"In the Lake District National Park"
A few miles from the lake which shares its name, Windermere Club Site has many environmentally friendly facilities to match its beautiful surroundings. You may see deer, song thrushes or rabbits by your pitch.
Kendal is close by. It has good restaurants and shopping facilities. It is also home to the Abbot Hall Art Gallery, the Museum of Lakeland Life and the Kendal Museum.
The town of Windermere has the World of Beatrix Potter Attraction and the Lake District Visitor Centre. Windermere is also home to the original, flagship Lakeland Plastics store and factory.
The Dale Way long distance footpath is a mile and a half from the site. Follow it into Windermere and take the train back to Staveley station.
Coniston Water is very beautiful. The Steam Yacht Gondola leaves from Coniston Pier or Brantwood jetty for a 45-minute tour of the lake. Mountain Goat Tours transport visitors around several routes in the Lake District.
Take the car ferry from Bowness to the western Lakes. The Arts and Crafts House at Blackwell has much of its original 1900 interior.
Windermere’s Backpacker Facility allows those travelling light to stop off and use amenities, including a clothes drying area, dedicated washing-up and food preparation points as well as a barbecue area. A £10 deposit is required for the barrier key, refunded on return. On the site there is a bar serving food and beverages in the evenings (limited opening November to April).
: December in 2010
We arrived late evening on 23rd December for a short xmas break. On arrival at the campsite, we found the atmosphere very magical as it was beautifully lite with external xmas lights and decorations.The staff where very helpful showing us to our pitch. The following evening there was a carol evening with carols and mulled wine.
The campsite itself is situated with some breathtaking views and some nice walks. The only downside was the frozen water pipes and having to get water from the washing up room, all the other facilities where up and running considering it was -17c We also had some really nice meals in the bar/family room. On the night of our booked day of departure (27/12/2010)we had had quite a bit of snow and where unable to get off the site,the staff where brilliant and ever so helpful towing our caravan to the end of the lane to get onto the A591 which was completely impassible. They where kind enough to tow it back to the site and we stayed for another night.We attempted to leave the next day and again the staff were so helpful in towing us off. This time the snow plows had cleared the road and we where able to begin our journey home. This is definately one on our list to visit in the summer.
: August in 2009
We have just arrived home this afternoon from the Lake District, having stayed at Windermere camping & caravanning club site...and what can i say?
Well firstly it has been fantastic!
i personally have been camping with the c & cc since i was 11yrs old with my parents, i am now 35 with two children aged 11 & 14yrs old.
my husband and i both agree that in all the years we have camped, this is the very best site we have been too!
Yes it is that good, infact it is a credit to the club.
The club wardens/ stewards were extremely friendly, and helpful if need be...and always had a cheery hello for everyone.
The shop was well shocked with more than just basic's and had some very informative leaflets on the surrounding area.
Next to the shop is a lovely site bar serving home cooked meals and although we didnt eat there the smell was divine...
The shower blocks, toilets & washing up area's were spotlessly clean....and i mean immaculately clean!
The whole site is set out & very well maintained, with the wardens making sure you are enjoying your stay by helping new campers along and reassuring us older campers if we had a question...this was a huge bonus.
What we did take notice of is that the site was very family friendly too...with many children happily playing on their bikes and laughing alot, and the older ones enjoying the pool table & huge tv in the family room next to the pub...we spent each evening relaxing in their gardens with a well earned drink , watching the children playing & chatting with fellow campers...a perfect holiday, thank you!
Windermere Camping and Caravanning Club Site, Lake District, Cumbria
This reviewer is a family with children, a tourer/motorhomer
Having never camped before in my life I wasn't sure how I would find the experience but Windermere was an excellent first outing and one that has convinced me I should have been doing this years ago.
I, along with my 10 year old daughter, went along with 8 other friends and stayed for 2 nights, we were all in tents and the lovely people who work at Windermere ensured we were all together, despite one party arriving later and another not until the next day.
The checking in process was very easy but please be patient with the staff at busy times as they can get a bit swamped. Nobody can just drive into the camp as there are access gates which can only be opened by a key fob or by the camps staff. Which means the security here is really good.
The site was spotlessly clean with lush green grass all around, it is obvious that the owners take a great deal of pride in their site. The toilet / shower facilities were extremely clean (they close the block between 3pm - 4pm daily to do a thorough clean but are in and out all day to keep on top of things), and offer well lit public / private areas to carry out your required ablutions. There is also a hairdryer which you can use for 20p a time. My only suggestion (and it is a petty one) is that maybe they could have a similar system for hair straighteners for those of us who can't cope with bad hair days!
There are areas to carry out your dishwashing with plenty of hot water and space to drain your pots.
The bar is well stocked and the activity room / dining room has a pool table and television. You can dine at the campsite - something we didn't do on this occassion - and if the aromas coming from the kitchen were anything to go by you would enjoy a very tasty meal.
The main plus point for me with this camp was that my daughter who has special needs was able to go off with her friends without me worrying one little bit, something I don't allow her to do at home, because it was obvious that the camp was very safe for children with the security at the gate in place and the speed limit imposed on cars (5mph). She enjoyed a sense of freedom she rarely is afforded anywhere else.
We will all definitely return to Windermere in the not very distant future and I can only hope that all my future camping expeditions will be as enjoyable as this one, but they would have to go a long way to beat it!
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