Waterfoot Park Penrith, Cumbria, North of England, CA11 0JF (Location map)

5 stars out of 4 reviews

1st March to 14th November

An award winning campsite, listed in the Top 100 Sites Guide compiled by Caravan Sitefinder in association with Practical Caravan and Practical Motorhome magazines, Waterfoot Park is a lovely site set within the grounds of a Georgian mansion. From the Mansion garden guest are offered tremendous views of Ullswater, one of the Lake District’s most popular valleys, yet as it's not too far off the M6, it is well connected and easy to get to.

There are a variety of accommodation options at Waterfoot Park. The touring area welcomes motorhomes and caravans, and has 31 hardstanding pitches, all of which have electric, water and TV hook-ups. Guests have the use of clean and tidy washrooms, including baby changing facilities, plus there's a laundry room, somewhere to do your washing up and also a recycling point. Campfires aren't permitted, however this is a dog friendly campsite (there's a £1 fee per pooch), but owners are reminded to keep their dogs on a short lead and under control, and to clean up after them. Awnings are included in your fee. However, tents are not allowed at Waterfoot and there are no seasonal touring pitches. The Mansion Bar is open in the main season, times vary. Free Wi-Fi is available in this area.

There are four self catering Mansion apartments for short and weekly hire. Three are dog friendly and all four properties afford spectacular views over Ullswater. Fully equipped including dishwasher, washing machine for that perfect self catering holiday. Each property is a different internal layout with patio and garden areas on three of them. Accommodation sleeps from four up to eight persons depending on the property chosen. Towels and bed linen are included with Free Wi-Fi.

Or how about giving glamping a go? Four fully equipped self catering Wigwams are available for hire at this campsite in the Lake District. You will need to bring your own toiletries, cooking and eating equipment, bedding and towels. Each wigwam can house two adults and up to two children, sleeping in the fixed double bed and the double sofa bed. There's a kitchenette with fridge, kettle, toaster, two ring hob and microwave, an en suite shower and toilet and a dining table with chairs, while outside you have the use of a barbecue area and a picnic table.

There are also holiday homes at Waterfoot Park that you can buy, both new and used. All the park's holiday home pitches have electricity, mains water and drainage.

To keep the kids entertained during your stay, there is a football pitch, as well as a children's play area, where you will find a slide, swings and much more. In addition, the site's shop is open everyday, selling local provisions and Calor Gas.

Head for the former mansion building and you’ll find a bar (where Wi-Fi access is free), a coffee lounge, as well as an information area. There is also a book swap.

The site also has for hire one of the Ullswater Twizy flock, this is a snazzy Renault electric vehicle that can be hired from £10. Dressed as a sheep, you would be 'baaahhmy' not to try it. The green way to see the area especially if you have arrived in a Motorhome.

If you're heading here to enjoy your glamping, self catering, motorhome or caravan holidays in the Lake District, you will not be short of things to do. Take a trip off-site and you’ll be able to enjoy a cruise on the water with Ullswater 'Steamers'; you can even take your bike onboard if you’d like to try out one of the locality’s many cycle paths. There are also lots of lovely walking paths that connect from the Ullswater Way footpath which runs through the Caravan Park via Pooley Bridge and the Steamer Pier and Maiden Hill to Aira Force. The Ullswater Way is a 20 mile round the lake footpath that connects to cruise routes. Fancy something a bit different? There are lots of activity centres in the area where you can have a go at canoeing, sailing, scrambling, climbing, abseiling, paragliding, windsurfing and much more. After all that, you'll have worked up an appetite, so why not head to a pub in nearby Pooley Bridge ( ten minute walk) or in the local market town Penrith, which is only about a 15-minute drive from this site.


Waterfoot Park (www)
Pooley Bridge, Ullswater
Cumbria, North of England
United Kingdom
CA11 0JF


Junction 40 M6,A66 One Mile,Take A592 Ullswater,Waterfoot is Approx Five Miles from the Motorway, situated on the right hand side of the road,just before the Lake, which is a five minute walk from the Park. Not Sat Nav compatible

Nearby attractions

Ullswater Steamers,Rheged visitor centre,Dalemain Historic House & Gardens,Alpaca Centre, National Trust Aira Force, Pooley Bridge local market, Rookin House, Lowther Castle

Things to do nearby

  • Boat launch
  • Cycle hire
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Horse Riding
  • Sailing
  • Swimming (Indoor)
  • Swimming (Outdoor)
  • Water Sports
  • Internet Access
  • Games Room
  • Snooker/Pool

Ullswater Steamer Lake Cruises, Lowther Castle ; Dalemain Mansion & Gardens, Rheged Centre, Pony Trekking, Watersports and Boating hire



Other facilities

Twizy (electric car) available to hire from reception, Wi-Fi cards to purchase in reception, free Wi-Fi in the bar area

Motorhome pitches34£21.50-£30.00
Touring pitches34£21.50-£30.00
Tent pitches
Seasonal pitches
Serviced pitches (touring)
Holiday homes
Residential homes
Owned / buy
Holiday homes126
Residential homes


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Overall rating

4.5 stars

Based on 3 review(s)


5.0 stars

Just returned here with our tourer after a break of 8 years from caravaning and it is still as good as ever, but with the added bonus of hard wired TV points !! The touring area is a small very clean and well kept area with hard standings for all pitches, shower facilities are of a good standard and always clean with plenty of hot water. While we were there there was a good mixture of couples and families all of whom were very friendly and enjoying their stay. There is a seperate playing field with swings and climbing frames for the kids. The shop is a bit of a blast from the past, small old fashioned but stocked with all the essentials, the bar are is the same a cosy old fashioned full of character place for a beer. The site is perhaps a 15min stroll from Pooley Bridge through two fields and a woodland path (not suitable for prams)or alternatively you can walk along the road, but there is no pavements. Note if you want the evening sun pitch on the left hand side of feild as you drive in, as the rest is in shade from early evening. All in all very friendly, clean, and a safe place for kids, a highly recommended site that is a credit to it's owners, BEWARE WE WILL BE BACK...


5.0 stars

This is a lovely site, very relaxed, clean and well kept. half a mile walk into Pooly Bridge, many woodland and river? /lakeside walks. On site faciities are very good. Plenty of space around touring caravans, lovely childrens play area,We have now visited this site three times and would certainley go again.

North Lanarkshire

4.0 stars

Little gem of a site. Very relaxed friendly atmosphere, with all the necessary services available and play area for children. Clean toilet/shower facilities with laundry room, very large spaces available for caravan, awning and car. The pictures do not do it credit and need updating. Would recommend highly as good value for money.

Photo of Camping pod
10' x 6'
year built
We have four self catering Running Water II Wigwams for hire. Each Wigwam can accommodate 2 adults and up to 2 children. Each Wigwam is provided with a fixed double bed, a double sofa bed both with mattresses,an en-suite toilet and shower room, a kitchenette which has storage space with a sink, under counter fridge, kettle, microwave, hob and toaster . There is a dining table with 4 chairs, broom, bin, dustpan/brush and chopping board for your use. Outside you will find a picnic table and gravelled area suitable for barbecueing. Waterfoot wigwams do not have television reception but you may bring your own for the purpose of watching DVD's.Please note dogs are welcome in select wigwams for a samll charge per night.

Price per week: £47.00 - £58.00

Forsales enquiries , call directly on01539 531578.