Lake District glamping, lodges, pods and wild camping tips
Okay, Lake District Glamping has grown massively over the last few years. You will find plenty of family-friendly glamping sites in the Lake District. Making it perfect for any to visit.
The Lake District National Park is one of the most stunning places to visit in the UK and not surprising it has over 15 million visitors every year. After a long day concurring some of the most famous hikes in the UK you can book into one of the many glamping locations in the Lakes National Park to relax and unwind.
But what is glamping camping? To put it simply, glamping is a luxurious form of camping. We tend to leave most necessities at home when embarking on a camping trip. However, it’s not unusually to take laptop and hair straighteners when glamping
Let’s look what’s included in this post for you;
- Lake District National Park
- Where is the Lake District
- Planning your visit
- The best Lake District glamping pods locations
- Final thoughts
Lake District National Park Glamping
Let’s look into a little bit of what to expect in the Lake District National Park before you book your Lake District glamping experience.
Whilst the precise size of the Lake District is not defined formally, it is estimated at around 885 square miles (2,292 km2) spanning roughly 32 miles east-west and 40 miles north-south. The highest point, Scafell Pike, sits around 3,209ft above sea level which makes it England’s highest mountain.
If you’re a hiker, adventurer, appreciate landscape or even just enjoy a little photography. Then, you will love the Lake District! It’s a place to visit with vast greenery and epic hills for all levels of climbers.
There are 8 main sections that make up the Lake District National Park, these include:
- Coniston Water– Surrounded by mountains and woodland
- Derwentwater and Keswick– A vibrant town of Keswick
- Grasmere and Rydal– Famous for Peter Rabbit and delicious gingerbread
- Langdale Valley– Easy access to the Lake District central fells
- Northern Lakes– Peaceful and beautiful
- Ullswater and Glenridding– Dramatic views and great walking
- Wastwater and the West coast– England’s deepest lake and explore the western coastline
- Windermere and Ambleside– England’s largest lake with bustling tourist towns Bowness and Ambleside
You can check out the best things to do in the Lake District for more ideas!
Where is the Lake District?
The Lake District is situated in the North West of England in the country of Cumbria and is easily accessible by car, bus, train and bike. If you’re traveling from the South of England, follow the M6 northbound and if you’re traveling from Northern England follow the M6 Southbound.
The main train station in the Lake District is Oxenholme, which serves as a good base to explore the town of Kendal. However, you can also reach Windermere, Carlisle, Barrow and Penrith from most major train stations throughout the UK.
If you’re looking to travel around the Lake District by bus, look no further! Stagecoach offers unlimited all day travel from as little as £8.50 so you don’t have to worry or pay for parking!
Check out the Lake District Google Map below;
Lake District National Park Planning
If it’s your visit time visiting the Lake District, don’t worry here’s a few top tips to make your adventure hassle-free!
Get your bearings, the Lake District may be bigger than you first think, it’s impossible to explore the whole National Park within one weekend! Pick a few places that suit your interest and take your time to explore. The Lake District is definitely something that can’t be rushed.
Pack for all weather possibilities, the British weather is very unpredictable, especially when you’re on top of a mountain battling 70mph plus winds when at the car park the sun may have been out in full force!
Research walks beforehand, there are 100’s to choose from which suit different fitness abilities and always tell people where you’re planning on going – you really don’t want to be stuck on top of a mountain when the suns are beginning to set and nobody at home waiting for your expected arrival!
Top 7 Lake District Glamping Pods
The Herdwick Huts (Approx £75 per night)
Located near Ryal, these iconic huts are set in stunning woodland, making it an ideal Lake District glamping experience for a romantic weekend away or a relaxing break to get away from busy family life
Everything’s provided; all you need to bring is yourselves, towels and a bottle of bubbly! There’s even a wood burning stove to warm up on those chilly winter nights. Guests have access to a communal toilet and shower facilities with hot water, as well as a tea room to grab some tasty breakfast and garden area.
Wasdale Yurt Holiday (Approx £125 per night)
If you’re looking for Lake District Yurts, then this is the one you need to stay at.
Okay, what is a Yurt? A traditional yurt (from the Turkic languages) or ger (Mongolian) is a portable, round tent covered with skins or felt and used as a dwelling by several distinct nomadic groups in the steppes of Central Asia.
Located near Gosford, in Western Lakes, Wasdale Yurts are pitched on raised wooden decking overlooking the impressive Scarfell Pike, meaning you have amazing views without having to leave the comfort of your own bed!
Not only do you have the luxury of electricity, but there’s also a wood-burning stove to keep you toasty warm and constant hot water to have a hot cuppa in the morning. Guests also have access to a private hot shower and toilet close by to freshen up after a hard days hiking!
Wild in Style (Approx £70 per night)
Located at Low Wray, Wild in Style offers a variety of stylish units that can sleep up to 4 people, making it perfect for a fun-filled family getaway in the Lake District. The units are furnished and feature wooden floors and wood burning stoves to give them that cosy home from home feeling. Gas cooking facilities and all crockery and cutlery are provided so you can whip up some bacon butties in the morning.
Kelker Well Round House (Approx £150 per night)
Open all year round, this unique glamping in the Lake District experience is based on a real Lakeland farm and provides guests with spectacular views of the Lake District, a wood fired hot tub, hammocks and an herb garden. The Kelker site offers a ‘get away from it all’ experience; perfect for anyone wanting some rest & relaxation away from the hustle & bustle of daily life.
Roundhouse living space includes kitchen facilities, sofa, dining table, chairs, a wood burner stove, a king sized bed and shower with toilet, giving it a luxurious Lakes glamping feel.
Waterside Farm Campsite (Approx £60 per night)
Nestled on the shores of Ulswater stay in a cosy tipi, luxury Lake District pod or unique bell tents all overlooking the picturesque lake. The pretty town of Pooley Bridge is close by to buy necessities or enjoy some hearty food at a local pub in the Lakes.
The Waterside Farm Campsite offers free WIFI in the reception, as well as a children’s play area and laundry facilities. Each accommodation is also equipped with cooking utensils and a gas stove, as well as a double futon bed.
Gowan Bank Farm (Approx £75 per night)
The Gowan Bank Farm is located 3 miles from Windermere, making it an ideal located for walking, cycling, kayaking and swimming.
The luxury shepherds hut sleeps 2 people and includes an en suite bathroom with a power shower, as well as a king size bed and kitchen area. There’s even a satellite TV and 4G wifi for those rainy days!
Skelwith Fold Hideaways (Approx £80 per night)
Located near Ambleside, Skelwith Fold Hideaways offers a number of pods sleeping up to two people with an en suite toilet and shower. Each pod contains an innovative pull-down double sofa-bed, with superior linen and soft furnishings, as well as a fully equipped kitchen with a cooker, microwave and fridge.
Guests will also be provided with Prosecco and truffles tea/coffee and biscuits bedding, towels, shampoo/body wash for that extra luxurious feel.
Check out this YouTube video for some awesome inspiration. Credit to the guys for filming:
Wild camping in the Lake District
If you’re not staying on an official campsite in the Lake District or anywhere else. This is referred to as wild camping.
If you doing wild camping, then you should really get the permission of the landowner. This never really happens, unless you’re staying on a farm or something.
So, is it legal to wild camp in the Lake District? This will totally depend on the landowner. I have wild camped and never had a problem.
Here is a list of tips for wild camping;
- Try and just do one night in the same location
- Keep your groups to a minimum
- This is an obvious one, don’t light any fire
- Always look after and care for the environment
- Don’t leave litter
- Don’t go to the toilet in the rivers or water supplies
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Get away from the stresses and strains of everyday life and go to Lake District glamping in one of the most stunning places in the UK. Come rain or shine, the Lake District is a true natural beauty for all the family to enjoy, especially in a luxury glamping pod.
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