If you are looking for the closest experience to a WW2 prison camp I would advise you go to Fisherground Campsite. The campsite is located in a lovely area of the Lake District, with plenty of things to do to cater for all ages. Unfortunately you will be emotionally drained from the Fisherground experience and close to breakdown after the way you have been treated by the site Commandants. The site is run with ruthless efficiency, there are rules about everything; strongly worded signs everywhere which are laughable (e.g HAIR DRYER TO BE USED FOR DRYING HAIR ONLY), quad bike patrols day and night, and evening torchlight patrols on foot. If you enjoy the freedom of camping, sitting by a fire under the stars, toasting marshmallows and chatting to friends like I do, PLEASE DO NOT GO TO FISHERGROUND. If you try to speak to the Commandants you will be closed down before you finish speaking, made to feel like you have committed a terrible deed, and treated like an imbecile. You cannot leave the campsite by car after 9.00pm unless there is an emergency. One of the worst parts of the site is the toilet block; they are dirty, smelly and there is not nearly enough facilities for the size of the camp. The showers are also terrible, a charge of 50p for 3 minutes of water and again the authentic experience of a prison camp comes to mind. Even if you manage to escape the oppression, the George IV public house at the end of the road is appalling; when asked why the bar staff hadn’t cleaned any glasses up we were advised the electricity was not being used until it got cheaper! To top it off, the site is not even cheap, we were charged about £27 for two nights. Luckily our group had a sense of humour and saw the funny side of this ridiculous place, but I would imagine many people are terrorised by the owners of the site.
- Also Known As:
- Fisherground Campsite Hotel Eskdale
- Fisherground Campsite Eskdale, Lake District, Cumbria