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Waterhead Coniston

8.3

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General

  • Quiet, back to basics pop-up site on the shore of Coniston Water
  • Tarn Hows and lake cruises within walking distance
  • A 10-minute walk from Coniston village; two minutes to local pub

Waterhead Coniston is a pop-up site in a properly prime position, right on the shoreline of Coniston Water and a 10-minute walk from the centre of Coniston village (for pubs, cafés, takeaways and shops).

This quiet little Cumbria site has been set up in a farmer’s field, with just basic facilities in the form of fresh water and portaloos (there are no further facilities such as bins so you’ll need to take all your rubbish away with you).

The views from here are unsurprisingly splendid, looking over the water and up to the fells – and it’s easy to get out to see a bit more of the Lake District surroundings without using the car, as you can head straight out on walks up to Tarn Hows and local fells or get going on bike rides or hikes by the lake. The refurbed Coniston Inn is a couple of minutes’ stagger away upon your return, although you’re welcome to bring a barbecue along instead if you like.

For more leisurely ways to see the area, take a ride on the Steam Yacht Gondola across Coniston Water or set out for wanders around Brantwood and Hill Top; if you’d prefer to keep the activity going there are plenty of fells and lakes to hike around, and a Go Ape adventure park is 20 minutes’ drive away.


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8.3

Overall rating based on 41 reviews

 

88% would recommend this site to a friend.

85% would stay here again.

  65% described as Lake and/or mountain ?

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Overall I would really recommend the site, we had a great time.09/27/2020

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

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    The camp site is basic, but clean and friendly. It’s well located and maintains. Raggy, the site manager, was great too, friendly, full of advice, generally a nice guy.

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It was on the lake and meant we could get …09/25/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomEllie J.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    It was on the lake and meant we could get straight in the water. We particularly enjoyed the little beach. It was a great location and just a short walk from the village.

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FAB, FAB, FAB09/24/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomBridget S.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    The location couldn’t be better, right on the shore of Coniston water, with great access for water sports, pub next door, 10 min walk to the sailing club with loads of activities & 10 min walk to the village with excellent pubs & eateries as well as shops for anything you might have forgotten, as well as amazing walks right on your doorstep! It’s a ‘pop up’ site & was everything expected.. Portaloos, cleaned daily & fresh water. No showers but why do you need them when you can wash in the lake! It’s a real ‘back to nature’ site to enjoy the amazing solitude in beautiful surroundings. Yes, the grass is wet in the morning, isn’t it everywhere! but couldn’t think of a better place to wake up. Yes it gets muddy when it rains & caution when driving is required, but you don’t go there to drive, you park up & walk! If you want commercial facilities, concrete pitches & a holiday park, this sure is not for you, but if you want to get away from it all & chill it’s perfect.. I felt very privileged to be able to camp in such a beautiful spot.. I can’t wait to return next year, I visited twice in 2 weeks involving a 6 hour round trip, I liked it that much. 😊

    Disliked: 

    Leaving to go home!

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Good location. Friendly staff, would go again.09/21/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomStephen L.Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Good location. Friendly staff, would go again.

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The site was well spaced out and considering the number …09/21/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomCharlotte G.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    The site was well spaced out and considering the number of tents very very quiet. Some have complained about the road noise but we were camped right next to it and the cars were definitely not noisy or intrusive. The toilets were always very clean and well stocked with toilet roll and hand sanitizer. The main bonus for this site was the location, right on the lake with amazing views and walking distance to both Coniston town and Tor Hows and Tom Gill. I really hope the site is there next year, we can't wait to return.

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    Absolutely nothing

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Ideal for a one night stop over. Price too steep for lack of amenities09/21/2020

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

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Easy to find, grass

    Disliked: 

    Too basic

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great stay09/20/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Great location on waters edge and short walk to coniston centre, pubs and shops.
    Plenty of loos.
    Close to main walking routes from site

    Disliked: 

    A sign at the entrance of the campsite would make it easier to find as it can be easily missed.

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Great back to basics campsite with access to the lake09/20/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Small barebones campsite located right on the shores of the lake, very quiet (got worried on Friday night when a lot of groups turned up but thankfully any noise died down to silence after 11pm) with a nice view of Grizedale on the other side of the lake. The campsite ONLY provides drinking water and portable toilets which are very clean and had toilet paper, fires and cookers are allowed off the ground. Coniston is a very short walk away with pubs and restaurants which is ideal when you're sick of beans and bacon

    Disliked: 

    The hotel lights were very bright and stayed on until late at night which took away from the adventure of it all, particularly when you're trying to stargaze. But can't be helped!

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Beautiful views, near to village, best 'basic' campsite in area!09/18/2020

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

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Loved tranquility of site. Pitched over by lake. Yes at night you could hear traffic over on road, but so what? You could also hear owls hooting at night, and woodpecker tapping at tree. Sat outside tent looking out onto lake watching paddleboarders, swimmers, and the Gondola going up and down....amazing!! Short walk into village and round to boat jetty and Bluebird cafe...lovely cafe! Love Coniston...and loved this "Back to basics' site. Would definetely recommend.

    Disliked: 

    Yes field gets muddy if rains, but we were fortunate to have good weather gave field chance to dry out. Owner had closed off one entrance for that reason, but obviously to give ground chance to dry and flatten out, for future campers. Wasn't a problem.

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over priced09/17/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Toilets were clean
    If lucky enough to visit during a dry spell would probably be okay

    Disliked: 

    Over priced for just a field with some portaloos and water bowser, i know it's nice to go back to basics but we stayed at other sites with all fascilities for same price or less.
    I know the weather cant be controlled but this field was a swamp, had to be towed out by friendly fellow camper with a landy, low hanging trees prevent views of lake and shoreline was pretty uninviting, Coniston village is not one of the lake districts pretiest villages to say the least.

    we left a day early

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Features

Coronavirus

Check-in: self check-in (unattended)

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

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

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

Bush

Hikers’ paradise

Peaceful

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

Type

Farm

Medium (26-50 sites)

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Climbing nearby

Cycling nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Watersports nearby

Location

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  • Coniston, Cumbria, England, LA21 8AJ
  • Timezone Europe/London +0100 (GMT+01:00)   GPS 54.3685°N 3.0612°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Ambleside: Bus Shelter, King Street — 9.3 kilometres
Grasmere Coach Stop — 10.0 kilometres
Windermere: Rail Station Coach Stop — 10.3 kilometres
Train stations
Windermere Rail Station — 10.3 kilometres
Staveley Rail Station — 15.8 kilometres
Foxfield Rail Station — 15.8 kilometres
Ferry ports
Waterhead Hotel (Coniston) Ferry Landing — 0.1 kilometres
Monk Coniston Ferry Landing — 0.6 kilometres
Coniston Ferry Landing — 0.6 kilometres
Airports
Durham Tees Valley Airport — 106.8 kilometres

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

Attractions and activities nearby include:

- Steam Yacht Gondola cruises: 10 minutes’ walk

- Tarn Hows: 45 minutes’ walk/10 minutes’ drive

- Brantwood (former home of artist John Ruskin): 10 minutes’ drive

- Hill Top (Beatrix Potter’s former home): 10 minutes

- Go Ape Grizedale: 20 minutes

- Windermere (west shore): 20 minutes

- Claife Heights: 25 minutes

- Lakeland Motor Museum: half an hour.

Must see

  • Beatrix Potter Gallery (4.0 kilometres)
  • Hill Top (6.1 kilometres)
  • Brockhole - Lake District Visitor Centre (8.5 kilometres)

National Trust

  • Gondola' (0.7 kilometres)
  • Coniston and Tarn Hows (0.9 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:  4 p.m. –  8 p.m.
Depart by:  noon

Waterhead Coniston cancellation policy

No refunds within 1 week of arrival date.

Bookings cannot be amended within 7 day(s) of arrival.

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. Waterhead Coniston 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.

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 Waterhead Coniston have a swimming pool? No View all features
  • Is Waterhead Coniston dog friendly? Yes View all features
  • What attractions are near Waterhead Coniston? Attractions and activities nearby include: - Steam Yacht Gondola cruises: 10 minutes’ walk - Tarn Hows: 45 minutes’ walk/10 minutes’ drive - Brantwood (former home of artist John Ruskin): 10 minutes’ drive … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of Waterhead Coniston?
    Camping and touring
    Arrive:  4 p.m. –  8 p.m.
    Depart by:  noon
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Terms and conditions

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

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

Changes to your holiday
Bookings cannot be amended within 7 day(s) of arrival.

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

Occupancy
Group bookings of 4 or more adults are not permitted (couples and immediate family members excepted).
Group bookings of 4 or more units (e.g. tent, touring caravan, motorhome or accommodation hire) travelling together are not permitted via Pitchup.com.

Extras
Motorcycle(s) can be brought instead of the car(s) included.

Occupancy
No bachelor/bachelorette parties permitted via Pitchup.com.

Safety
Open fires are prohibited.

Arrivals and departures
Please pick any available pitch on arrival.

General
Radio, music and TV players must be kept at a low volume. Car doors and trunks must be closed quietly.

Occupancy
Single-sex bookings of 4 or more people (excluding couples) are not permitted via Pitchup.com.

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.

Dogs
The site does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Dangerous Dogs Act (i.e. Pit Bull Terrier, Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino, and Fila Brasileiro) and/or any of the following: Staffordshire bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, Rottweiler, any Mastiff or Tosa.

Taxes
This area is not subject to city tax.

General
This site has no on-site shower facilities.

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

Visitors
Visitors are not permitted on site.

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