We were looking forward to a few days in the lakes and we weren't disappointed, even after a longer than expected drive to avoid Hardknott Pass. We arrived and were directed to our pitch and advised which way to pitch our tents around the fire pit then left to it. We had to replace our tent on the second night and that was no problem to the site, they just apologised that our tent wasn't upto the rain!
There is no wifi or phone signal, which is fantastic! We brought two teenagers who had no choice but to sit and talk to us, play games around the fire or play with their younger siblings-and had a great time in spite of themselves! The fire pits are a great idea, using an old wheel rim to contain the fire and keep everyone safe and are arranged so every pitch can access one. There is a man who comes with wood every night for £5 or so and the kids love buying their bag for their own fire.
There have been complaints about the facilities, but I can't understand why. The showers and toilet blocks are cleaned about 6 times a day-upto midnight. There is a 50p charge for showers, which is well advertised on the website, so we arrived with a bagful, but the wardens carry change. The showers last more than long enough to shower me and a child and were warm. The queues can build at busy times but they soon go down, or go have a cup of tea and come back in ten minutes,
The washing up facilities are more than adequate too and the washing machine, driers, freezer and boot cupboard are a nice extra touch.
The best thing about the site is the pond and rafts and adventure playground. It would be easy to lose the kids for the whole day while they are busy making new friends. It is really lovely to see so many kids being kids instead of being directed or staring at screens-their own magical Swallows and Amazons adventure.
There were one or two families complaining that they weren't allowed their lights and music and there wasn't a shop or clubhouse, but that was the charm of the place. We can't wait to go back.
- Also Known As:
- Fisherground Campsite Hotel Eskdale
- Fisherground Campsite Eskdale, Lake District, Cumbria