Baystone Bank Farm Campsite

UK England North West England Cumbria

Baystone Bank Farm Campsite, Whicham, Millom, Cumbria LA18 5LY
Lake District camping on a working farm with a stream to splash in, campfires encouraged and a horse-riding centre on the doorstep so you can tour the local scenery in style.

Baystone Bank Farm has the feel of farm from time gone by. In the south-west of the Lake District, at the foot of White Combe mountain, it’s setting is as English as they come. Traditional Swaledale sheep dot the surrounding slopes and a mighty Shire horse grazes in the neighbouring field, as if an old horse-drawn plough has just been unshackled. This is ‘rural’ defined.

Baystone Bank Farm Campsite, however, is anything but dated. Helmed by hardworking manager Shaun, who’s as knowledgeable as he is helpful and always on hand with more logs for your campfire, this working farm campsite has everything you could possibly want for.

Through the centre of the site runs a small and very paddle-able stream, its waters funnelled down from White Combe and Black Combe, the hulking mountains that rise north of the campsite. Across the stream a collection of non-electric grass pitches are perfect for tent campers, while, on the nearer side, more grass pitches are joined by slate grey hard-standings for campervans or caravans. In total, the campsite still remains a small and peaceful affair, with space for kids to run free and build dams in the stream, while parents enjoy the tranquillity of pitching on one the Lake District's smaller, lesser known campsites.

Those who want the location but without the camping are also catered for. There’s a handful of pre-pitched bell tents, decked out with proper beds and soft furnishings, and a custom-built, timber roundhouse set on the campsites raised terrace area. There’s also a separate orchard, through a gate at the end of the site, which has been specifically set aside for groups of campers, who want to book together and have a space all to themselves.

The campsite is just one of many feathers in Baystone Bank’s hat. Along with continuing to farm Swaledale and Blackfaced sheep on the surrounding fells, it is also home to the Cumbrian Heavy Horses Riding Centre, where you can saddle up on the largest of horse breeds, including shire horses and Clydesdales. There are steeds for all sizes though, and all levels of ability, so campers are welcome to saddle up and head out on one of their guided hacks.

Those who prefer two feet to four need no telling that the walking here is excellent. Several footpaths run right through the farm’s own land and trekking up to the top of White Combe and along the ridge to Black Combe is a must. Standing in isolation as the ridge does, it offers excellent all-round views, of the Irish Sea to the west and across the crinkling mountains of the rest of the national park to the east. In the distance below, the likes of Muncaster Castle, the Esk estuary and the North Walney National Nature Reserve all offer just a glimpse of the many other attractions on the doorstep.

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The Owner Says

Baystone Bank Farm Campsite is a small family campsite situated at the foot of Black and White Combe in the picturesque Whicham Valley within the South Western borders of the Lake District National Park.

Whether relaxing with your family, having a base for activities, having a romantic break, walking the miles of footpaths starting right here or simply exploring this beautiful and unspoilt part of Cumbria we offer a fabulous location for your holiday!

With miles of pristine beaches just 5 minutes away this area offers a multitude of things to do, from simply getting out into the countryside, castles with huge gardens to explore, joining us here for a ride out with the UK's only British Horse Society Approved Heavy Horse Riding Centre 'Cumbrian Heavy Horses', or simply relax on site, listen to the burbling stream which runs through the site, get the BBQ going, and enjoy the tranquillity!

Be it camping, glamping in the bell tents or booking to stay in our own unique 'The Roundhouse accommodation, or a stay with your motor home or caravan we can cater for your requirements! We have a special area, 'The Orchard' for private bookings, which is fenced separately and is secure - ideal for groups.

We have toilet and shower facilities, washing facilities, a small shop and fire pits / a BBQ available on request. Dogs are welcome as long as they are kept on leads due to the farms horses and other animals.

Also on site is world renowned Cumbrian Heavy Horses, a unique riding centre in that they use the magnificent Shire, Clydesdale and other pure heavy horse breeds for riding...with rides to suit all abilities this can be a fabulous addition to your holiday!

Baystone Bank Farm is also a working fell farm, we have Swaledale and Scottish Blackface sheep, chickens, cats and dogs as part of our family! Local stores, traditional pubs and restaurants are situated within a ten minute drive of the farm.

We hope you will enjoy your visit and come back to join us in future!

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★★★★★

Beautiful location and great welcome

Jun 17, 2018 by Julie Price

Just had a lovely weekend at Baystone Bank Farm Campsite. We were in a bell tent, which was fabulous. All facilities very clean. Staff on site were lovely and really friendly and helpful. Fire pit a bonus. Great views and lovely stream for kids to play in, and the horses in the fields around the site very impressive to see. Will definitely be returning, thanks for a great visit👍

★★★★★

Perfect Peaceful Glamping

Jun 17, 2018 by Emily

My boyfriend and I had a lovely weekend retreat at Baystone Bank Farm. The campsite is located in a truly beautiful spot with magnificent views, and is incredibly peaceful, the only noise coming from the stream that runs through it. It is a convenient location, with many walks right on the doorstep, but also a short drive from the coast and a supermarket in Millom. We stayed in one of the bell tents, which was wonderfully furnished and incredibly comfortable. Everything we could have needed was provided. Shaun, the campsite warden, was very accommodating and friendly and ensured we had everything we required- and despite us forgetting bedding, was very kind and helped provide us with some for the duration of our stay. Shaun is certainly an asset to the campsite going above and beyond to ensure guests are happy! Being able to purchase firewood and firelighters on site was very useful. The toilet and shower facilities are basic but clean and comfortably close to the campsite, and this was fairly reflected in the price of our stay. The bell tents also have no electricity access, but we did not find this a problem as battery operated lighting was provided, and if anything this added to the tranquility of our stay. We would recommend a stay here to anyone and will certainly be returning for a longer break in future!

★★★★★

Idyllic

Jun 14, 2018 by Denise

Last weekend was our third weekend in a row at this spectacular site! We love it so much, especially the campfires and the stream. It is so peaceful and the views are spectacular. The facilities are kept immaculate. Hand wash and paper towels are really appreciated. They are regularly replenished and the whole area kept very clean. Shaun and Teddy certainly have the best job in the world! We hope to return as often as possible. Thank you again.

★★★★★

Perfect

Jun 13, 2018 by Paul Hunter

Amazing site in a beautiful setting. Awesome facilities, friendly guests and perfect hosts. Can't recommend highly enough and looking forward to returning. Many times 👌

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