Herdy Campervans

UK England North West England Cumbria Kendal

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Modern VW campervans brought to you by an iconic Lake District brand

Anyone who’s popped into a shop in the Lake District or enjoyed a cup of tea in a Cumbrian café will probably recognise the Herdy sheep logo. Created in 2007, Herdy began selling coffee mugs in order to support upland fell farming and rural communities in the local area. Roll on over a decade and they’ve burgeoned into an iconic British brand, found in over 400 retailers around the UK and with an award-winning charitable fund. Since 2020, this distinctly Lake District brand has also teamed up with camping aficionados Martyn and Sara Merckel to offer Herdy Campervans: Fun-filled VWs that allow you to enjoy the classic Lake District countryside whilst also giving something back.

Sara and Martyn have heaps of experience in the camping sector, having run one of the Lake District’s most successful campsites for years and hosted the popular Eskdale Dub Fest for like-minded VW campervan enthusiasts. Today their knowledge of the area and all things camping is brought to Herdy Campervans, which is run from the couple’s home near Kendal, making it ideal for those wanting to explore both the Lakes and the Yorkshire Dales.

Herdy Campervans has three top-of-the-range VWs, each sleeping up to four people, with bespoke interiors and distinctive Herdy paintwork on the outside. The campervans are available to pick-up and drop off on Fridays and Mondays only, meaning you can enjoy a full week away, a mid-week break or a long weekend (seven-day minimum hire during school summer holidays). Two of the campervans have a manual gearbox, while the third is fully automatic. Expect power steering, a DAB digital radio and media navigation system, climatic air conditioning, thermostatically controlled heating, USB charging, LED lighting, a sink, hob, a fridge and freezer and all the basic camping equipment needed for a fun family holiday. And, as this is the Lake District, the Herdy Campervans are fully kitted out for outdoor adventure – think solar panels on the roof and a sturdy rack for your mountain bikes.

If you want to explore the North West, a Herdy Campervan is the campervan designed with the region in mind. And you’ll even get to sip your tea from one of the mugs that started the whole thing off!


Three modern VW campervans with bespoke Herdy interiors and paintwork. The campervans can sleep up to four people and pets are not permitted. Two are manual, while the third is fully automatic.

Herdy Campervan VW T6 manual

Campervan Seats 4 Sleeps 4
Designed by Herdy, our bespoke, high specification, manual vans sleep a maximum of four people and include lots of optional extras chosen for comfy camping

Herdy Campervan VW T6 manual

Campervan Seats 4 Sleeps 4
Designed by Herdy, our bespoke, high specification, manual vans sleep a maximum of four people and include lots of optional extras chosen for comfy camping

Herdy Campervan VW T6 automatic

Campervan Seats 4 Sleeps 4
Designed by Herdy, our bespoke, high specification, automatic van sleeps a maximum of four people and includes lots of optional extras chosen for comfy camping.

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The Owner Says

Herdy Campervans has been created in collaboration with the Lake District-based Herdy brand in 2020 to offer fun-filled holidays and a unique camping experience. Local couple, Martyn and Sara, who have heaps of experience in the camping sector, run Herdy Campervans from their home near Kendal, making them ideally located for exploring the stunning Lakes scenery or the rolling Yorkshire Dales. The three top-of-the-range, bespoke campervans are equally well suited to wild camping trips to the highlands of Scotland, or adventures around Europe. The iconic VW van sleeps up to 4 people, so why not book your Herdy adventure today and enjoy 'miles of smiles' with your friends and family?

Social Distancing Measures

If you're thinking of planning a much-welcomed getaway, please be assured that we'll do our best to follow government guidelines and provide you with a COVID Secure experience.

Given the current climate of uncertainty, we are happy to confirm that any bookings cancelled due to COVID-19, can be refunded in full or moved to alternative dates.

We strongly advise that you plan your Herdy Campervan adventure as far in advance as possible. Given the current challenges facing campsites, and increased demand for ‘staycations’, touring pitches are often in limited supply and many campsites require you to pre-book your pitch. Remember, wild camping is only an option if travelling to Scotland and is illegal in England and Wales.


Contact Herdy Campervans, Townend Cottage, Farleton, Carnforth, Cumbria LA6 1PB

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Pick up

Pick up from Farleton (Cumbria LA6 1PB), one mile from Junction 36 on the M6 motorway. There is parking for your own vehicle at Herdy Campervans Headquarters while you head off on your campervan adventure.


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Rated ★★★★★ over 5 reviews


Amazing experience - don’t hesitate to book!

I’ve wanted a campervan for nearly 20 years! And various things have always got in the way. Hiring a camper seemed a sensible first step, and we couldn’t have wished for a better first time experience. Martyn and Sara were helpful and practical and the van we hired was an absolute dream - it’s been adapted to be super user friendly and fun and really easy to drive. Martyn gave us super helpful practical advice about camp sites, routes (don’t go over Hardknott Pass!) and restaurants and we felt like any stress had been taken out if the experience (as far as possible - can’t do anything about the weather!) We’ve already recommended Herdy to friends and family and would absolutely go to Herdy again - many thanks!
Sep 28, 2021 by david fong Verified Review

Spotless and fully equipped, ready for adventures

Absolutely brilliant holiday in this camper van. It was spotless on collection, every detail of how to use every gadget and button in the van explained to us. Friendly, patient, helpful lovely owners. Everything you could possibly need has been thought of and included with the van. Will definitely be hiring again from Herdy camper vans.
Jul 31, 2021 by Sarah Nelson Verified Review

Love the herdy van!

We hired a van for a long weekend in the Lake District, it was brilliant. Easy to drive, great handover with the owner who explained how everything worked. The van is fully equipped with everything you need, fridge, small freezer, cooking stove / equipment and a mini BBQ! No need to hook up to electric or water at a campsite. So handy going out for the day and having all of your stuff with you to change depending on activity! Will definitely hire again.

Amazing, spacious, easy driving

We booked Herdy on a whim once Boris announced we could self cater holiday from 12th April. The communication from the Herdy team was excellent from the start, even with some of our silly questions! Collection of the van was smooth and after a quick but thorough walk through of the features we were on our way. Both myself and my partner drive small cars so were initially worried about how we'd manage such a large vehicle but these were unfounded. The van is incredibly easy and smooth to drive, even up horrendous country roads! We are not the smallest pair and yet there was still plenty of room inside the van. We tended to put the roof up whenever we stopped as it just gave us so much more headroom when trying to get changed or cook! Our favourite thing about the van was that we didn't have to faff about sorting the gas, water and electricity wherever we went. All 3 travel and store in the van and turning them on is a simple switch flick. This meant we could stop for tea with a beautiful view very easily! One of our 'pleasent surprises' with the van was the fuel economy. We took it up into the lake district and thought we'd be paying an absolute fortune in fuel but managed our whole trip (350 miles!) on less than a full tank of fuel which was wonderful and made the trip cheaper than we'd anticipated. All in all, I'd thoroughly recommend to anyone!

Fantastic fun

The Herdy campervan is a wonderful thing! The van itself is beautifully equipped with everything you need for your holiday, is toasty and warm at night and suitable for camping with and without electric hook up. It's really comfortable to drive and has great fuel efficiency. Amazing support and service from the owners. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Herdy Campervans
Oct 24, 2020 by Vicki Smith Verified Review

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