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Wasdale National Trust Campsite
Certificate of Excellence
Leeds, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Gorgeous location but overpriced!”
Reviewed June 10, 2013

First of all, if you're looking for a campsite in the Lakes and know that you definitely want to prebook then the National Trust sites are fantastic. Overall they're clean, the staff are friendly, the shops well stocked and the sites themselves in stunning locations. However, if you're the sort of people that are happy to drive up to the Lakes with nothing booked and find somewhere to pitch you're likely to get a much better deal (around £14 a night).

As we were travelling with friends and knew we would get into the area late we thought it best to prebook. Having stayed at the Langdale site before and been impressed with it, we decided to give the Wasdale site a try as we were attempting a climb up Scafell Pike (the path goes directly into the campsite itself). As with Langdale on late arrival the shop was closed but the staff had helpfully left our barrier card and pitch info. in an envelope to collect. The field we pitched in was stunning, one of the most beautiful places you could want to stay in. We pitched down by the river and despite the midges were very happy where we were.

The problem I have with this site, and why I've given it a 3* rating is the showers. National Trust campsites do not come cheap, you then have to pay (20p - but still it's the principle!) to use the showers and hairdryers. I should also point out that 20p in the shower only gets you about 5 minutes, something I was unaware of, resulting in a mid-shampoo shock and much cursing. There is also absolutely nowhere in the shower cubicle to put your stuff so you either leave it outside and become very 'friendly' with your shower neighbours or you bring it in and it gets wet.

Having stayed at Langdale, where I should point out they DO NOT charge you extra to use the showers we were a bit bemused that another National Trust site, practically only in the next valley does. Didn't really make much sense to us...

We never had a problem with the group size - there were 7 of us but we booked individually which I suppose is how we got around it. I understand the negative connotations with a group but you shouldn't tarnish everyone with that brush. We had to ask a family (who we noticed had 2 very young children the next day) to be quiet at about 1am on our first night so you could say lack of respect for your neighbours and the quiet rules comes in all shapes and sizes!

To finish off though, I would recommend this site because it really is in a gorgeous location just be warned - bring lots of 20p's and a plastic bag!!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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Hereford, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 241 helpful votes
Reviewed May 13, 2013

Great campsite by UK standards - was very busy over bank holiday weekend, but all the same we had no issues with waiting for sinks, showers etc. The 6-meters between tents rule didn't completely apply over the busy period, but it was nice to see that they had actually closed the site to all but campers who had pre-booked so the place didn't feel overcrowded at all. Would certainly return again as the weather was so poor we didn't get to hike Great Gable like we'd hoped!

Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Durham
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Reviewed May 7, 2013

We stayed here for two nights over May bank holiday and I have to say this place does exactly what it says on the tin. This is not the sort of campsite you go to for heavy beer drinking sessions and late night BBQs. They have a 6 metre between tents rule which means not only do you get your own space but fire risks are minimised too. There is also a very strict rule of four being the maximum group size. This resulted in zero annoying neighbours and decent nights sleep, you basically get a peaceful stay surrounded by other outdoorsy type people, as there is very little to do other than outdoor activities. This suited us down to the ground.

The toilets are spacious and clean and although you need 20p to operate the showers, they are fantastic with good pressure and piping hot water. Disposable BBQs are not allowed due to damage to the grass, but you can use a portable BBQ as long as it is raised from the ground and most people seemed to, the site smelled great around 8 o'clock.

The guy on reception was very friendly and the shop is well stocked with last minute odds and ends to make sure you have everything you need (including Bury black pudding, which the other half was very happy about). The location is excellent with great access to the fells and direct access up to Scafell Pike. There is a great pub a ten minute walk away with a cross country bridle way straight back to the campsite; although you will need your hiking boots as this did involve crossing several streams. All in all reasonabley priced considering what you pay goes to the national trust who do excellent conservation work in the area.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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London
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57 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed April 12, 2013

Arrived on a bitterly cold day in October 2012. Nobody to pay etc so left a note... Pitched tent and climbed Scafell Pike - snow and ice on the tops. Spoke with site manager and paid for pitch - pretty expensive considering just camping. Enjoyed a beer and meal in a local pub and settled in for the night. After a night well below zero the warm showers were a plus, however one does need to pay. Location is excellent.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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london
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Reviewed February 25, 2013 via mobile

Good facilities which we found to be clean at all times. Helpful but not intrusive staff. A wonderful location. We went at a quiet time of year but there is plenty of space for camping even in busier times I would reckon. The pub is a reasonably convenient walk away.

Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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sandbach
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed September 11, 2012

Stayed in a POD on this remote Campsite in September 2012. We are not campers, but found the site immaculate, the staff friendly and helpful and the whole area a delight to visit. The POD was clean, warm and cosy, and peaceful apart from the gentle patter of rain. Tucked away in the trees, the PODs have an overhang just right to sit under when it is raining.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Chester, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
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Reviewed September 10, 2012 via mobile

Stayed in may as husband a trail run nearby. The campsite is beautiful on the waters edge. Only negative was the pitch we had been given was up on a cliff overlooking the site. Views were fab but I was knackered karting the outwell tent up the cliff face!! Kept me fit though.great place for small tents but biggies stay near ground level. The new children's play area was clean and the kids loved it.

  • Stayed May 2012
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NTJo, Marketing Manager at Wasdale National Trust Campsite, responded to this review, September 27, 2012
We're very glad to hear HayleyR had an enjoyable stay with us but having checked with her, the above review relates to our campsite at Low Wray.
Wasdale campsite is very close to Wastwater but we do not actually have any lakeshore pitches there as we do at Low Wray.
Car parking at all our sites is provided in specific areas away from the pitches to maintain the natural look and feel of the sites. Some pitches however are close to parking - please just ask when booking and we'll do our best to accommodate. We look forward to you coming back.
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Additional Information about Wasdale National Trust Campsite

Property: Wasdale National Trust Campsite
Address: Wasdale Head | Seascale CA20 1EX‎, Eskdale, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Eskdale
Amenities:
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 4 Specialty Lodging in Eskdale
Number of rooms: 100
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Beautiful campsite set in the spectacular Wasdale valley - home to England's deepest lake, highest mountain and smallest church. An ideal base for walkers, climbers, and others who enjoy the great outdoors. Tents and campervans welcome or stay in one of our camping pods or Nordic tentipis. ... more   less 
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