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Best Campsites For Campervans In The North West Of England

Are you looking for Campsites For Campervans In The North West? Enjoy the magical landscapes of the Lake District, Lancashire and Cumbria.

Best Campsites For Campervans In The North West

There are many fantastic camping sites for you to discover throughout Lancashire, Cumbria and the north-west. We have identified campsites which allow campervans and brought them together in this guide for the best campsites for campervans in the North West of England.

With the Lake District at the heart of the north-west, you will discover the perfect campervan sites with outdoor activities available to suit everyone. Whether you fancy a boat trip across Lake Windermere or fell walking through the famous Pennine Way we have located the best campervan campsites.

About The Area

The North West of England is a popular destination for campervan owners as it is home to some of the most beautiful landscapes in the UK. The North West includes the counties of Lancashire, Merseyside, Cheshire, Cumbria and Greater Manchester.

The biggest attraction for campers, hikers and climbers is the Lake District National Park. As one of the most scenic regions of England, the Lake District offers beautiful views for camping or glamping. Within the park are 16 lakes which are perfect for watersports and boat trips.

If you love camping within breathtaking scenery, then the Lake District offers some of the best campsites for campervans in England. Camping in the Lake District rewards you with views of Englands only mountain range alongside beautiful lakes and fells.

Romantic Campsites For Couples

Romantic Campsites For Couples

Below are a selection of the most romantic campsites for couples in the North West of England. All the campsites on the list welcome campervans.

Eskdale Campsite

Eskdale Campsite, Boot, Holmrook, Cumbria, CA19 1TH

01946723253

  • Waterside Camping
  • Mountains Nearby
  • Kid-friendly
  • Disability Facilities
  • Romantic Retreat
  • Fantastic Views
  • Forests Nearby
  • Dogs Welcome
  • Playground

Enjoy picture perfect villages and sensational lakes while staying in the Lake District. This lovely secluded campsite welcomes campervans and offers disabled facilities. The site is located amongst lovely forest walks and mountain views for the perfect romantic getaway. Be sure to visit the Japanese Garden at Eskdale for a calming horticultural experience. If its excitement you are looking for, you will find thrilling outdoor activities at  West Lakes Adventure.

The Quiet Site

Watermillock, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 0LS

07768 727016

  • Romantic Retreat
  • Fantastic Views
  • Fishing Nearby
  • Dogs Welcome
  • Remote Location
  • Mountains Nearby
  • Kid-friendly
  • Children's Playground

With views over Ullswater Lake, The Quiet Site offers a romantic location for couples visiting the Lake District. You will discover many fantastic walking trails amongst the fells for all ages and abilities. When you are ready to relax, you can sit down with a pint at the on-site drinking facility named 'The Pub'. 

Syke Farm Camping Ground

Buttermere Village, Buttermere, Cumbria CA13 9XA

01768 770222

  • Remote Location
  • Waterside Camping
  • Forests
  • Great Views
  • Mountains Nearby
  • Forests Nearby
  • Dogs Welcome

This secluded campsite is a hidden treasure in the tiny hamlet of Buttermere south-west of Keswick. The local farm offers Buttermere Ayrshires Ice Cream which is worth the stay alone. There is a tearoom alongside the ice cream parlour with eggs and milk available from the farm shop. 

Campsites Near The Beach

Discover beautiful campsites near the beach in the North West. All the campsites on the list welcome campervans.

Fisherground Campsite

Fellside Cottage, Eskdale, Holmrook, Cumbria CA19 1TF

07580 125 952

  • Remote Location
  • Mountains Nearby
  • Kid-friendly
  • Dogs Welcome
  • Fantastic Views
  • Near To Beach
  • Children's Playground

If you are travelling with a family in your campervan, be sure to stop here. The kids will love coming to Fisherground Campsite as it has everything a family campsite needs. Marshmallows are toasted on open fires while children play on tyre rafts in the nearby stream. With on-site play areas for the kids, they will be occupied throughout the stay. A waterfall is found after a short walk, and the beach is a short drive away. 

Best Family Campsites

Here are our choice of the best family campsites in the North West. All the campsites on the list welcome campervans.

Kettlewell Camping

Kettlewell Camping, Conistone Lane, Kettlewell, nr Skipton BD23 5RE

07930 379 079

  • Remote Location
  • Dogs Welcome
  • Disability Facilities
  • Fantastic Views
  • Children's Playground

With wonderful views across the Yorkshire Dales, this campervan friendly campsite is the perfect stopping point while travelling across the Dales Way. If you wish to take a day trip to the historic town of Skipton, you can visit its medieval castle. You can also visit the nearby swimming pool at, Ilkley Pool and Lido.

Park Cliffe

Park Cliffe Camping, Birks Road, Windermere, Cumbria, LA23 3PG

[email protected]

  • Children's Playground
  • Kid-friendly
  • Remote Location
  • Dogs Welcome
  • Mountains Nearby
  • Disability Facilities
  • Fantastic Views

This award-winning campsite is a favourite amongst campervan owners. It has been voted ‘Cumbria Tourism Holiday Park of the Year’ while being awarded a silver merit at the ‘England for Excellence’ awards. These are some of the best campsite facilities in the region with restaurant, bar, sho and games room. There is also a children's adventure playground on site. If you fancy exploring the nearby attractions, you can visit South Lakes Wild Animal Park or the Lakeland Motor Museum.

Campsites With Fishing

Campsites With Fishing

We recommend these campsites with fishing in the North West. All the campsites on the list welcome campervans.

Pier Cottage Caravan Park

Pier Cottage, Coniston, Cumbria, LA21 8AJ

015394 41252

  • Waterside Camping
  • Fantastic Views
  • Dogs Welcome
  • Mountains Nearby
  • Fishing Nearby
  • Kid-friendly

If you love camping near water, then you need to book your stay at Pier Cottage Caravan Park. You will enjoy lakeside views with Coniston Boating Centre a short walk away. If you walk towards the village centre, you will find pubs, cafes and shops. There are also local tennis courts and a playground to keep the children entertained.

Masons Campsite

Ainhams House, Appletreewick, Skipton, BD23 6DD

01756 720275

  • Waterside Camping
  • Fantastic Views
  • Kid-friendly
  • Remote Location
  • Fishing Nearby
  • Dogs Welcome

Masons Campsite is located in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. You will find footpaths leading into the local hills or alongside the river towards Burnsall. There are local family-friendly pubs to be found nearby, and there is an onsite shop for your camping essentials. Nearby attractions include  Stump Cross Caverns in Nidderdale,  Billy Bob’s play barn and Hesketh Farm Park.

Gill Head Farm

Gill Head Farm, Troutbeck, Penrith, Cumbria CA11 0ST

01768 779652

  • Remote Location
  • Fishing
  • Dogs Welcome
  • Good For Kids
  • Forests
  • Children's Playground

Gill Head Farm is a campervan friendly campsite located in a peaceful Cumbrian farm. You will enjoy fantastic fell views end can discover the campsite waterfall and hidden field. Nearby, you can enjoy a range of outdoor activities including ghyll scrambling, hiking, biking and water sports. If you take an interest in horse riding lessons, rifle shooting or archery, you can visit  Rookin House Equestrian Centre. England’s second largest lake Ullswater is also a short drive away.

Campsite With Disabled Access

Listed here are some of the best campsites with disabled access in the North West. All the campsites on the list welcome campervans.

Wasdale Head Campsite

Wasdale Head, Seascale, Cumbria CA20 1EX

015394 32733

  • Waterside Campsite
  • Mountains Nearby
  • Disability Facilities
  • Remote Location
  • Dogs Welcome

This peaceful campsite offers easy access to nearby mountains which can be climbed without much difficulty. Muncaster Castle is located nearby, or you may choose to ride the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway.

Windermere (Ready Camp)

Ashes Lane, Staveley, Kendal, Cumbria LA8 9JS

01539 821119

  • Mountains Nearby
  • Disability Facilities
  • Kid-friendly
  • Children's Playground

This campervan friendly site is found between Windermere and Kendal. You will find easy access the local village, Stavely. In Stavely, you can enjoy a cake from the artisan bakery of a local beer from the microbrewery.  Other local attractions include  The World of Beatrix Potter and the  Windermere Lake Cruises.

Low Wray National Trust Campsite 

Low Wray, nr Ambleside, Cumbria LA22 0JA

015394 32733

  • Waterside Camping
  • Kid-friendly
  • Dogs Welcome
  • Playground
  • Fantastic Views
  • Mountains Nearby
  • Disability Facilities

This lakeside campsite offers excellent facilities with views across Lake Windermere. There are local woodland trails for family expeditions as well as the watersports available on the lake. You will find opportunities for walking, cycling along paths leading from the campsite. You will also be able to visit Wray Castle for nearby family activities.

Dog-Friendly Campsites

Here is our list of our favourite dog-friendly campsites in the North West. All the campsites on the list welcome campervans.

The Paddock

The Paddock, Leaches Road, Shuttleworth, Bury, Lancashire BL0 0ND

07768 700227 / 07921 523746

  • Fantastic Views
  • Dogs Welcome
  • Kid-friendly

The Paddock offers glamping and camping on a working Lancashire farm. The site is 15 minutes walk from the town of Ramsbottom. The campsite has some lovely features including tea lights in jam jars which light your way back to your campervan or tent. The children can take part in lamb feeding and donkey petting or simply enjoy watching the chickens. If you fancy a walk, you can follow the Irwell Sculpture Trail, to view impressive sculptures nearby.

Sykeside Camping Park

Brotherswater, Patterdale, Cumbria, CA11 0NZ

01768 482239

  • Waterside Camping
  • Fantastic Views
  • Dogs Welcome
  • Remote Location
  • Mountains Nearby

Sykeside Camping Park offers mountain views from the  Lake District’s Dovedale valley. There are excellent on-site facilities and a nearby pub which offers draught beer and pub food. There are fantastic hiking routes for walking around the small lake of  Brotherswater. Nearby you can pay a visit to Lowther Castle and Gardens or a boat trip with Ullswater Steamers.

Kestrel Lodge Camping

Bassenthwaite, Keswick, Cumbria CA12 4QX

017687 76752

  • Remote Location
  • Mountains Nearby
  • Dogs Welcome
  • Fantastic Views
  • Kid-friendly

This Lake District campsite is perfect for a campervan holiday. The site is located between the Cumbrian fells and Bassenthwaite Lake. The nearby mountain of Skiddaw sits above the campsite with nine other mountains approachable from the campsite. You may also wish to pay a visit to  Wordsworth House and Gardens or the Honister Slate Mine

Lanefoot Farm

Thornthwaite, Keswick, Cumbria CA12 5RZ

017687 78097

  • Remote Location
  • Dogs Welcome
  • Great Views

This dog-friendly campsite provides a laid-back atmosphere with chickens roaming about the site. You will find a shop on site with other facilities available. Bassenthwaite Lake is nearby where Britains rarest fish, the vendace, can be found. You can rent a mountain bike nearby at Whinlatter Forest. If you fancy a pub crawl, you can visit Braithwaite village for drinks at the Royal Oak, Coledale Inn or Middle Ruddings.

Beautiful Secluded Camping

Beautiful Secluded Camping

If you are looking for beautiful secluded camping in the North West be sure to visit the sites on this list. All the campsites on the list welcome campervans.

Side Farm Campsite

Patterdale, Penrith, Cumbria CA11 0NP

01768 482337

  • Waterside Camping
  • Fantastic Views
  • Mountains Nearby
  • Remote Location
  • Dogs Welcome

This wonderfully secluded campsite offers access to the eastern side of the Lake District. Situated between the Place Fell slopes and Ullswater shores, you will experience some of the most beautiful views in England. If you enjoy canoe paddling or boating, the nearby lake offers fantastic opportunities.

Great Langdale

Great Langdale, Ambleside, Cumbria LA22 9JU

015394 32733

  • Remote Location
  • Mountains Nearby
  • Fantastic Views
  • Dogs Welcome

If you love mountain views, the area is dominated by the Langdale Pikes. This campsite is not full of tourists, so it is perfect to get away from the busier A-list Lakeland destinations. You can enjoy short walks to three local pubs including the ‘ODG' where the landlord is known to begin playing the violin for evening entertainment.

Usha Gap

Usha Gap Campsite, Muker, Richmond, North Yorkshire DL11 6DW

01748 886110

  • Remote Location
  • Dogs Welcome
  • Fantastic Views

Set in the famous Yorkshire Dales, this campsite is located in the picturesque village of Muker. In the local area, you can visit Swaledale Woolens for its locally produced wool products. If you love cheese, you can stop in on the Wensleydale Creamery nearby. Another popular attraction is Bolton Castle which is one of England's best-preserved fortresses. 

Baysbrown Farm

Great Langdale, Ambleside, Cumbria LA22 9JZ

01539 437150

  • Remote Location
  • Mountains Nearby
  • Fantastic Views
  • Forests

If you want to escape the popular tourist trails,  the lake-free valley of Great Langdale is a welcome retreat. There are excellent cycle routes nearby which makes the farm a popular stopping point for mountian bikers. If it rains, you can take the kids to The World of Beatrix Potter in Bowness-on-Windermere.

Local Attractions

Muncaster Castle

Built in the 13th century, Muncaster Castle is a popular attraction for history lovers. Thought to be built on Roman ruins, the castle is currently owned by the Pennington family who has a history of living in the area since at least 1026. One of the must-see attractions while visiting the castle is The Hawk & Owl Centre. It is run by the Hawk Conservancy Trust who are committed to birdlife conservation. 

Ingleton Waterfalls Trail

The Ingleton Waterfalls Trail takes you on a beautiful walk alongside two rivers which offer views of spectacular waterfalls. The walk is unsuitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs as it includes climbing several steps along the way.

Blackpool Pleasure Beach

The world famous  Blackpool Pleasure Beach offers fun for all the family. The park is Britain's biggest tourist attraction which includes rides for children and adults. The kids will love visiting Nickelodeon Land while adults can enjoy the visually spectacular Hot Ice shows.

Pennine Way National Trail

The Pennine Way is a National Trail which is steeped in history. You can walk 268 miles through some of the best walking landscapes in England. The trail stretches from Kirk Yetholm in the Scottish Borders to Edale in Derbyshire.  The Pennine Way was the first National Trail, opened on 24th April 1965 and remains one of the most popular walking trails in the UK.

Lakeside & Haverthwaite Steam Railway

You can travel back in time by experiencing the Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway. The train will take you from Haverthwaite Station to enjoy views up towards the southern tip of Lake Windermere. A popular choice is to combine the journey with a trip on the Windermere Steamer to Bowness or Ambleside. You can also pay a visit to The Lakes Aquarium as part of your journey.

Family Days Out Lake District

Family Days Out

The World of Beatrix Potter 

One of the most popular family attractions in the Lake District is The World of Beatrix Potter. The attraction is a self-guided tour through magical gardens and exhibitions featuring Peter Rabbit and his friends. During the summer months, you can enjoy a theatre show  ‘Where is Peter Rabbit?’ which can include food options and a Peter Rabbit appearance.

Chester Zoo 

Chester Zoo includes daily animal talks where experts will provide information and facts about some of the fascinating animals who live in the zoo. The kids will love the recently opened Penguin Island. Another new area in development is the Madagascan forest. Popular attractions include the Rothschild's Giraffe, the Two-toed Sloth, Asian Elephants and the Sunda Gharial.

Windermere Lake Cruises

The Windermere Lake Cruises is the most popular attraction in Cumbria. The tours are available from 45 minutes to 3 hours. You can start the cruise from multiple locations including Bowness, Ambleside or Lakeside.  The Windermere Lake Cruises offer the perfect way to relax and enjoy the beautiful Lake District surroundings.

Go Ape Grizedale

Go Ape Grizedale offer exciting activities for children and adults to enjoy. If you are a thrill seeker, you can experience tree top adventures and zip trekking. Zip trekking includes an off-road ride up to the zip wires which cover a combined distance of 3km.

Eating Out

Steam Bistro

This small bistro restaurant is found in the heart of the English Lake District. Enjoy locally sourced produce in a relaxed ambience.

Romano Pizzeria

Enjoy handmade authentic Italian pizza using the finest ingredients. 

Copper Pot Cafe

Enjoy coffee, music and great food in the heart of the Lake District.

Monkey tree

Enjoy award-winning Mediterranean dining in Wigton Cumbria with Tapas on selected nights. 

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