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- Peaceful park near Penrith in the Lake District National Park
- In a wildlife haven overlooking Ullswater
- Play area, football pitch and shop open in season
Squirrel! Did you know that the red squirrel is a very shy critter that mostly won’t be spied if it hears big humanly footsteps (a bit like hobbits)? Sssh: you might just spy one around beautiful Waterfoot Caravan Park, an immensely peaceful place near Penrith in the Lake District National Park.
Like the thought of spotting red squirrels in the wild, the look and location of Waterfoot should make one want to pack up and move here with some immediacy. Not only is it in the grounds of a Georgian mansion, with scurrying wildlife all round, but it overlooks gorgeous Ullswater, with steamer cruises on Lady Dorothy, famed walking routes and, with luck – carrying a notepad/sketchpad to note/sketch sightings of glorious daffodils.
Waterfoot is a family site over a most viewsome acre of land, with up-to-date showers and toilets, a shop open daily during the season, a laundry room and indoor washing-up areas to combat any Lake District rain. Sans rain, kids have a play area with swings, climbing towers, rocking toys and slide, and there’s a small football pitch for big brothers and sisters.
Reception is easily found at the front of the park, so check in and lace up your walking boots to take in the wildlife and walks of some of the prettiest parts of the country – did someone say squirrel…?
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If you are looking for relaxed stay this is the place to go to
very pleasant site clean facilities helpful staff warm welcome
The space between plots was generous, the facilities were spotless, …
Lovely clean site facilities really good helpful staff
would definitely recommend
Beautiful site clean facilities excellent pitches lovely grounds
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Leisure on park
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on park
Car parking by site/unit
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Barbecue grills allowed
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
Lake and/or mountain
Leave the car at home
Electric car charging point(s)
No drinkable water point
No hot water
No running water
Propane/gas cylinders available
Convenience store nearby
Dog walk nearby
Nearby farmers' market
Public transportation nearby
Medium (26-50 sites)
Cycle hire nearby
Horseback riding nearby
Mountain biking nearby
Outdoor pool nearby
- Coach stations
— 7.2 kilometres
7.2 kilometres Bus Station — 20.1 kilometres
20.1 kilometres Lakeside House for Dove Cottage — 21.4 kilometres
- Train stations
Penrith North Lakes Rail Station
— 7.1 kilometres
7.1 kilometres Langwathby Rail Station — 14.1 kilometres
14.1 kilometres Lazonby & Kirkoswald Rail Station — 17.3 kilometres
- Ferry ports
Pooley Bridge Ullswater Ferry Landing
— 0.5 kilometres
0.5 kilometres Howtown Ullswater Ferry Landing — 5.1 kilometres
5.1 kilometres Glenridding Ullswater Ferry Landing — 10.6 kilometres
Newcastle International Airport
— 86.1 kilometres
Arrival information during Pooley Bridge roadworks:
Ignore any temporary signs on the roads around Cumbria directing you to Pooley Bridge. To access the site, head for Junction 40 of the M6 and take the A66 west towards Keswick. At the next roundabout take the exit marked A592 Ullswater. After 3.5 miles the site entrance is on the right, directly off the A592. (N.B. The village of Pooley Bridge is still accessible by foot from the site with a 15-minute walk.)
Waterfalls, walks, watersports, history and heritage are all here: start off with the miles of bridleways around Ullswater, all linked by Ullswater Steamer routes, and take the circular route around Maiden Castle which starts and ends at Waterfoot Caravan Park.
The site is surrounded by the Dalemain Estate which has five acres of gardens and swathes of historic parkland; the house and gardens themselves are less than two miles away (the cream teas are heartily recommended).
At least a day must be had on and around Ullswater, the Lake District’s second biggest lake, for a trip on Lady Dorothy or one of the other steamers; a spot of sailing, diving or boating, or a scale up Helvellyn, England’s third highest mountain and lying at Ullswater’s south (stagger to Glenridding village afterwards for refreshments).
Wildlife including red deer and those red squirrels can be spotted in many Lake District woodlands and fells, but to maximise your chances of a sighting, scurry along to the flagship red squirrel reserve at Whinlatter Forest near Keswick, where there’s also a red squirrel trail with a visitor centre and rope bridge..
- Dalemain Historic House & Gardens (2.2 kilometres)
- The Rheged Centre (4.9 kilometres)
- Ullswater Steamers (10.6 kilometres)
- Acorn Bank Garden and Watermill (15.4 kilometres)
- Grasmere and Great Langdale (23.1 kilometres)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.
- Does Waterfoot Caravan Park have a swimming pool? No View all features
- Is Waterfoot Caravan Park dog friendly? Yes View all features
- What attractions are near Waterfoot Caravan Park? Waterfalls, walks, watersports, history and heritage are all here: start off with the miles of bridleways around Ullswater, all linked by Ullswater Steamer routes, and take the circular route around Maiden Castle … Read more
- When can I check in and check out of Waterfoot Caravan Park?
Camping and touring Arrive: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. Depart by: noon