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Mains Farm Camping and Caravan Site

9.8

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General

  • Safe and spacious site for letting kids run around
  • A popular setting for anglers and cyclists
  • Lake District, Hadrian's Wall and the Highlands all within 20-30 mins

Free-range kids? Flapping around a car-free environment in Cumbria’s heavenly Eden Valley close to the Lake District National Park?

You'd be in a pretty pickle to pick the Main attraction at peaceful, popular and family-run Mains Farm Camping and Caravan Site, but it might be parents gleefully clinking glasses in the child-friendly landscape while the kids run around… Anglers and bikers flock here too as the farm has its own single bank salmon and trout fishing hotspot 200 metres up the road (arrange on arrival) and it’s used by cyclists as a stopoff to rest weary bones on a C2C pedal.

This is the Cumbrian countryside, so scenic hikes come as additional standard: take one of the Mains Farm trails across their own land to feel proper exclusive. The Lake District, Hadrian’s Wall and the Scottish Highlands are all 20 to 30 minutes’ drive away.

But back to the kids… wind them up and let them roam: although Mains Farm is easy to get to from the M6, it’s well away from roads and is small enough to keep an eye on offspring; all cars have to be parked away from the pitching areas too. All this and a popular playground: expect not to see small people from dawn to dusk…

Campfires are allowed – hire a fire basket from amiable owners Robert and Julia – and an undercover eating area has a log burner and a barbecue. Guests also have use of two kitchen areas, a secure store for bicycles, a washing machine, decent wifi, and clean shower and toilet blocks converted from the farm’s former stables.

Supplies can be sorted from the Co-op in Lazonby village about a mile away; if you’re feeling too lazy/holidaylike to cook, two pubs serving food are within the same distance (ask Robert or Julia to book you a table in advance: like Mains Farm, the village pubs are pretty popular).


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9.8

Overall rating based on 209 reviews

 

99% would recommend this park to a friend.

99% would stay here again.

  92% described as Peaceful ?

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Lovely Site09/03/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomNICOLA M.Confirmed

  • Camping pod (2 adults and 2 children, family)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Spent one night here as a stop off on our way to Scotland, lovely pod, the girls enjoyed running around and playing in the park, honesty shop on site really nice idea, my girls got some lovely homemade cake and a game.
    Facilities good and clean, car park enough spaces.
    Would recommend.

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Excellent site with friendly staff.08/30/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousConfirmed

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

    Robert was excellent. Really friendly and helpful. Views were beautiful.

    Disliked: 

    Got stuck in one of the showers because the lock was faulty. Fortunately someone was passing so was able to help but quite worrying.

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Perfect on site facilities, perfect service and perfect stay.08/28/2021

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

  • Camping pod (2 adults and 2 children, family)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    The customer service was 5* as well as the assistance on directions around nearby areas.

    Disliked: 

    A few spiders but as expected being a pod.

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Clean, excellent facilities amazing staff and the pods were brilliant.08/27/2021

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

  • Camping pod (2 adults and 2 children, family)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Absolutely everything about the farm such a beautiful stay, the facilities the play park and the paddling lake we’re beautiful! Definitely will stay again next year.

    Disliked: 

    Mother natures little yellow and black pets! Wasps!! Although can’t be helped we realised the fire kept them away in the end.

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Good value and picturesque site08/27/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Camping pod (2 adults and 2 children, family)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    The layout, facilities and friendly service. Clean and well kept

    Disliked: 

    The flies and electric cables running along grass

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good warm welcome from our hosts,shown where all the facilities …08/26/2021

Reviewer's country: United Kingdomdavid l.Confirmed

  • Camping pod (2 adults and 2 children, family)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    good warm welcome from our hosts,shown where all the facilities were situated and then shown to our pod.shower block,toilets and washing up area kept nice and clean,and also use of fridge ,freezer, microwave and kettlle available.small area where use could purchase items by using a honesty box.plenty of space between pitches and pitches spread out over different fields.also small play park for the younger kids which seemed a big hit with the kids. overall lovely camping site and will definitely stay again.

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Excellent family site08/23/2021

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

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

    The owners were very friendly and helpful.
    The site was a well kept site on a farm.
    Showers were very hot and clean.
    Lovely honestly shop with loads of cakes, bits for the kids , fab play park.
    Kitchen area with kettle, toaster and microwave.
    Fridge freezer for everyone to use.
    We had amazing few days away and can’t wait to return next year but for longer

    Disliked: 

    None

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Just perfect!08/16/2021

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

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

    Everything from location and views to facilities and staff.

    Disliked: 

    Nothing

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Fantastic site08/13/2021

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

  • Powered grass trailer site
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    Fantastic site! Clean facilities, lovely owners, nothing was too much trouble. The honesty shop is a fantastic idea. Lovely area and fantastic location. Next year we will be booking to come to the festival had I known it was on this year we would of 100% booked.

    Disliked: 

    Shower curtains

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Very family friendly, safe, pretty and peaceful.08/10/2021

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

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

    Very friendly owners. We even got a lift in a mini bus to the local pub for dinner! Pretty, peaceful site, safe for children. We arrived in our motorhome and joined our daughter, her young family and 2 other young couples who were in a tent and pods. Loved the fire pit.

    Disliked: 

    Just a shame that we could not pitch up closer to the others having explained our set up when booking. The shepherd’s hut toilets were not cleaned at all during our stay.

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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

Local produce

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

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

Camping pods

Jumbo tent sites

Themes

Budget/backpacker

Hikers’ paradise

Peaceful

Remote location

Spectacular scenery

Wildlife haven

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

Type

Farm

Large (51-200 sites)

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Climbing nearby

Cycle hire nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Outdoor pool nearby

Restaurant nearby

Touring and motorhomes

Motorhome service point

Location

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  • Kirkoswald, Penrith, Cumbria, England, CA10 1DH
  • Timezone Europe/London +0100 (GMT+01:00)   GPS 54.7522°N 2.6819°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Rail Station — 6.9 miles
Bus Station — 14.0 miles
Bus Station — 21.2 miles
Train stations
Lazonby & Kirkoswald Rail Station — 0.9 miles
Langwathby Rail Station — 4.1 miles
Armathwaite Rail Station — 5.4 miles
Ferry ports
Pooley Bridge Ullswater Ferry Landing — 11.4 miles
Howtown Ullswater Ferry Landing — 14.5 miles
Glenridding Ullswater Ferry Landing — 17.8 miles
Airports
Newcastle International Airport — 43.5 miles

Directions


From the M6, come off at Junction 41, take the A6 to Plumpton then turn off and follow the signs through Lazonby and over the bridge to Kirkoswald. Once in Kirkoswald go past the church, and keep hard right, signpost Glassonby. We are the first available right turn-off, after roughly a mile.

From the A66, come off at the Skirsgill roundabout, as you are entering Penrith. Take the last exit, along the A686. Follow signs for Great Salkeld and Lazonby. In Lazonby turn right at the Midland Hotel and carry on over the bridge to Kirkoswald. Once in Kirkoswald go past the church, and keep hard right, signpost Glassonby. We are the first available right turn-off, after roughly a mile.

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

Heavenly Eden Valley walks are right on the doorstep from Mains Farm Camping and Caravan Site, from ambles to (the pubs at) Lazonby, to a hike along the River Eden to see Lacy's Caves... and then on to Little Salkeld and the Bronze Age stone circle of Long Meg and her Daughters.

Ramble to the north of Little Salkeld to see the Eden Lacy Viaduct over the River Eden, one of a couple of dozen viaducts on the 72-mile journey of the Carlisle to Settle Railway (jump on at Lazonby and Kirkoswald railway station to puff north west to Carlisle or south to Settle).

Going north for the day – actually, allow at least two – Hadrian’s Wall and Scottish Highlands are half an hour’s drive away.

Must see

  • The Rheged Centre (8.3 miles)
  • Dalemain Historic House & Gardens (9.9 miles)
  • Carlisle Castle (14.4 miles)

National Trust

  • Acorn Bank Garden and Watermill (7.9 miles)
  • Allen Banks and Staward Gorge (20.4 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:  1 p.m. –  8 p.m.
Depart by:  11 a.m.
On-park accommodation
Arrive:  1 p.m. –  8 p.m.
Depart by:  11 a.m.

Mains Farm Camping and Caravan Site cancelation policy

No refunds within 3 days of arrival date.

No refunds within 3 days, however the balance paid can be used against a future booking, subject to availability.

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. Mains Farm Camping and Caravan Site will debit the balance from your card 1 week before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 1 week then the balance will be taken immediately.

Deposit transferable during COVID-19.

Payment methods accepted at the park

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Terms and conditions

Park booking terms and conditions

  • Does Mains Farm Camping and Caravan Site have a swimming pool? No View all features
  • Is Mains Farm Camping and Caravan Site dog friendly? Yes View all features
  • What attractions are near Mains Farm Camping and Caravan Site? Heavenly Eden Valley walks are right on the doorstep from Mains Farm Camping and Caravan Site, from ambles to (the pubs at) Lazonby, to a hike along the River Eden to see … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of Mains Farm Camping and Caravan Site?
    RV, trailer and tent sites
    Arrive:  1 p.m. –  8 p.m.
    Depart by:  11 a.m.
    On-park accommodation
    Arrive:  1 p.m. –  8 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
Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.

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

General
Quiet hours must be respected between midnight and 7 a.m..
The playing of music or live music instruments are not permitted.

Occupancy
No bachelor/bachelorette parties permitted via Pitchup.com.
The park caters for families (immediate members) and couples only - bookings from all other forms of groups are not accepted.

Additional terms

There are various charges for fishing depending on the time of year; please book on arrival. You need a licence and your own fishing equipment.

The camping pod is suitable for up to 2 adults and 2 children. Occupancy cannot exceed this number, with no exceptions made.

Please note that if you are staying in the camping pod, you must bring your own bed/mattress.

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