought out and I'm looking forward to seeing how it develops. It was great to see the animals and the owners are lovely.

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From the manager...

Thankfully you aren't reviewing my car 😂😂
It was so lovely meeting you and your beautiful dogs.
Hope to see you again soon x

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Ideal respite from city life08/03/2021

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

  • Powered grass tent or trailer tent site
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    A really well maintained site, although its not a commercial site it is such a lovely setting with fields all around, some with horses, sheep and cows and a beautiful view of the stars on a clear night. Ideal to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. The family running the site are very friendly and approachable. And I loved that you hire a fire pit too, we had ours on our final night and watched the sun set as we toasted our marshmallows, total bliss. The toilets and showers, although they are not your usual brick toilet block and are more portaloo style were still very well maintained and clean. I also liked that you had free reign to choose whichever pitch you liked.

    Disliked: 

    Not anything to dislike at all! although I do want to mention that we had a bit of a wasp infestation which I unfortunately found a bit stressful. But that's totally out of their control so not anything to knock off any stars but I just wanted to let them know!

From the manager...

This picture has got to be one of my favourite ever!!!
It is beautiful!!!
Thank you so much for all your lovely comments, the wasps situation has been sorted. Horrible things.
Hope to see you again soon.

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Features

Leisure on park

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment

Fishing

Fitness centre

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Playground

Recreation room/arcade

TV room

Takeout

Tennis

Watersports

Amenities on park

Bath available

Car parking by site/unit

Composting toilet

Dog park

Drying room

Free wifi

Grocery store

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Laundromat

Parent & baby washroom

Payphone

Pick-up from public transport

Portaloo

Pub toilets

Restrooms

Shower available

Washing-up area

Wheelchair access

Wifi

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Rallies 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

Camping pods

Tipis, yurts, or wigwams

Themes

Budget/backpacker

Hikers’ paradise

Lake and/or mountain

Peaceful

Remote location

Spectacular scenery

Utilities

Charging facilities

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

Nearby farmers' market

Public transportation nearby

Type

Farm

Small (11-25 sites)

Nearby leisure

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horseback riding nearby

Indoor pool nearby

Restaurant nearby

Touring and motorhomes

Water hook-up points for tourers

Location

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  • Cardewlees Farm, Dalston, Carlisle, Cumbria, England, CA5 6LF
  • Timezone Europe/London +0100 (GMT+01:00)   GPS 54.8483°N 3.0076°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Bus Station — 4.4 miles
War Memorial — 14.0 miles
War Memorial — 14.0 miles
Train stations
Dalston (Cumbria) Rail Station — 0.8 miles
Carlisle Rail Station — 4.2 miles
Wigton Rail Station — 6.4 miles
Ferry ports
Pooley Bridge Ullswater Ferry Landing — 18.0 miles
Keswick Ferry Landing — 18.3 miles
Nichol End (Derwentwater) Ferry Landing — 18.5 miles
Airports
Newcastle International Airport — 53.3 miles

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

If you’re keen on history, you could be learning about Carlisle’s in a jiffy – it’s a 15-minute drive from Camping at Cardewlees. The Great Border City also has a castle where Mary Queen of Scots spent a stint behind bars and a cathedral that was founded in 1133. For a flutter on the horses, a racecourse serves the local area too.

To go further back in time – think close to 2,000 years – Hadrian’s Wall, the most visited Roman ruin in the whole of Britain, is a 40-minute drive from the site. The Walltown Crags section’s a stellar place to start your journey to a couple of millennia ago: this stretch of the original wall has eye-popping views over the patchwork of fields below.

Not tired out after your epic journey along the Cumbria Way? Set off along the 84-mile Hadrian’s Wall Path, which runs from one side of England's coast to the other.

Must see

  • Carlisle Castle (4.2 miles)
  • World Famous Old Blacksmith's Shop Centre (11.0 miles)
  • Mirehouse Historic House and Gardens (15.9 miles)

National Trust

  • Wordsworth House and Garden (19.2 miles)
  • Acorn Bank Garden and Watermill (21.3 miles)

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

RV, trailer and tent sites
Arrive:  2 p.m. –  9 p.m.
Depart by:  11 a.m.
On-park accommodation
Arrive:  2 p.m. –  9 p.m.
Depart by:  11 a.m.

Camping at Cardewlees cancelation policy

No refunds within 12 weeks of arrival date.

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 cancelations 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. Camping at Cardewlees 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 at the park

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Terms and conditions

Park booking terms and conditions

  • Does Camping at Cardewlees have a swimming pool? No View all features
  • Is Camping at Cardewlees dog friendly? Yes View all features
  • What attractions are near Camping at Cardewlees? If you’re keen on history, you could be learning about Carlisle’s in a jiffy – it’s a 15-minute drive from Camping at Cardewlees. The Great Border City also has a castle where … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of Camping at Cardewlees?
    RV, trailer and tent sites
    Arrive:  2 p.m. –  9 p.m.
    Depart by:  11 a.m.
    On-park accommodation
    Arrive:  2 p.m. –  9 p.m.
    Depart by:  11 a.m.
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Terms and conditions

Please read the park terms and conditions below and the Pitchup.com terms and conditions.

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

Coronavirus
The washing-up area is not in operation due to restrictions imposed by the coronavirus outbreak.

Admission
Admission is only permitted after registering at reception.
Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.

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.
No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.
Units will be allocated on arrival.

Dogs
Dogs are prohibited from main facilities and amenities.
Dogs must be kept on leashes and supervised at all times.

General
In the event of a complaint, please speak to reception immediately. Complaints which are not brought to the management's attention during your stay cannot be dealt with once you have left the site.
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.

Safety
Barbecues are permitted but must be raised off the ground and attended by an adult at all times.
Firearms are not permitted.
Open fires are prohibited.

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