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Skelwith Fold Caravan Park

Ambleside, Cumbria

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Once the grounds of a fine country house, this vast estate of naturalised woodland is a delight to explore, making Skelwith Fold Caravan Park a lovely place to spend your holidays in Cumbria. It's a friendly place set across 130 acres of woodland, with a David Bellamy award for bio-diversity and sustainable eco-policies.

Caravans and motorhomes are welcome to pitch here, plus there are owner occupied holiday homes.

For guests in touring caravans and motorhomes, all of the 120 pitches are hardstanding and benefit from electric hook-ups. In addition, there are 22 premium pitches, each of which has a grey waste drain, a TV hook-up, a water standpipe and a picnic table. There are also 24 seasonal touring pitches which can be occupied between 1 March and 26 November, plus winter storage is offered to seasonal tourers – please ask the park for more details on this.

There are 300 privately owned holiday homes here, too. Again, contact the park directly if you'd like to find out more about becoming a caravan holiday home owner at this park.

Facilities at Skelwith Fold Caravan Park include toilet and shower blocks with disabled access, a laundrette, water standpipes, and chemical toilet disposal and drive-over motorhome disposal points, while the reception can provide gas cylinder exchange. The site also boasts a library and Wi-Fi, and has a very well stocked shop, which is handy for keeping your holiday essentials topped up.

This is also dog friendly campsite – and there's even a dog wash area. However, please remember, as a courtesy to other guests, to control your four-legged friend at all times and to clean up after it. There's also a bike and welly wash area.

But that's not all. Electric bicycle hire is available here, too, so there really are no excuses for leaving your car, campervan or motorhome on site and pedalling off to see the spectacular local area.

Skelwith Fold Caravan Park enjoys an idyllic location, not far from the north coast of Lake Windermere, nestled in the heart of the Lake District National Park. It's less than a 10-minute drive from the town of Ambleside, a quarter of an hour's drive from Windermere town and about a 35-minute drive from Keswick to the north, and about half an hour by car from Kendal to the south.

The great outdoors is waiting for you to get stuck into it when you spend your motorhome and caravan holidays in the Lake District. The landscape is stunning and perfect for walking holidays, whether you'd like a gentle stroll or a challenging hike. You could also scale England's highest mountain, Scafell Pike. As we've said, you could go for a relaxing cycling ride or take on a thrilling, high-octane mountain bike course, or take it easy and enjoy bird watching. Want to hit the water? Take a cruise across Lake Windermere, or enjoy swimming, fishing, canoeing or kayaking.

Visit the Lake District, wind back the pace of life and enjoy a relaxing break at Skelwith Fold Caravan Park, where you can be certain of a very warm welcome.

Open from:
1st March to 26th November

Allow rallies, Disabled access, Family park, Pets allowed, Children's play area(s), Chemical disposal point, Electric hook-ups, 1 Laundry, LPG stockist, 3 Sanitary block(s), 1 Shop, Washing up facilities, Wireless internet

Free shower and toilet facilities, childrens adventure playground plus football pitch, trust library, picnic area.

Motorhome pitches, Seasonal pitches, Serviced pitches (touring), Touring pitches, Safari tents, 320 Holiday homes (owned)

Nearby attractions:
Boat launch, Cycle hire, Fishing, Golf, Horse riding holidays, Sailing, Swimming (Indoor), Swimming (Outdoor), Tennis, Internet Access

With over 5 miles of private roads within the exclusive grounds, there is always something to see, some new area to explore.

As Skelwith Fold is set in the very heart of the Lakeland National Park on the edge of Ambleside, there is no shortage of places to visit.

Excellent base for those wishing to explore the Lake District fells and tourist attractions.

Skelwith Fold Caravan Park

Cumbria, North of England
United Kingdom
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Overall rating

3.5 stars

Based on 3 review(s)

3.0 stars

Dont use the Wifi!

Great site, great location, good shop, plentiful and clean amenities. Visited 3 times in 18 months. Was overall happy, hence the revisits. Unfortunately very disappointed this last time.

They advertise the site has Wifi, but it is really poor. Very expensive, with slow and intermittent connectivity. Lack of transparency of cost. my 3 day 1Gb allowance was consumed in 24 hours. I asked the site, who just passed me on to their IT supplier, I raised a case with them to find out why and they just give stock response then ignore you. Seems I wasn't alone with others complaining about the Wifi too.

Don't waste your money as it is a rip off and when there are issues you are just ignored.

As I say, great site and all good when things are okay. But to be honest not sure I will revisit, you can tell a lot about a company by how they deal with issues and Skelwith just passed the buck to their supplier, who ignore you. They failed to acknowledge that they are providing the service to their customers, who they choose to supply it is up to them.

West yorks.

4.0 stars

Had a fantastic 10 night break here in August, lovely clean site, quiet and peaceful. Well stocked shop on site, lovely walks available direct from the site, will definately be going back, just ensure you book in advance as they soon sell out! And if your putting your awning up take a lumphammer & some extra strong pegs!

Tyne & Wear

3.0 stars

Fantastic site, set in what appears to be in woodland, quite and tranquil, for those who like widlife there is plenty to see and if you are early enought you may see dears grazing in the field. The toilet and shower block is clean and tidy. The site is situated on the road from Ambleside to Hawkshead, abit of warning when leaving the site after your stay and if you need to leave via Ambleside, joining the road to Ambleside there is abit on an incline, which can be a bit tricky to pull out if you catch it when there is alot of traffic, but do not let that put you off this is a great site and you will not be disappointed.