This site, which is large but quite isolated, has some stunning views. The toilets and showers were clean. There is a children's playground with trampolines, a communal lounge with a freezer for ice packs, and areas for dishwashing.
There is a small shop at the site that sells some basic provisions and fresh milk but otherwise the nearest places to buy provisions are the garage on the A66 by the Rheged Centre, the shop at Glenridding or somewhere in Keswick.
I really can't fault this site - it was everything we hoped it would be - but it would have been nice if just one of the camping fields (even the small one along the edge) could have been dog-free. It is becoming increasingly difficult to find sites that don't take dogs (not everyone likes them) and, while most people were responsible in terms of controlling their dogs, I didn't particularly appreciate having my burners nearly knocked over by someone's wayward not-on-a-lead mutt while I was cooking dinner. Not the site's fault, I know, but to have been in a dog-free area would have been so much more relaxing.
Places that we visited included the Aira Force waterfall area, which includes some good walks, Ullswater (where we went on a lake 'steamer' - the coffee and flapjack sold on board are highly recommended), and Hill Top, the former home of Beatrix Potter.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set against the spectacular backdrop of the mighty Blencathra and the northern fells, Gill Head Farm offers a warm welcome to our family run working hill farm with a caravan and camping site and traditional lakeland farmhouse self catering accommodation. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Gill Head Farm Self Catering Holidays Penrith, UK - Lake District