21 Best Family Campsites in the Lake District

The Lake District is a great place for a camping trip, and there is a huge amount of choice when it comes to campsites.

Here we’ve covered all kinds of family campsites in the Lake District. We have quiet campsites, lively campsites, campsites with loads of facilities, and those with just the essentials. We’ve included small campsites right through to larger campsites, and made sure all areas of the Lake District are covered.

All of these campsites have either been tried out by us here at Lake District with Kids, or our trusted friends and family who have recommended them.

So wherever you want to stay, and whatever type of campsite you prefer, there should be something here that fits the bill.

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Coniston Park Coppice

As the name suggests, Coniston Park Coppice is a lovely, leafy site. Run by the Caravan and Motorhome Club, it has 228 touring pitches, but I don’t think it ever feels that big as the layout spreads the pitches out in little glades scattered about. The campsite has three play areas spread out across the campsite, which were very popular when we visited, although the main attraction is the lake access.

Lake access is through a gate at the bottom of the campsite (the helpful campsite wardens can help you choose a pitch close to the lake if you would like it). Once through the gate its a 400metre walk to the lake ‘beach’. Coniston village is 1 mile away.

  • Who can stay: Tents, caravans, motorhomes
  • Toilets? Yes
  • Shower facilities? Yes
  • Dog friendly? Yes
  • Playpark? Yes

Castlerigg Farm, Keswick

This is a lovely site, with far reaching views across Derwentwater and the northern Lake District fells. They make sure to state on the website that they do not take large groups, to make sure the site is family friendly and not too loud at night.

The campsite has a field for tents, where electric hook-up pitches can be reserved beforehand, and another field for campervans/motorhomes and caravans. The site is a 5 minute drive from Keswick, or a 30 minute walk through the woods if you’d rather walk. There is a shop on site, and a takeaway van visits daily through the high summer season.

  • Who can stay: tents, caravans, motorhomes
  • Toilets? Yes
  • Shower facilities? Yes
  • Dog friendly? Yes very. There is a dog walk area and even a doggie shower! Also dogs stay for free.
  • Playpark? No

Castlerigg Hall

We stayed here to kick off our North Coast 500 adventure (yes, we started it in the Lake District!) and it was our first experience with a motorhome. This was a great campsite with amazing views and a nice little shop, along with a huge playing field perfect for the kids to let off some steam. The location is brilliant, 5 minutes drive or 30 minutes walk to Keswick. If you’re touring, I recommend booking a pitch with a lake view, it’s definitely worth it.

  • Who can stay: tents, motorhomes, caravans
  • Toilets? Yes
  • Shower facilities? Yes
  • Dog friendly? Yes
  • Playpark? No but it does have a huge playing field

Troutbeck Head

This site is a favourite of ours, as it was the first site we ever took our caravan to. We’d been recommended it as it’s such a straightforward site, and we’ve since been back a few times.

Located just off the A66 fairly near to Rheged, Troutbeck Head is run by the Caravan and Motorhome Club. It’s a really flat, really simple site with a shop (cash only) and a little playground. You will also find access to a little stream just off the dog walking path, with a lovely area to play and throw stones in.

The main draw here is the location, with easy access to Rheged (15 minutes), Keswick (15 minutes) and Ullswater (15 minutes-ish). Non-members are very welcome to stay on site too.

Sunset at Troutbeck Head
  • Who can stay: caravans, motorhome, campervans
  • Toilets? Yes
  • Shower facilities? Yes
  • Dog friendly? Yes, with a little area just off site ideal for dog toileting.
  • Playpark? Yes

Great Langdale, Ambleside

At the foot of Crinkle Crags and Bowfell, this campsite looks like it should be in the middle of a Lake District postcard. Run by the National Trust and located in the Langdales, this campsite gives great access to so many walks, bike rides and lakes.

Great Langdale campsite is mainly for tents, and does accept group bookings if you’re visiting with other families. There are a few motorhome/campervan pitches too, and nine camping pods.

  • Who can stay: tents, motorhomes, camoervans
  • Number of pitches: 175
  • Toilets?
  • Shower facilities? Yes
  • Dog friendly? Yes, maximum 2 dogs per pitch
  • Playpark? No

Park Foot, Ullswater

Park Foot is a big, lively campsite with a lot going on. It has direct access to Ullswater, which makes it a popular choice for campers. The site has it’s own beach at the edge of the lake, so whether you just want to paddle or you want to enjoy some watersports, everyone can enjoy the water.

Park Foot is super family friendly, and has two play areas – one for younger children and one for slightly older children. It also advertises pony trekking, sailing on Ullswater, and bike hire to keep everyone busy! A restaurant and shop on site also mean families are well catered for during their stay.

  • Who can stay: tents, caravans, motorhomes, campervans
  • Toilets? Yes
  • Shower facilities? Yes
  • Dog friendly? Yes, with a dog walking area
  • Playground? Yes, two.

Borrowdale Caravan and Motorhome Club Site

Some people are out off this site because of the lack of toilet block and shower facilities, but honestly we love it. It’s beautiful and leafy with a few different glade type areas spread out through the site, giving it a lovely feel.

The campsite is situated at the south end of Derwentwater (whereas Keswick is at the north end), and there is lake access through a gate from the campsite and across a field. From here, you will find the boardwalk which starts the walk round the lake, and also access to Catbells is signposted from the same area. From the boardwalk there is access to the many little lakeshores around Derwentwater too.

Path to Derwentwater from the Borrowdale campsite

Our children have loved this site, a little river feeding into the lake runs through it and this along with the lake access has given hours of entertainment.

  • Who can stay: caravans, motorhomes, campervans
  • Toilets? No
  • Shower facilities? No
  • Dog friendly? Yes
  • Playpark? No

The Quiet Site, Ullswater

This multi award winning site has become really quite famous, and for good reason. A little different to most other sites, The Quiet Site prides itself on it’s (well deserved) eco credentials that it maintains along with the fact that it’s just a great site.

Super family friendly, The Quiet Site has both camping pitches and a variety of different glamping options, including pods, cabins, cottages, and hobbit holes. There is a zero waste shop on site, and a bar with a children’s games room attached. You’ll even find electric car chargers and a doggy wash room to clean up any messy puppers after a day in the lakes!

Located close to Ullswater, there are plenty of walks in the area, and it is also perfect for Penrith, Rheged and Keswick.

  • Who can stay: tents, caravans, motorhomes, campervans
  • Toilets? Yes
  • Shower facilities? Yes
  • Doggy friendly? Yes
  • Playpark? Yes – a play field. No swings or slides but lots of scope for imaginative play.

Meathop Fell, Grange over Sands

A less obvious choice, Meathop Fell is just outside Grange over Sands, which is a part of the Lake District that often gets overlooked. But its a great choice for families, both for Grange itself and it’s proximity to the south lakes area.

The top of Hampsfell, above Grange over Sands

Grange over Sands is a lovely town by the sea, and the promenade is a great walk or scoot for young children. The views across Morecambe Bay are amazing and the prom has a cafe and a playpark which makes an easy day out. Meathop Fell site itself is a lovely green site run by the Caravan and Motorhome Club, with all the facilities you might need along with a playpark for children.

The site is also ideally placed for Windermere, Coniston, and Grasmere, including Brockhole, Windermere Jetty Museum, and the World of Beatrix Potter.

  • who can stay: caravans, motorhomes, campervans
  • Number of pitches: 113
  • Toilets? Yes
  • Shower facilities? Yes
  • Dog Friendly? Yes
  • Playpark? Yes

Wasdale – National Trust

Deep in the heart of the Lake District, Wasdale campsite is surrounded by beautiful countryside, and one mile away from Wasdale lake itself. This is campsite for adventurers; it is surrounded by mountain bike trails, and beautiful walks including England’s tallest mountain, Scafell Pike. The nearby lake means paddleboarding and kayaking can also be on the menu, and Wasdale is often much quieter than many of the other lakes because of it’s location.

The campsite itself run by the National Trust. It is fairly simple but has everything you need, including a shop, optional electric hook up, and electric charging for bikes. As well as pitches, there are pods, tipis and bell tents you could choose to stay in, and the entire campsite is surrounded by the most beautiful views you could imagine.

  • Who can stay: tents, campervans, motorhomes, it also has bell tents, tipis, pods.
  • Number of pitches: 120
  • Toilets? Yes
  • Shower facilities? Yes
  • Dog friendly? Yes
  • Playpark? No

Sizergh Caravan and Camping

Sizergh Caravan and Campsite is right on the very southern fringes of the Lake District, outside the National Park boundaries. Situated just outside Kendal, the site is on an organic working farm, complete with farm trail, farm shop, raw milk vending machine and very popular cafe. The campsite is also within walking distance of Sizergh Castle, with it’s fabulous grounds and Wild Trail.

This is a small site, with one camping pod, five caravan pitches and 10 tent/trailer tent pitches. The Low Sizergh Barn farm trail, which is perfect for children, takes you from the pitches, through the farm and back with loads of play opportunities amongst the trees and streams.

Tractor at Sizergh Barn
The play tractor at Sizergh Campsite

The cafe is upstairs from the farm shop, and at 3:30pm you can watch the cows being milked through the gallery windows at one end of the cafe. Downstairs and outside, you are very welcome to visit the cows and give them a little stroke on the nose!

We love Sizergh! Read more about Sizergh Barn and Sizergh Castle.

Sizergh is handy for visiting Kendal and Grange, and is only 15 minutes from Windermere.

  • Who can stay: tents, caravans, motorhomes, campervans. It also has a pod.
  • Number of pitches: 15
  • Toilets: yes
  • Shower facilities: yes (with underfloor heating!)
  • Dog friendly? yes
  • Playpark? No, but plenty to keep children busy.

Rydal Hall

Rydal Hall campsite is on the Rydal Hall estate, close to the A591 between Ambleside and Rydal. This is a campsite for families looking for a peaceful stay on a simple campsite, while still being in an excellent location for access to the central and south lakes.

The campsite accepts tents, and has a variety of other accommodation including eco-pods, cottages, and a bunkhouse that sleeps 28 for a big family trip! Rydal Campsite uses it’s own hydro-electric plant along with solar power to maintain a low carbon footprint, and eco-friendly products can be found in the shop at Rydal Hall

  • Who can stay: tents
  • Toilets: yes
  • Shower facilities: yes
  • Dog friendly? yes
  • Playpark: no

Harbour Lights, Haverigg

Another campsite on the fringes of the Lake District, this is a coastal site and well worth including. With a beach on one side and views of the fells on the other, Harbour Lights campsite is ideal for a family trip.

The location on the south west tip of the Lake District means this campsite is ideally placed for access to the western fells, but also to the west coast, which is a beautiful and very undiscovered coastline. A journey 30 minutes up the coast brings you to Ravenglass, with the Ravenglass-Eskdale railway which is a favourite for children.

Our bell tent in a corner of Harbour Lights campsite

Harbour Lights campsite itself is an easy, flat campsite, with a mix of electric and non-electric pitches, along with a camping pod available to book. We’ve stayed in a tent and a motorhome on this site, and both times we’ve made the most of the beach being a two minute walk away.

  • Who can stay: tents, caravans, motorhomes, campervans
  • Toilets: yes
  • Shower facilities: yes
  • Dog friendly: yes
  • Playpark: no, but the beach is right there!

Syke Farm Campsite, Buttermere

On a working farm, Syke Farm Campsite is located in Buttermere. It intentionally tries to maintain a back to basics feel so if you’re looking for that type of stay, this might be your place. A mixture of tents, yurts and a shepherds hut are available as accommodation, with parking away from the tents over a little bridge to keep the quiet feel to the campsite.

Buttermere is neighbours with Keswick, Cockermouth and Borrowdale, which means this campsite is ideally located for access to the northern lakes and fells, and the adventures they hold. Honister Slate Mine and Whinlatter Forest are in easy reaching distance, and packed lunches can be arranged for any days out from Syke’s Tea Room in Buttermere village (just ask staff when you arrive at the campsite about this).

  • Who can stay: tents. Yurts and a shepherds hut are also available to book.
  • Number of pitches:
  • Toilets: Yes
  • Shower Facilities: Yes, 50p for 5 minutes of hot water
  • Dog friendly: yes
  • Playpark: no

Low Wray, National Trust

We love a lakeside campsite and this one is particularly lovely. Located on the western shores of Lake Windermere, Low Wray campsite is run by the National Trust. The pitches can have lake, woodland, meadow or fell views, and you can choose which of these you’d like on booking. There is a shop and a laundry on site.

Low Wray campsite is close to Wray Castle (also National Trust) which is always interesting to visit, or if you’d rather have fun on the lake, the site’s Active Base provides kayak, canoe and stand-up paddleboards for hire if you don’t have your own. Bike hire is also available, with hybrid, mountain and e-bikes available. You can put the mountain bikes to the test at nearby Grizedale Forest, which is great fun for families.

Wray Castle
  • Who can stay: tents, campervans, motorhomes. The site also has accessible pods, safari tents and tree tents
  • Number of pitches: 153
  • Toilets: yes
  • Shower facilities: yes
  • Dog friendly: yes
  • Playpark: yes

Ravenglass Camping and Caravan club

Located on the west coast of the Lake District, Ravenglass campsite is a lovely green site run by the Camping and Caravan Club. It sits within walking distance of Ravenglass, where you can find the famous Ravenglass to Eskdale railway (la’al Ratty) which is a family favourite. Or you could catch a train up to the lovely beaches at St Bees or the harbour at Whitehaven. If adventure is what you’re after, Scafell Pike, England’s highest peak, is a short drive away.

Ravenglass campsite itself is set in 6 acres of beautiful countryside. It is a lovely sheltered site with great access to the weatern fells and lakes.

  • Who can stay:
  • Number of pitches:
  • Toilets: yes
  • Shower Facilities: yes
  • Dog friendly: yes

Keswick Camping and Caravan Club

A very popular campsite, Keswick Camping and Caravan Club site combines direct lake access with walking distance to Keswick town centre. On the shores of Derwentwater, the campsite is a flat, straightforward site with a shop, a playpark and amazing views of the Lake District Fells.

For a small fee you can launch your kayak or stand-up paddleboard directly from the shore of the campsite, giving you access to beautiful Derwentwater for lots of water-based fun.

Kayak and SUP fun on Derwentwater

This campsite is ideal for families, with lots to do all in easy reach.

  • Who can stay: tents, caravans, motorhomes, campervans, trailer tents
  • Toilets: Yes
  • Shower facilities: yes, and a parent and baby room
  • Dog friendly: yes
  • Playpark: yes

If the weather is living up to it’s Lake District reputation while you’re in Keswick, you might like to read Things to do in Keswick in the Rain

Eskdale Campsite

Perfect for the western lakes and fells, Eskdale campsite is run by the National Trust. Comprising of three flat fields surrounded by 8 acres of meadowed countryside, Eskdale campsite lies at the bottom of the steepest road in England – Hardknott Pass.

The campsite is an easy, pretty campsite with a sense of space and all the amenities you’ll need. You can set up near the play area and the beck, or in a different field if you want to be away from the action. One of the fields is car free too, if you like that set-up.

Eskdale is at one end of the Eskdale-Ravenglass railway (la’al Ratty) so a lovely activity is to head out to the coast on this. Closer to the campsite you’ll find a river, with stepping stones and rockpools for play. A little walk takes you to Stanley Ghyll Force, a 60 ft high waterfall.

  • Who can stay: tents, campervans, motorhomes. You can also book pods.
  • Number of pitches: 110
  • Toilets: yes
  • Shower facilities: yes
  • Dog friendly: yes
  • Playpark: yes

The Old Post Office, Santon Bridge

This family run campsite sits on the western edge of the Lake District National Park. It’s located on the banks of the River Irt (fishing is permitted, bring your own equipment) in the quiet village of Santon Bridge.

The campsite is small, with a mixture of hardstanding and grass pitches. Seascale is the nearest beach at 6 miles away, where you’ll discover Cumbria’s undiscovered west coast. The Old Post Office campsite is also perfectly located for some of the best of the western fells, including Great Gable, Scafell Pike and Red Pike.

  • Who can stay: tents, caravans, campervans, motorhomes
  • Toilets: yes
  • Shower facilities: 50p for 10 minutes
  • Dog friendly: yes
  • Playpark: no

Black Beck Farm, Bouth, Ulverston

Ulverston is an excellent but often overlooked location in the south of the Lake District. Here you have easy access to Coniston, Windermere and Kendal along with the beautiful Lake District coastline.

Black Beck Farm is a small site with a variety of different camping accommodation. You can bring your tent, campervan or caravan, or for families the glamping lodge pods are ideal. The White Hart in is a 5 minute walk away, serving food in case you don’t fancy cooking.

Additionally, Black Beck Farm is a designated launch site for Pendle and Cumbria Balloons, so you might just get lucky and see a hot air balloon launch up close!

  • Who can stay: tents, campervans, caravans. You can also book glamping lodge pods
  • Toilets: yes
  • Shower facilities: yes
  • Dog friendly: yes
  • Playpark: no

Hollows Farm, Borrowdale

Hollows Farm has a huge selection of holiday accommodation, with two camping fields being only part of it. Located in one of the most beautiful areas of the Lake District, Hollows Farm camping sits between Grange in Borrowdale and Castle Crag, on the banks of the River Derwent.

The campsite itself is made up of two camping fields – families are suited to the main Woodland Field. Here children can explore the woods and play on the shores of the river which should definitely keep them busy! This field has a toilet, and it is just a short walk to the farm for hot showers.

The location of the campsite gives access to walks, the most famous of these is probably Catbells, which is definitely achievable with older children and teenagers. As well as this, the area of Borrowdale and nearby Keswick gives opportunities for mountain biking, climbing, sailing, paddle boarding, kayaking…the list goes on. This is definitely a campsite to stay at if you want to make the most of the great outdoors.

  • Who can stay: tents, camper vans in the Open Field (next to the Woodland Field)
  • Toilets: yes
  • Shower facilities: yes
  • Dog friendly: yes
  • Play park: no, but who needs one with woods and the River Derwent right there!
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I'm Michelle, Lake District resident and founder of this site. You can mostly find me up a hill, on a lake, or enjoying a hot chocolate by the fire. Feel free to get in touch, I'd love to hear from you!

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