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Glamping in The Lake District and Cumbria

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Glamping in Cumbria

The main reason to go glamping in Cumbria is the Lake District. But there’s more to this county than the glorious tarns and fells of one of England’s best national parks. First, there’s the windswept Solway Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Then there’s the fact it covers the lush western section of the green Yorkshire Dales. And of course it’s also home to a part of the North Pennines, a UNESCO Global Geopark characterised by its moors, peatlands and upland rivers. 

The glamping sites in Cumbria are also a fabulous attraction in their own right. Whether you’re travelling solo, as part of a couple or with friends and family, there’s a spot to suit in our range of rental tents, lodges and more. Like the sound of staring out at sparkling lakes from the comfort of a real bed? Or warming up in a hot shower after a coastal walk? Read on to find the right Cumbrian glamping site for you, along with the top activities and attractions nearby.

Where you should stay in Cumbria 

  • If your main aim when glamping in Cumbria is to tour the Lake District, stay at a site near history-packed market towns like Keswick towards the park's north or Bowness-on-Windermere, slightly south of centre. A little over to the west, the Eskdale Valley is an entrancing area close to Scafell Pike, England’s biggest mountain. 

  • Speaking of sky-piercing peaks, hikers might like to book their accommodation near the trail up the mighty Helvellyn. For gentler treks, the easier path along the scenic Catbells might be a better option. Look for a glamping site nearby with luxuries like a hot tub to ease those post-walk aches.

  • For countryside living that’s a little less busy than in the Lakes, go glamping in the North Pennines. Or get the best of both worlds by staying at a central location like Armathwaite, which is perfectly positioned for exploring both areas by car. 

  • To keep the kids out of your hair on family-friendly glamping holidays in Cumbria, choose a glamping site with a play area. Alternatively, base yourself near attractions for all ages, like the Ullswater steamer boat trips and the relatively flat walking paths around the picture-perfect Tarn Hows.

  • If you’ve left the children at home or want some couples’ time, browse adults-only glamping sites where you can soak up the fresh, clean country air in peace.

What you can do in Cumbria

  • Organising a glamping break in Cumbria during the off-season? You’ll want to plan some rainy-day activities. Luckily, there are varied options to experience locally, from the interactive exhibits at the World of Beatrix Potter to the displays of vintage vehicles at the Lakeland Motor Museum. Once the weather calms down, head to Aira Force – this waterfall is even more impressive just after a downpour. 

  • Many of our glamping sites are open all year and have heating to keep you cosy in the cooler months. Wrap up warm and you can also enjoy wintry walks ending by the fire at the rural inns around Ambleside

  • With 300 billion litres of water in Windermere alone, the Lake District is of course a hub for aquatic sports. Use the filters on this page to go glamping near sailing, kayaking and fishing spots. The best lakes for these types of activities include Windermere, Derwentwater, Coniston Water and Wast Water. Rather gentle strolls through sublime scenery? Don't miss the beauty of Buttermere. 

  • The national park is also a haven of adventure – as well as hiking, you can go climbing on lofty crags and mountain biking down full-throttle trails. Families, meanwhile, are often fans of the ropes courses in Grizedale Forest. 

Here’s how

Pitchup makes it easy to find and book your break. Browse our Cumbria glamping sites to find all sorts of features and facilities, from pods with internet access to yurts that welcome dogs. Simply use the filters on this page, choosing as few – or as many – as you’d like to see all the different options. 

Whether you want to stay near the wildlife-rich Solway Coast or right in the lush heart of the Lake District, there’s a glamping site in Cumbria for you. But if you’re eager to explore more of this region of England, take a look at our North Western and North Eastern selection too. Or you can search across Wales and Scotland to find inspiration elsewhere on mainland Britain for your next glamping break.