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Provisional figures from Cumbria Tourism’s research team show that camping and caravanning pitch occupancy is up by almost twenty percent; and, with nearly ten thousand camping and touring pitches available across the county, there has never been a better time to get back to basics for a ‘room with a view’ like no other.

Whether you’re watching the sun set over a mountain top or star-gazing by the shore, Cumbria offers a host of fantastic campsites in some of the finest natural locations. Here are eight of the best Cumbrian camping spots for an unforgettable summer break:

For a lake view: Castlerigg Hall Caravan and Camping Park, Keswick:

Catering for families and couples, Castlerigg Hall occupies one of the finest positions in the Lake District overlooking Derwentwater and Bassenthwaite Lake with breath-taking views of the surrounding fells. The site’s western location above Keswick provides the opportunity to relax and enjoy dramatic sunsets from your pitch. Home to an array of farm animals, Castlerigg Hall is a great base from which to explore the woodland around Keswick and even perhaps spot some wildlife.

Starting from £16 per touring pitch, per night.

For a unique ‘hobbitat’: The Quiet Site Holiday Park, Ullswater:

This secluded campsite, set amongst the stunning fells that overlook Lake Ullswater, has a fantastic array of camping and glamping options. From pods to bell tents, holiday cottages to camping pitches, The Quiet Site has something for everyone; but, the icing on the cake comes in the form of their unique underground Hobbit Holes. Four times larger than a standard Camping Pod, they are fantastic for larger families or those wanting a little more space.

Starting from £15 per touring pitch, per night.

For unspoilt countryside camping: Park Cliffe Camping and Caravan Estate, Windermere:

This family run park is set in 25 acres of spectacular open and unspoilt countryside with views of lake Windermere and the fells beyond. Only three miles from the lakeshore town of Bowness-on-Windermere, the site is easily accessible, yet offers a peaceful, tranquil retreat from the hustle and bustle of everyday life… and, there’s even the option to rent your very own private bathroom for that extra little touch of comfort whilst getting back to nature.

Starting from £27 per touring pitch, per night.

For the seafront: Holgates Holiday Park, Silverdale:

Situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty amid over 100 acres of woodland and countryside, this holiday park overlooks the sweeping vista of Morecambe Bay and Lakeland Hills. With bases for touring caravans or tents, holiday homes for rent, or quirky camping pods to choose from, this is the ideal base for exploring Cumbria’s peaceful coastline. You can also take advantage of the park’s leisure facilities, including a swimming pool complex complete with relaxing sauna and steam room, bowling alley, and pitch and putt.

Starting from £37 per touring pitch, per night.

For a hideaway retreat: Skelwith Fold Caravan Park, Ambleside:

Tucked away in the woodland with its labyrinth of paths and resident wildlife, Skelwith Fold offers the perfect escape for touring caravans, motorhomes, holiday homes, and woodland hideaway glamping pods. There are plenty of trails to follow, leading to a wealth of discoveries, including a mystical tarn, sculptures, and breathtaking views of the Langdale Pikes and surrounding fells. The various accommodation areas have been carefully and sympathetically set out in small woodland glades, creating a sense of quiet and intimacy for the ideal hideaway retreat.

Starting from £22.90 per touring pitch, per night.

For round the lake access: Waterfoot Park, Ullswater:

Nestled in the grounds of a Georgian mansion overlooking Ullswater, Waterfoot Park is situated on the Ullswater Way footpath, a 20-mile continuous walking route around the lake. The route can be walked in either direction and can be completed in smaller sections by combing with a bus or boat journey back to Waterfoot Park. For those with a love of the great outdoors, the park provides excellent facilities for touring, glamping, and self-catering holidays.

Starting from £21.50 per touring pitch, per night.

For a spot in the middle of two World Heritage sites: Wallace Lane Farm Campsite, Wigton:

Situated just north of the National Park, Wallace Lane Farm is in the ideal location to visit not one, but two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Hadrian’s Wall and, the newly awarded, Lake District National Park. Set high in the Cumbrian fells, this peaceful campsite offers fantastic views over the Solway Plain and the Scottish mountains and even has a luxury treehouse cabin complete with hot tub for the perfect glamping getaway.

Starting from £9 per touring pitch, per night.

For the complete holiday package: Stanwix Park, Silloth:

This five-star holiday centre, has everything you need for a fabulous holiday or short break on the Solway Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. When you’re not busy uncovering the wealth of wildlife in the dunes, peatland and salt marshes, Stanwix Park has a plethora of leisure facilities and a packed events calendar to keep the whole family entertained. So, whether you’re looking to take a dip in the pool, play tennis, crazy golf, or snooker, or hire a bike to explore the beautiful unspoiled coastline, you’ll find everything you need at your fingertips.

Starting from £22 per touring pitch, per night.

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