If you love to get away from it all, certificated sites offer few facilities, but plenty of peace and quiet. Ellergill Raise Campsite in Cumbria offers more than most for tent, motorhome and caravan holidays, having its own toilet and shower block, electric hook-ups, fresh drinking water, a few hard standings, rubbish bins, recycling, waste water and chemical water disposal points and even covered washing up sinks. There is one static caravan available to hire, for two-to seven-night holidays. This is a privately owned and run campsite just for adults only; one of the Camping and Caravaning Club's network of 1600 CS sites in England and Northern Ireland. Only five caravans or motorhomes are permitted on CS sites at a time, plus a few tents in addition to that. You do have to be a member of the Camping and Caravanning Club to stay at Ellergill Raise Campsite.
No group bookings are allowed at Ellergill Raise, to maintain the peaceful nature of this retreat. Checking in time is 12 noon, and you'll need to leave by 12 noon on the last day of your holiday, too. There's a three-day minimum stay requirement and you'll need to pay a deposit on booking. Debit and credit card payments are accepted.
There are six acres of slightly sloping land for you to enjoy at Rosegarth, but few facilities on-site. However, right next door is a plant nursery, complete with a Good Companions Restaurant and bar. Within walking distance is a garden centre, too. Best of all, you can walk from the site through Nethertown village and straight onto the beach.
Sunsets can be glorious on the west coast and if you gaze across the Irish sea you might be able to see the Isle of Man, on a clear day.
The location couldn't be more idyllic, with the farm being close to the little seaside village of Saint Bees and the market town of Egremont. It's only four miles from Whitehaven, with its Copeland Swimming Pool, Bowls and Sports Centre, The Rum Story and other attractions.
Saint Bees village offers you good pubs serving meals, as well as a long sandy beach, which is very popular with holidaymakers. Equally popular to visit is Saint Bees Head, the rocky westernmost tip of Cumbria. Keen walkers will know that the beach at Saint Bees is the start of Wainwright's epic Coast to Coast Walk, across some of the most spectacular mountainous countryside in England.
If you travel south down the coast from St Bees, you'll end up in Seascale and then the salt marshes and sand dunes of Drigg.
Egremont, the market town, boasts a romantic ruined Norman Castle which was once highly important strategically because it is located on a hill overlooking the river. Built in 1130, the castle still has its gatehouse, ditches, a large wall from the Great Hall and enough for the visitor to admire and get a sense of its former glory. If you're planning your holiday in September, don't miss the Egremont Crab Fair and gurning contests!
From your base at Rosegarth Farm, you are well placed for strolls on the beach, as well as more ambitious outdoor pursuits such as fell walking, following nature trails, cycling and fishing. You can take a ride on the Ravenglass Railway to see the scenery without driving.
Ideal for couples wanting a quiet tent, motorhome and caravan holidays in Cumbria, Rosegarth Farm is a hidden gem on the beautiful west Lakeland coast.
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