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Camping at Cardewlees

7.7

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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 hol – 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 top 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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7.7

Overall rating based on 31 reviews

 

71% would recommend this site to a friend.

71% would stay here again.

  85% described as Peaceful ?

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Location and pitches02/04/2020

Reviewer's country: IrelandAnonymousConfirmed

  • Fully-serviced grass and gravel touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Location and pitches

    Disliked: 

    hard to find reccomend using google maps
    taxis find it hard also as postcode doesn't work

From the manager...

Thanks for your feedback, we have problems with our address as there are two Cardewlees Farm's and they split the postcode. I will have a look into this. Pleased you enjoyed your stay. Nice comments mean that little bit more during this difficult time.

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A cracking, open, working farm, easy walking to get provisions01/14/2020

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

  • Fully-serviced grass and gravel touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Beautiful views, beautiful farm animals, beautiful dog play fields, excellent hardstanding, showers and toilet had a selection of toiletries for everyone to use if they wanted to. Farmer Bill welcomed us with a sturdy handshake! and was there if we needed anything.

    Disliked: 

    None

From the manager...

Farmer Bill loved this comment. Just looking through our reviews to try and cheer myself up. Hope you are all keeping well and hope to see you soon. Nice comments mean that little bit more during this difficult time.

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Easy from start to finish , pod was really nice11/02/2019

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

  • Skiddaw-view camping pod
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Pod was clean , good location , was really nice toilets are a little walk but not a major issue.

    Disliked: 

    It’s not a dislike , it’s a personal opinion. The pods could do with curtains :) apart from that fantastic

From the manager...

You are so right, they do need curtains and I will get this sorted. Never thought about getting dressed etc!!
Nice comments mean that little bit more during this difficult time. Thank you so much. Hope you are staying safe.

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Friendly helpful staff even though we booked late and arrived late10/11/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Fully-serviced grass and gravel touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Lovely small farm site, nice atmosphere, helpful and friendly. Good location as a stop off on the way around Scotland, will hopefully stay again on the way back or on future trips

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From the manager...

Be great to see you again. Hope you are staying safe during these difficult times.

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The peace & quiet, and the views Friendly chatty owners …09/22/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomKate M.Confirmed

  • Fully-serviced grass and gravel touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    The peace & quiet, and the views
    Friendly chatty owners
    Level hard standing
    Good electric & water points
    Recycling facilities
    Easily accessible from the motorway
    The noises of the farm animals!

    Disliked: 

    Signage - Signs for the campsite could be more obvious, we drove past twice!
    Toilet/shower facilities basic this year but plans to be improved.

From the manager...

Thanks for your kind words.
Hope to see you again soon x

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Basic site, friendly, close to the Lake District with great views.09/04/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAngela P.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    The views were lovely. Friendly people, flexible on leaving time.

    Disliked: 

    The set up of the toilets plus the blockages everyday.
    Also lack of communication regarding the pitches due to weather conditions.

From the manager...

Thanks for your feedback. Our facilities are basic but we try to represent this in our rates. Unfortunately we are not on mains sewerage and excessive use of toilet paper can sometimes cause a blockage. We are always available and onsite so if there are any issues we are only a phone call away.
In regards to the condition of the pitches we have experienced severe weather conditions in Cumbria and the ground is wet, however we opened the field adjacent to the main camping field in order to deal with this issue. I am sorry if this was not communicated too you.

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Kids loved it09/02/2019

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

  • Electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Excellent time

    Disliked: 

    Non

From the manager...

So pleased they had a nice time. That's what we wanted when we decided to open our home up to you all. hope to see you again x

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Anonymous user

Friendly owners, poor facilities08/31/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousConfirmed

  • Electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Quiet, close by village, close to main roads.

    Disliked: 

    Shower/toilet left a lot to be desired, there were hundreds of flies in the shower which I had to use fly spray before I could go in. There is no light in the shower and it was not clean, there was left over shampoo’s, conditioner’s and shower gels left on the windowsill along with a clothe that was dried up and had been left there covered in cobwebs and dead flies.
    The grass was too long in the fields, there was a porta loo in one of the fields that was in a very bad state.
    The washing up area is just a sink with no hot water, out in the open next to the recycling bins and toilet waste.
    Very poor signage we drove past it 3 times before we found it.

From the manager...

i am so sorry that you did not enjoy your stay. The toilets are cleaned twice a day morning and evening and there is a sign with contact details asking campers to call us if they are unhappy with the cleanliness. Unfortunately although we make every effort to keep the facilities clean we are not able to account for the condition they are left in by other campers.
Cumbria has experienced an extreme amount of rain in August and the grass is certainly not our desire length, however as we cut the field with heavy machinery we made a decision to leave it longer rather than risk churning it up as the ground is soft.
I believe the porta-loo you are making reference too was in the adjacent field to the campsite and was not intended for use by campers or indeed was even in the camping field.
We have had a few suggestions about placing a cover over the washing up area and this is certainly something we will be doing.
Apologies about the lack of signage, there is one at the end of the lonning and google maps should bring you straight to the field.

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The potential of this site is amazing! The location is …08/31/2019

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

  • Fully-serviced grass and gravel touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    The potential of this site is amazing! The location is fantastic. So close to Carlisle with all its attractions, but you would never know it. Cardewlees is a rural idyll. The camping field is on top of a hill overlooking the most incredible views of rolling hills and mountains in the distance. There is plenty to explore. Even a surprise lake hidden to one side. (the lakes themselves are only half an hour away) My children loved the animals and the owners are very kind and welcoming and happy to introduce the kids to the animals. I am afraid they really are going to have to sort out their washing and toilet facilities before the next season. Although the saving grace is that the one shower is very good with a lovely view out of the window 😁
    I would happily pay more for improved toilet and shower facilities xx

    Disliked: 

From the manager...

Ahh thank you for your kind words.
Improving our facilities is the next priority, we want to stay affordable with one fixed rate so we weren't in a position to invest as much as we would have liked in the toilet block. However due to the success off our first year we can do this for next season without passing the cost on to you guys.
Hope to see you again soon.

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Nice little site ,friendly staff, lovely views08/31/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnthony c.Confirmed

  • Electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Nice little site ,friendly staff, lovely views

    Disliked: 

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Really pleased you enjoyed your stay. Hope to see you again.

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Amenities on park

Bath available

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Composting toilet

Drying room

Free wifi

Grocery store

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Laundromat

Parent & baby washroom

Payphone

Pick-up from public transport

Portaloo

Pub toilets

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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

Themes

Budget/backpacker

Hikers’ paradise

Lake and/or mountain

Peaceful

Remote location

Spectacular scenery

Utilities

Charging facilities

Communal fridge

Dump station

No hot water

No potable water point

No running water

Propane/gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Convenience store nearby

Public transportation nearby

Type

Farm

Tiny (1-10 sites)

Nearby leisure

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horseback riding nearby

Indoor pool nearby

Restaurant nearby

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Location

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  • Cardewlees Farm, Dalston, Carlisle, Cumbria, England, CA5 6LF
  • Timezone Europe/London +0100 (GMT+01:00)   GPS 54.8509°N 3.0075°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Carlisle Bus Station — 6.8 kilometres
Wigton: King Street Bus Stop — 10.1 kilometres
Longtown (Cumbria) Graham Arms Coach Stop — 17.7 kilometres
Train stations
Dalston (Cumbria) Rail Station — 1.3 kilometres
Carlisle Rail Station — 6.5 kilometres
Wigton Rail Station — 10.4 kilometres
Ferry ports
Pooley Bridge Ullswater Ferry Landing — 29.2 kilometres
Keswick Ferry Landing — 29.8 kilometres
Nichol End (Derwentwater) Ferry Landing — 30.0 kilometres
Airports
Newcastle International Airport — 85.7 kilometres

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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 (6.6 kilometres)
  • World Famous Old Blacksmith's Shop Centre (17.5 kilometres)
  • Mirehouse Historic House and Gardens (25.9 kilometres)

National Trust

  • Wordsworth House and Garden (31.2 kilometres)
  • Acorn Bank Garden and Watermill (34.5 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 touring
Arrive:  2 p.m. –  9 p.m.
Depart by:  11 a.m.
On-site accommodation
Arrive:  2 p.m. –  9 p.m.
Depart by:  11 a.m.

Camping at Cardewlees cancellation 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 cancellations 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 on the park

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Terms and conditions

Site 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?
    Camping and touring
    Arrive:  2 p.m. –  9 p.m.
    Depart by:  11 a.m.
    On-site 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.

Admission
Admission is only permitted after registering at reception.

Safety
Barbecues are permitted but must be raised off the ground and attended by an adult at all times.

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

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

Safety
Firearms are not permitted.

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.

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.

Safety
Open fires are prohibited.

General
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.

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

Arrivals and departures
Units will be allocated on arrival.

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