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!!
- 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
- Also Known As:
- National Trust Campsite- Wasdale Campsite Hotel Eskdale
- Wasdale National Trust Campsite Eskdale, Lake District