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 to the hills 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 - as we know there is nothing nicer than relaxing around a roaring fire underneath the stars after a busy day out on the fells!

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. You must be checked in by 7pm (1900hrs). Contact us if you cannot make this time to discuss.

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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 61 reviews


Kestrel Lodge Camping

Great facilities. Simple. Lovely quiet, spacious, not too many pitches. Perfectly placed fir surrounding walks. Lovely view over the lake. Great little ‘essentials’ shop. I earnestly recommend!

A perfect Lake District experience

We have just returned from 6 nights at Kestrel Lodge and we didn't want to come home! A lovely quiet site with stunning views of the Skiddaw range and Bassenthwaite Lake. Superb walks from the campsite including Skiddaw and many Wainwrights. Louise was very attentive and her local knowledge made every day of our holiday perfect. Clean, hot showers and a brilliant honesty shop for basics. For families who like to be in nature- walking, cycling, swimming, paddleboarding and kayaking- we couldn't recommend it highly enough.
Jul 29, 2021 by Gemma

Great campsite, beautiful area.

Friendly welcome and organised check in for this wonderful campsite. The site is set in a quiet corner of the lakes with great access to the Cumbria way and many hill walks from the tent. Walkable to local pub and the lake for a swim. We booked a 6 night stay with our 2 dogs. Owners were friendly and helpful with advice and walking tips. We tucked ourselves out of the way but the peace and quiet throughout the site was great for relaxing and taking in the views and birdsong. Fire pits for each pitch and a well stocked honesty box shop were bonuses. Would love to return again. Highly recommended. Laura, Jamie, jake & flo
Jul 19, 2021 by Laura Elvin Verified Review

Perfect Hidden Valley

Cracking views, nice quiet friendly site with a fire pit included, walking access to a pub, Cumbria way and close to lots of tourist sites. The only thing I'd improve is the tone of the confirmation email. The covid toilet booking details are best described on-site and the burning site sold logs only policy is fine but it didn't need the justification in the email. Other than that it's hard to think of anywhere more perfect, we will be back.

A beautiful, hidden gem with loads of great local walks you can do from your tent

A lovely quiet campsite, nestled amongst the hills and a stones throw away from Bassenthwaite Village which has a great pub. We didn't realise how many great walks we could do from our tent, we'll be back soon as we weren't able to do all the walks we wanted to do!
Jun 27, 2021 by Sarah Buck Verified Review
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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.