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Wasdale National Trust Campsite
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Reviewed 5 August 2014

We booked this campsite at the last minute without realising quite how remote it was! And google maps took us over the Hardknott Pass, which was a scary experience at dusk, and totally unexpected! Booking online was easy and arriving out of hours wasn't a problem - our tent tag and gate card were left at reception. There are no set pitches at this campsite but finding a quiet space was fairly easy - the rule is to keep 6m away from other tents. The grass was in good condition and our tent stayed mud-free despite heavy rain. The toilet block and showers were fine and kept in a clean condition despite the rain. We thought the small shop on site was excellent - all sorts of nice snacks, meat in the fridge as well as a good stock of basic camping gear. There isn't much to do here other than walking, though - my teenage son had hoped to hire a canoe for the afternoon but other than the Wasdale Inn down the road, this spot is totally secluded.

Stayed: August 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 2 August 2014

I spent a few days here and had a great time walking up the Scafells, Pillar circuit, etc. Although it was late July, the site was not too crowded - possibly due to its more remote location. The site has great views, and clean facilities with free hot showers. The small shop is well-stocked with food items, stuff you might have forgotten at home, and cold drinks and ice-creams. All in all, I found it very pleasant and well-organised. Will be back!

Stayed: July 2014, travelled solo
3  Thank Ruthless B
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Reviewed 25 July 2014 via mobile

Stayed here in a group with 3 tents and a camper van for a long weekend and gad a glorious time. Mainly spent time remembering the good old days before kids when this would have been an ideal place to head off into the hills. As it was it was a great safe place for the kids to roam around in with gentler walks on the lower slopes for the more reluctant children. Do your shopping before you arrive as it's quite a way from anywhere if you've forgotten anything important!

Stayed: April 2014
2  Thank neddyb1
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Reviewed 27 June 2014

I love this campsite but unfortunately felt that is has been poorly managed by the NT. I do not understand the need for all the trees in the far field? Is it campsite for humans or for midges? The trees do nothing than provide a haven for midges AND worse block the wonderful views of the mountains. Please cut down the trees and reinstate the site to how it was 25 years ago! Maybe the NT prefers the glampers in the pods where they can shut the door to the midges?

Stayed: June 2014, travelled solo
5  Thank Chris B
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

When I go camping I hope for certain things, clean showers and toilets, tidy location, great views. This site had all three. Great location if you love walking and staying in a rural location. On the web site it stated that the showers cost 20p, however they are free.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with family
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1  Thank Conrad B
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Reviewed 20 April 2014

Not long back from our second pod experience. Have previously stayed at a pod on the Langdale NT campsite and really enjoyed it, decided to try the Wasdale site. We were not disappointed. Beautiful location and lucky enough to have one of the four pods in the top field with amazing views of the mountains. Even though the pods were quite close together, positioned
so felt private when sitting out on decking in front of pod. Pod with heat and light provides just enough "luxury" that makes a stay in lakes in unpredictable weather very comfortable. Shop on site is well stocked (although bread availability not consistent) would agree with other reviewers that evening opening a little short when days are getting longer and arriving back at site in need of a cup of tea with fresh milk! But staff very welcoming and helpful
Shower and toilet facilities are clean and plentiful, no need for a 20p in shower anymore however, push button a little irritating as only gives 30 seconds of shower before having to push again! Also quite chilly.
Amazing choice of walks in a fabulous location away from the crowds, felt like we had the mountains to ourselves most of the time!
Highlight of stay watching full moon rise over Scafell Pike from pod!

Room Tip: pods on top field
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  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Helen W
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Reviewed 17 March 2014

We recently stayed in a Pod on the NT Wasdale Campsite. Being photographers we were very excited about staying in the mountains practically at the foot of Skafell Pike. Unfortunately when we were shown our pod it overlooked the facilities block, what a disappointment. If the pod entrance had been located at the back it would have had an amazing view. This is a large site, but sadly 4 pods are quite closely located which is a shame.

The site itself is nice and quiet with great walks all around the area.

Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
2  Thank lovegrooves
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Additional Information about Wasdale National Trust Campsite

Address: Wasdale Head | Seascale CA20 1EX‎, Eskdale, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Eskdale
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 4 Speciality Lodging in Eskdale
Number of rooms: 100
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Beautiful campsite set in the spectacular Wasdale valley - home to England's deepest lake, highest mountain and smallest church. An ideal base for walkers, climbers, and others who enjoy the great outdoors. Tents and campervans welcome or stay in one of our camping pods or Nordic tentipis. ... more   less 
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National Trust Campsite- Wasdale Campsite Hotel Eskdale
Wasdale National Trust Campsite Eskdale, Lake District, Cumbria

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