Camping in the Lake District

If you’re planning on camping in the English Lake District, an area of outstanding natural beauty in the north of the UK – you have two options; to stay in a campsite or wild camping-pitching your tent anywhere that looks good. At some campsites, you can actually rent tents, yurts or even caravans.

There has never been a better time to go Lake District camping or caravanning on your holiday, with over 1,800 miles of footpaths for you and your family to enjoy and explore. The local campsites all offer a variety of activities nearby including fell walking, mountain biking and rock climbing.

If you’re considering wild camping, you should know where it’s allowed and where it’s not. Camping away from an organised campsite is called wild camping. You normally must have the permission of a landowner to camp on their land, and it is a legal requirement, but most farmers will look the other way if your tent is out of the way of crops or livestock.

There are many campsites in the Lake District, in the county of Cumbria – some with facilities such as cafes and shops, others with basic amenities like toilets and showers, some have lots of pitches, others a smaller amount. Most will be dog friendly if you want to being along mans best friend! They are all in spectacular locations at the foot of mountains or sitting at the edge of lakes. What could be better after a day exploring the countryside, lakes, tarns and fells than to sit outside your tent relaxing in the shadow of a mountain?

There are many town and villages in Cumbria to explore, but a town that is a must see is the picturesque town of Keswick in the Northern Lakes, right on Derwentwater Lake. With a road that stretches down the Borrowdale Valley, this an area home to many campsite and camping areas.

The Western Lakes reaches across rural farmland to the west coast, beginning the with Skiddaw and Scafell Pike mountains and Wastwater Lake. You can also explore Buttermere, a lovely little lake in a peaceful location and a great area for camping.

The most popular area in Central Lake District is Bowness on Windermere, on Lake Windermere, take a trip out on the lake in a steamboat, or have a walk (or swim) along the Lake. There are many campsites in the area.