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The Best Campsites in The Lake District

One of the finest landscapes in the UK, the Lake District makes for amazingly located campsites and there’s a wide range of camping options. So whether you’re backpacking through the hills with lightweight tents or looking for an electric hook-up for your campervan, there'll be a campsite in the Lake District to suit your needs. Amid this national park, you’ll find luxury glamping in yurts and tipis, traditional family campsites settled in lush green valleys and more low-key camping destinations with few facilities and remote locations. To narrow things down, we've created a refined collection of glamping sites in the Lake District as well as our more expansive collection of all good campsites available below. Browse them all right here on the Cool Camping website and book you next holiday today.

Tent Camping in the Lake District

It's not unusual to think of the Lake District as the spiritual home of camping in the UK. For centuries, the Lakes have been the destination of choice for campers and leisure seekers with a love of the great outdoors and long before new-fangled campervans were on the roads and people talked of "glamping", it was good-old fashioned canvas tents that were popping up in Cumbria. Today, when it comes to camping in the Lake District, for most people it is still about this traditional way of doing things. Hikers with light-weight gear can pitch their tent in one campsite before trekking to the next, while families with larger tents will often set-up base camp at one campsite for a long weekend and venture out from there. Whatever your preference, there are heaps of fantastic campsites for tent camping in the Lake District, many with tent-only policies. Here at Cool Camping, we always aim to avoid large holiday parks and big commercial campsites, so if you're looking for a small, independent, tent-friendly campsite you've come to the right place. Whether it's pitching an expedition tent in the shadow of a mighty mountain or erecting a tunnel tent on the shore of a lake, we're sure to know a campsite that will suit your needs. Browse our recommended locations below and use filters like "tent pitches" and "waterside camping" to refine your search and find the perfect destination for you.

Glamping in the Lake District

Don't own your own camping gear? Or simply fancy a little more luxury when you visit the Lake District? Along with our regular camping recommendations, there's also a fistful of glamping options in the Lake District, ranging from simple summer bell tents and tipis, to full family-sized safari tents and year-round glamping options such as shepherd's huts and insulated glamping pods. There are all sorts of accommodation type out there – you can even take a tour of the Lake District in a horse-drawn gypsy caravan, stopping off at a different camping location each night! To find the glamping location that's right for you, check out our options below and use the various filters to refine your search further.

Waterside Camping in the Lake District

Home to the highest peak in England (Scafell Pike) and the largest natural lake (Windermere), the Lake District National Park is a place awash with natural wonders. And, while many flock here for the excellent hiking and challenging mountainous terrain, it is often the waterbodies that make for some of the most scenic camping settings. After a long day shlepping along the footpaths, nothing beats the tranquility of pitching your tent beside a lake or river and enjoying the serenity and calm of the water. Unsurprisingly, then waterside campsites are hugely popular in the Lake District and farmers and campsites are often quick to set aside the best of their waterside meadows for lucky campers to enjoy. And that's where we at Cool Camping come in. We've been high and low in the Lake District visiting campsites and bringing all of our favourites together in one handy place. You can find all of our recommended campsites here and use filters like "waterside" to narrow the locations down to the ones that are right for you. So whether you fancy lakeside lazing or riverside rambling, we'll know a campsite that's right for you.

Top Things to Do When Camping in the Lake District

– Climb one of England's highest peaks.
– Catch the old steamer across Ullswater.
– Enjoy afternoon tea in a Cumbrian village, Beatrix Potter style.
– Rent a canoe or rowing boat and enjoy the lakes under your own steam.
– Visit Wordsworth's old house in Grasmere.
– Get inside the mountains at Honister Slate Mine.

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