After 15 years of towing a caravan, we decided to buy an expensive Oztent to give camping a go to travel fast and light. We struggled to find any space at our usual haunts so finally plumped for Park Foot as I knew the area well. Rang up rather than booking online, and was given a choice of fields to pitch so I booked the recommendation of the booking taker. Went online and researched the site, and rang back to say could we change to the field across the road, Aikbeck?. It was too late, all pitches had now gone! so we stuck with original area. We arrived to a very professional check in, but found the field "sandall" quite busy on arrival and not very well sign posted. Not very flat if you didn't book an electric pitch, but found a space and got set up, enjoying the 27 degrees of sunshine.
First thoughts were that we had made the right choice, the field over the road, Aikbeck, although flat and closer to the lake by 50 meters consisted of large groups and multi family members / campers and a bit too compact for us.
Our toilet blocks are probably the best we have seen, really nice and new. Only criticism is the 20p shower set up. Why the hell would you put the coin slot outside the door? You need to strip off in the shower cubicle, reopen the door to the general public with a queue of 10 onlookers, insert your 20p and close the door as the shower starts. What a total inconvenience and lack of privacy. Most people stayed in the shower longer than required as the shower runs for 6 minutes and you cant get dry til it stops. I initially thought 6 mins is long but believe me its 2 minutes too long for a decent shower!
Facilities and shop, were all spot on and top notch. Daughter went horse riding and loved it, which was on site.
Breakfast in the restaurant was poor. We decided to have a full English before setting off home after packing up. Whilst fairly well priced for the captive audience the quality was poor and we waited 30 minutes. I asked for fresh eggs as the young lady tried to pass off fried eggs that had been sat for hours, and were harder than a saucer. She pulled her face as if to say what's wrong with the offering but did replace the eggs 10 minutes later, when we had finished our breakfasts! Quality of the breakfast ingredients was low budget. I would happily pay an extra few quid for good sausages, bacon and freshly cooked eggs. if you want to see how its done try the Holgate sites, not cheap but the food is fantastic. We will go to Pooley bridge in the future for food as there are loads of great cafes / pubs there, all well priced and set in nice surroundings.
Overall I will say we will be happy to return, as the area is fantastic and the views lovely.
For the price paid its a great site, well run, and a great location. If you want peaceful and space book somewhere else though in my opinion as the fields are free for all and when its busy, you cringe a little when another car pulls onto the field and tries to cram in next to you. It is a huge site with literally hundreds of campers in each field, some of which decided to drink and shout through til the early hours. Didn't upset us much as we go with the flow!
- Also Known As:
- Park Foot Holiday Park Pooley Bridge, England
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Park Foot Holiday Park is located in Central Lake District and has easy access to all the major tourist attractions within the area. The Park offers pitches for Camping, Motor homes and Touring caravans. Also available are Self Catering cottages and log cabins. We look forward to helping you to discover the beauty of the Lake District and enjoy a family holiday on a Park with fantastic facilities. ... more less