Eskdale campsite is situated in the beautiful Lake District in the UK. I spent 2 nights at the campsite in one of their 10 camping pods. Close to England’s highest mountain Scafell Pike, it was a great location for me. Mainly because I wanted to take on the challenge of climbing to the top!
Eskdale Campsite, Boot, Holmrook, Cumbria, CA19 1TH
Eskdale campsite is located in Boot in the west of Lake District National Park. There are beautiful views (on a good day) of the hills around including the Scafell mountain range. To drive to Wasdale Head (a great starting point to climb Scafell Pike) it’s around 40-minute drive.
- Showers with a hairdryer!
- Fully stocked shop
- Breakfast available (help yourself…. and pay, of course, ha ha)
- Washing-up area
- Laundry facilities
- Large drying room
- Information area with pay phone
- Children’s play area
- Camping Pods
- Camping Barn
- Camping from £10 per person (Discounts for backpackers and children)*
- Pods from £45.50*
- Camping barn from £148.00*
*Prices increase during High Season. All rates correct at time of writing. For latest rates click here: Campsite rates
About Eskdale Campsite
Owned by Martyn & Sara, Eskdale campsite is in a beautiful spot in the Lake District. And the perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of busy life. One factor you can take as a positive or a negative is that there’s pretty much no phone signal. So it means you can really have an almost technology free break.
In case you do need your Facebook fix, the campsite has free Wi-Fi in the reception. For the camping pods, there is also free Wi-fi. It’s not perfect, but it does mean you can upload photos and messages of your adventure.
In emergencies, there is also a payphone available.
I arrived, without the help of my sat nav again. Why does it always try to drive past where I am going I have no idea! Anyway, Eskdale Campsite has a big sign so luckily I spotted that and turned up the little driveway to the main building.
Reception is part of the small shop, which has everything you could ever need (or have forgotten!) I’m given my camping pod key, a little gas heater and shown around the facilities. The lady then shows me an even closer place to park around the back of the building. Very handy for me as I seem to have a ridiculous amount of camping gear.
The pods are split into 2 groups, one with 4 and one with 6. All facing inwards towards a picnic bench area. It feels like this would be a really nice social area during summer months when it’s busier. I had one neighbour so good to chat to someone whilst cooking my dinner!
Inside the pod it’s basic, there are a few hooks and a roller blind to go over the double doors. One thing I loved about the pod is that you have loads of space to spread out inside. I know it was only me, but seriously I had so much stuff. The undercover porch area is very handy too. I could keep all my cooking equipment outside.
These pods were the first ones in England and are now 9 years old. They have a rustic feel to them and by that, I don’t mean old ha ha. There’s green moss growing on the roof. And there are logs around the outside which are also covered in moss. I do love my moss!!
And with gravel paths around leading to each pod it’s easy to find your way at night too.
- Bring a camping box with a lid then you can leave it outside all the time. Even with the porch, I am sure that British sideways rain could easily sneak under!
- Remember to bring a comfy mattress and sleeping bag. It’s a camping pod, not a Tardis, there’s no luxury bed, bathroom or sofa inside.
- I’d also recommend a good light/torch. The pod is great for sleeping because it’s so dark. But trying to find anything after dark is pretty hard.
Facilities at Eskdale Campsite
I might have got over excited about one thing at Eskdale campsite. And that’s the drying room. Every walker or cyclist knows that when cmaping the worst thing is getting soaked and having no-where to dry your clothes and boots. The drying room is huge and it’s hot, pretty much all you want from a drying room.
They have laundry facilities, with a washing machine I couldn’t figure out. Martyn had offered to help me but I was like how hard can it be! So after 2 weeks on the road, I washed all my smelly clothes and hung them to dry in the drying room.
It wasn’t until afterwards I noticed the sign saying don’t use for laundry but since it was 8.30pm at night and there was plenty of room I hoped it wouldn’t be a problem. Outside there are 2 clothes lines that you can use (normally!)
The campsite also has a lovely little shop with a small selection of fresh and dried food. Plus every camping item that you might need. Including gas for cooking, camping mattresses, dog food and games to keep the kids entertained.
They even have a small selection of gifts which is great if you need to buy a present for someone.
Showers are located within the main building. There are 3 in the female washrooms. I guess the same for the men, you’ll be pleased to know I didn’t check! And the all-important hairdryer, very handy for me as my hair is really long.
I wouldn’t have bothered washing it if there wasn’t one as I don’t like to be cold! Yep, that’s me, warmth before style I’m afraid!
Eskdale campsite is a friendly and well-run campsite. I love the little touches like the breakfast station in the shop. At first, I was thinking doesn’t everyone bring their own food. But the guys in the pod next to me had come away on a spur of the moment trip and pretty much had nothing with them. So I saw them enjoying toast and a cup of tea in the morning.
All items are £1 and you help yourself, a great idea.
Since you’re in the middle of the Lake District there are some lovely walks direct from the campsite. On my second day, I walked 7 miles to nearby Ravenglass. And then treated myself to a ride on the steam train back to Dalegarth. Less than 5 minutes walk from the campsite.
Or of course, you could travel there and back on the train. I will tell you all about it so keep following for more posts!
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*I was a guest at Eskdale Campsite. However, all views and opinions are my own.