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Borrowdale Caravan and Motorhome Club Site (Low Manesty)

Keswick, Cumbria

For quiet motorhome and touring caravan holidays in the Lake District, Borrowdale Caravan Club Site, formerly called Low Manesty is situated in a very pretty location, one of the most wooded valleys in the Lakes.

Surrounded by National Trust woodland, very close to Derwentwater, this glorious campsite has superb views of the fells.

Borrowdale Caravan Club Site has 60 hard standing pitches to offer, which cater for caravans and motorhomes up to 7.5m maximum length. You'll need to use your caravan or motorhome's on-board facilities, because there are no washrooms here. The site is open from the very end of March until the start of November.

If you enjoy walking holidays in the Lake District, this campsite offers many good walking routes that you can take direct from the site. It's rugged rocky countryside, so don't forget your walking boots, maps, compass, rucksack and waterproofs to fully appreciate this scenic part of the northern Lake District.

If you'd prefer some more gentle walks, you will discover that there are forest trails, nature trails, guided walks and farm walks, on relatively flat ground. But to really appreciate the views in this area, it's worth attempting some of the more exciting walks that will take you in a zigzag fashion up the mountainsides.

If you love water sports and messing about in boats, the Lake District is one big playground for you to enjoy during your holidays at Borrowdale Caravan Club Site. From this base, you can go to Derwentwater, which has boats and a marina. Buttermere and Crummock Water are close to the campsite, too, if you prefer to get out on a quieter stretch of water. Visit Bassenthwaite, too, another local lake with a sailing club.

If you like energetic cycling during your holidays, don't miss the chance to explore the hilly trails of the Lake District, including the Sustrans trails (

The National Trust takes care of Derwentwater, as well as its island and Georgian Manor. Ancient mysteries such as Bowder Stone and Castlerigg Stone Circle are under the National Trust's protection, as are Ashness Bridge and Watendlath hamlet. Visit Brandlehow Park, Crow Park and Friar's Crag to appreciate the gentle beauty of the lake. In all, the Trust looks after 29,000 acres of Borrowdale and says that this favoured spot has been inhabited for 4,500 years.

If you are lucky you may spot otters in Borrowdale, Peregrine Falcons at Falcon Crag, rare red squirrels and even the very last ice age Vendace fish, which only life in Borrowdale and Bassenthwaite.

It is remarkable that wildlife now thrives in this beautiful part of the Lake District National Park, because this area was once mined for copper and graphite, there was an iron smelting industry and trees were cut down and burned in clamps to make charcoal.

Keswick is only a few miles from here, and it's worth taking a look at this famous Lakeland town. Keswick boasts many exciting tourist attractions, museums, shops and eateries. If you have children you might enjoy a trip to The Puzzling Place. And if you're keen to develop your climbing skills, how about going to Keswick Climbing Wall. For some exciting outdoor activities, try canoeing, archery, mountain walking, kayaking, rock climbing indoors or outdoors, with instructors at Newlands Adventure Centre in Keswick.

If you need a rest after that, it's fun to pop in to the Theatre by the Lake to find out what's on, or take a tour of the award-winning Lakes Distillery, the largest whisky distillery in England. There's a bistro here too, where you can book a very special meal out and enjoy fine cuisine from a former Michelin starred chef.

For scenic and varied motorhome and caravan holidays in the Lakes, put Borrowdale Caravan Club Site on your list of places to stay.

Pets allowed, Chemical disposal point, Electric hook-ups, LPG stockist, Shop, Wireless internet

Motorhome pitches, Serviced pitches (touring), 60 Touring pitches

Borrowdale Caravan and Motorhome Club Site (Low Manesty) (www)

Cumbria, North of England
United Kingdom
CA12 5UG
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3.0 stars

If you like being close to nature this is the place to visit; if you like all mod cons and facilities forget it.
Not really a site for teenagers unless they like walking / hiking outdoor pursuits.
Although there are no toilet blocks there is a small shop.
Excellent access to some fantastic walks and a ferry service operates to Keswick from a landing stage about 10 minutes walk from the site.
No tents.