You are off to a wedding on the shores of Ullswater and have to stay overnight. Do you invest in a hotel? No, you camp, of course, say Mark and Janette Songhurst. And they have the perfect Lake District campsite...
You are off to a wedding on the shores of Ullswater and have to stay overnight. Do you invest in a hotel? No, you camp, of course, say Mark and Janette Songhurst. And they have the perfect Lake District campsite.
Troutbeck is a Camping and Caravanning Club Franchise site and, as such, is a little friendlier, cleaner and better serviced than average. Why? Because the owners actually run the site – and Frazer and Suzanne Smith are really nice people!
Situated ten miles from Penrith and a few minutes from the A66 towards Keswick it also has to be one of the Club’s most picturesque sites, enjoying mountain views of Blencathra. There is even a mountain stream at the bottom of the camping field.
We feel that part of the charm of this site is walking through a campsite that is surrounded by the mountains on either side of the valley, and breathing in the beauty of nature while you do so. A good job, too, for it is quite a trek to the toilet block and washing-up facilities due to the restrictions of National Park planning regulations. But, once there you are greeted with possibly the best showers in the Lake District!
It is best if owners of larger tents contact the site first as the pitches could be a tad small for your needs. And, given the site’s location, a good selection of tent pegs is advisable to meet a mix of muddy and rocky ground and windy conditions.
The site shop has a good selection of basics, including locally-produced, eggs, meat and real ale! A license is another benefit of a franchise site.
Being surrounded by such natural beauty should encourage you to kick back and relax. But the more adventurous will find a wealth of outdoor activities including climbing, fell walking, water sports and the usual Go Ape tree-top adventures. Carlisle, Keswick and Penrith take care of the retail therapy and the myriad of outdoor shops ensure the Lakes is one of the best places in the UK to pick up a bargain. There is also a wealth of things to do on a rainy day and a little web research will find plenty for your family to do during your stay. Why not try:
• Whinlatter’s Go Ape is now rivalled by the Via Ferrata experience at Honister slate mine.
• Check out The Puzzling Place in the centre of Keswick
• You have to see the World’s largest pencil at Keswick’s Pencil Museum
• Drop by the English Heritage, Carlisle and Penrith castles
• Try your hand at pottery and crafts at Craft Monkey (http://www.craftymonkeys.org/)
Most of the surrounding small villages have very acceptable pubs serving food but it is only the popular White Horse Inn in Scales that can be walked to from the. The food is good and we advise booking a table.
Troutbeck Camping and Caravanning Club Site
Hutton Moor End
Tel 01768 779149
• Members and non-members welcome
• Pets welcome
• Toilets and Showers
• Washing-up Facilities
• Electric Hook-ups
• Small licensed shop on site selling eggs and local real ales
• Small children play area
Penrith has somewhat of a reputation for its superb local produce and holds a farmers market once a month. There is even a food trail to guide you around the town’s culinary delights that include local ice cream and a micro brewery. Try Cranstons Cumbrian Food Hall (www.cranstons.net)
DID YOU KNOW?
Nearby High Street is a high-level Roman road and there is a Roman fort a short journey back up the A66 toward Penrith.
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The great views from the lower field makes you feel part of the landscape / There is a children’s play area
A friendly welcome awaits at Troutbeck Club site
It is quite a walk through the site to the tent pitches