Grass Tent Camping Pitch

UK England North West England Cumbria Bassenthwaite Kestrel Lodge Camping

  • Sleeps 6 (max 6 adults, 5 children)
Spacious, grass pitches enjoy great vistas across the adjacent fields to where the hills rise and fall. Kestrel Lodge's policy is 'pitch where you like, leaving as much space between others.' The site also boasts hot showers, WiFi, and allows campfires.

The Owner Says

Campsite facilities include:

• Reception with the basics

• WiFi available

• Modern toilet and shower block with plenty of hot water (no extra charges)

• Hair dryer – coin operated

• Covered washing up sinks

• Spray station for muddy boots, muddy dogs, muddy bikes and muddy kids!

• Covered area with tables and picnic benches to cook under when the weather gets a bit... lakeland

• Large communal fire pit

• Campfire pits – some are dug into the ground and available with your pitch, on a first come first served basis, some are mobile.

• Ice pack freezing

• Washing machine

• Parking places with each tent

• Well drained pitches

The campsite have a 1 pitch = 1 tent rule, if you wish to bring another tent you have to pay for another pitch

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About Kestrel Lodge Camping

Suitable For

Tents, dogs, families – yes. Campervans, caravans, stag and hen parties – no. Larger groups and single sex groups should contact to discuss requirements.


Skiddaw looms on the horizon and therefore gets all the glory but there are nine other mighty mountains that can be tackled from the campsite. It's around 5 miles to the summit of Great Cockup, a 7 mile walk up Binsey or take on the strenuous 11 mile loop that takes in Bakestall, Carlside, Longside, Ullock Pike and Skiddaw itself. Louise and Andrea can help you plan the route if needed. It's 6 miles to Keswick and 7 to Cockermouth, both full of excellent eateries, shops and museums that all prove there's more to the Lakes than just walking and cycling. Derwent Pencil Museum (017687 73626) in Keswick, Honister Slate Mine (017687 77230) and Wordsworth House and Gardens (01900 824805) are all good examples.

Food & Drink

There's a great pub in Bassenthwaite village, The Sun Inn (017687 76439), serving comforting pub food and with real ales on tap. It's a pleasant 20-minute or so walk (around a mile).

Family Friendly

At the end of a good days walk from this campsite, you'll find yourself washing mud off your boots, mud off the dog and mud off the kids. All the hallmarks of a good day out in the Lakes. And a sign that this live-and-let-live campsite is well prepared for family campers.

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Rated ★★★★★ over 48 reviews


Nice well maintained campsite

Kestrel lodge is a nice well maintained campsite, in a nice “out of the way” location. The family who own the place are really nice and go out of their way to help you. The toilets are clean and tidy. This place is very COVID secure, there are sanitiser near the public areas. There are only three toilet/shower rooms; one wet room (disable access), one with two toilets and two showers, and the other with two toilets and one shower. I can imagine it might be difficult during peak times, luckily they do have a nifty process in place so your whole “bubble” can go in one of the rooms at the same time, which will make things less congested. It was quiet when we went so can not comment fully on how busy it can get. There is a shop, although to minimise risk they are using an honesty box, and they sell the necessities; wood, milk, drinks, water etc. Overall I felt at ease and not worried about COVID. I highly recommend this place if you are in the north lakes. If you are wanting to climb the mountains you are spoilt for choice, or if you want to visit towns such as Bowness, Ambleside, and Keswick they really close by. Side note: if you do stay here make sure you visit the Sun inn in the village bassenthwaite; there is great food, beers, and COVID secure (make sure you book in advance).
Oct 1, 2020 by Harry

Beautiful campsite in a great location

The friendliest staff, cleanest modern toilets and an amazing location. A nice quiet site with easy access to hike skiddaw, and stop at the pub on the way back
Sep 24, 2020 by Ben Stoppani Verified Review

Ideal location, quiet camp with helpful staff

Couldn’t fault kestrel lodge at all, very helpful staff with a great set up. Quiet campsite in an ideal location. The local pub is great too!
Sep 21, 2020 by Faye

Peaceful and very friendly

Very helpful and friendly hosts. Good spacings and firepits are a great idea but did not use ours. Showers were spotless and loads of hot water. Covid had meant that drying room was not available and we had a couple of damp days but hosts were great about helping us find spots to air our kit. Access road looked daunting at first with fully loaded motorbikes and tired and hungry but was actually fine the next day. Would happily book again

A fantastic friendly site

Everything was fantastic at Kestrel Lodge - warm, clean showers, great facilities and very friendly people. The pitches are very well spaced out so you have your own firepit, and it was a nice quiet stay. Hiking trails directly from the site are super easy - through a gate and you're on the Cumbria Way. Great information and easy to find, would definitely stay again. The only negative was that I bought some wood from the site as encouraged but the bag I was given was soaking wet already, which meant I spent a few hours trying to get it to catch but it wouldn't go. Other than that everything else was fantastic.
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Kestrel Lodge Camping is located at Kestrel Lodge, Bassenthwaite, Keswick, Cumbria CA12 4QX

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Getting There

From Penrith; head on the A66 west towards Keswick. At the main Keswick roundabout take the 3rd exit, signposted ‘A591 Carlisle’. Stay on this road for approximately 5 miles, passing Dodd Wood, Ravenstone Hostel, and Bassenthwaite Church. Don’t turn off at the ‘Bassenthwaite’ sign, keep going another mile or so until you get to the signpost ‘Bassenfell Manor’. Turn right here and pass Bassenfell Manor (if you get to the Castle Inn you have gone too far). Keep going straight along this road for about 1 and ½ miles. You will see a sign on the left for ‘Kestrel Lodge Camping'. Take the unadopted road on the right for about half a mile until you arrive.

From Carlisle; take the A595 towards Cockermouth until you get to Bothel. At Bothel take a left turn on the A591 towards Bassenthwaite and Keswick. About 5 miles down this road you’ll see the Castle Inn on your right-hand side. Take the 2nd left-hand turn after the Castle Inn at Bassenfell Manor Christian Centre. Keep going straight along this road for approximately 1 and ½ miles, until you see a sign on the right for ‘Kestrel Lodge Camping’. Take the unadopted road on the right for about ½ a mile until you arrive.

From Cockermouth; take the A66 towards Keswick for about 6 miles. Just before you get to Bassenthwaite Lake turn left (B5291) and then first left again to continue on the B5291. Turn left over the Bridge and pass the Herdwick Croft Caravan Park. Stay on the road passing Armathwaite Hall, until you get to a ‘T’ junction at the Castle Inn Hotel. Turn right onto the A591, and then take the 2nd left towards Bassenthwaite. Keep going straight along this road for approximately 1 and ½ miles, until you see a sign on the right for ‘Kestrel Lodge Camping,’ take the non-adopted road for about ½ a mile.

By Bus; there is a regular bus service from Workington to Penrith that passes along the main A591 and stops outside Bassenthwaite church just at the bottom of the village This bus also stops at the main Keswick bus station (Outside Booths). The campsite is approx. 1 mile from the Sun Inn (017687 76439) in the centre of the village. The bus service runs year round and daily exact times can be found here. The nearest train stations are Penrith, Carlisle, and Workington.

By Foot; the site is located on the Cumbrian Way between Peter House Farm and Whitfield Wood. Kestrel Lodge is marked on Ordnance survey Maps, 1 mile from Bassenthwaite village. It can also be found off the footpath from the village, which passes Kestrel Lodge before joining the Cumbrian way.