Few campsites in the UK can have as impressive a location as Park Foot Caravan & Camping Park – quite literally at the foot of Lake Ullswater, the second largest lake within the beautiful and dramatic Lake District. Natural beauty abounds, with a backdrop of fells and lakeland scenery at this dog friendly campsite.
On offer here is not just camping and caravanning, but high quality self-catering accommodation (for two to 10 people) as well. Motorhomes, touring caravans and tents can all pitch at this park.
The campsite is large with many touring pitches, both grass and hardstanding. These are spaced apart in different areas of the park and separated by many hedges, trees, stone walls and access ways, so the park feels rambling but not nondescript. On an incline, to the rear of the site – and furthest away from the lake – are the static pitches, five woodland holiday cottages, log cabins and a handful of hardstanding touring pitches, clustered around a small stream. Being on higher ground, these naturally have some of the best views of the lake.
To the side of the static caravans, but completely separated by an access road and tall hedgerow are The Terraces – grass touring pitches that feel intimate and secluded. There are 12 terraces in all, divided by hedging high enough to hide your lower or upper 'neighbours'. A clubhouse, with a licensed bar and beer garden, restaurant and takeaway, sits central to the park. Here too, can be found a very well stocked shop, selling groceries, camping accessories and outdoor clothing, two play areas, tennis courts and cycle hire, in addition to washing-up areas and amenity/laundry buildings.
Below the central amenities lie further terraced hardstanding touring pitches, tent pitches with electric hook-ups and camping fields specifically for tents. A motorhome service point is also provided here. At the very foot of the park is a lakeside camping area, which, arguably, has the best views of all; indeed several of the pitches are sited right beside the lake. Tent camping is provided for families and couples only with school groups by arrangement; same-sex groups are not permitted.
Park Foot has its own 'beach' and launching facilities, free for those staying on site. Boat hire is available locally for those without their own craft. Fishing, in particular for still water trout, is also possible on Ullswater, subject to national rod licence regulations. And while the Lake District offers endless dog walking, there are two dog-walking areas on site should you be having a day 'at home'.
Membership of the centrally located Country Club House is free while staying at Park Foot. Open every weekend from Easter until the Spring Bank Holiday and then seven days a week throughout the summer, there are regular discos and entertainment plus pool tables, table tennis and a video games room in addition to a restaurant and bar.
And while Park Foot is an ideal base from which to discover the numerous attractions and places to visit throughout the Lake District, just behind the park is the Park Foot Pony Trekking Centre, under the same ownership. With panoramic views from Barton Fell, overlooking Ullswater, the trekking is perfect for complete beginners and children from five years upwards as no road work is involved – it's the ideal way in which to see the surrounding area. Fully licensed and approved by the Association of British Riding Schools, the centre is open daily from April to October.
The camping and caravan site is open from March to November; however, some self-catered accommodation is available all year. So if you're looking for somewhere to stay on your motorhome tours and camping and caravan holidays in the Lake District, why not give Park Foot Caravan and Camping Park a call.
Car wash, bike hire, pony trekking, shop, lake access
The area is ideal for fishing. Martindale and Kentmere Common which border the lake make this area a walkers paradise. The magnificent Aira Force Waterfall (65ft high) is 4 miles away. Penrith, gateway to the Lakes, is a market town 5 miles away, and has a golf course, heated indoor swimming pool and plenty of shops to cater for all tastes.
Childrens Activity Club - fully supervised activities. (during Summer school holidays only)
Based on 2 review(s)
gt manchester 02 Jun 2006
first time we used this site ,,over the bank holiday weekend 26th may--29th may being a family of 2 adults and 3 kids we found the site very plesent and peacefull the only downside is paying for the showers tut tut,,,, being the bank holiday weekend the site was full and that certainly shown up with how full the club was ,,needs a bigger club ,,,overall we gave it a thumbs up and will use again
Northumberland 31 May 2006
We stayed at this site 15 years ago and really enjoyed it. The quality of the site was still the same on our return this year (2006). The location is very good and the site is well serviced with lots of amenities. However, this is not a site for the non-smoker who wants to make use of the bar and restaurant. There is no area that is non-smoking and we found this unpleasant whilst eating meals. The cost of pitching over the bank holiday weekend was quite expensive and I was shocked to find that we still had to pay to use the showers! We didn't meet many staff but those who registered us were polite.
The Past 29 Jul 2003
** This review was originally posted by Joanna Smith from Stirling. ** I have stayed at Park Foot many times with my family and found it to be an exceptional site. My children love the activities on offer, and we have always found the staff to be most helpful and friendly. The situation on the lakeside is absolutely beautiful and we have never had any problems, and really enjoy ourselves every time we visit.