Camping at Cardewlees

UK England North West England Cumbria Carlisle

  • 10+ metres between camping pitches
  • Contactless check in
  • Extra toilets/showers
  • Deep cleaning of shared facilities
  • Deep clean between glamping guests
  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Good walks nearby
A welcoming, family-run farm campsite between the Lake District and Hadrian's Wall

Walkers, couples, groups, kids, dogs, tents, campervans, motorhomes and glampers: all are welcome at Cardewlees Farm. It’s the sort of campsite guest list you’d expect at a huge holiday park with a rulebook as long as your arm. But Cardewlees is quite the opposite; a small live-and-let-live campsite where respect keeps things running smoothly. There’s respect for your camping neighbours; respect for the ponies, sheep and cows in the surrounding fields and respect for the idyllic rural location between the northern Lake District and the Scottish Border. Most of all though, there’s respect for the welcoming Glaister family who have decided to share a little piece of all this with us lucky campers.

There’s no formal campsite reception but, as you pass the house and farmyard, someone will come out to welcome you. More often than not it’s Becki, with between one and four children and a dog or two in tow. If not, it’ll be her husband Johnny or his dad, Billy who are just as happy herding cattle as campers. They’ll tell you what’s what and point you towards the camping meadows – one for pod campers and one for tents and tourers; both with views of Cumbrian countryside overlooked by distant fells.

There are three simple camping pods, five hard-standing caravan pitches and 10 undesignated pitches for tents. Facilities are simple and shared but there’s electric hook-up for everyone and campfires are allowed. In fact, if you see Becki striding towards you as you throw another log on the fire, she’s more likely to be on her way to join you for a drink by the fireside than to tell you to douse the flames.

When you’re relaxing on site, gazing at stars or the surrounding countryside, it’s hard to believe how incredibly well-connected by road and rail this place is. It’s just five miles outside Carlisle: easy to get to and to explore from. The Lake District is a half hour drive south and Hadrian’s Wall, the Scottish border and the west coast are the same distance in other directions. With something exciting to explore at the end of every compass point, along with the site’s ‘everyone’s welcome’ policy, this place is a bit of an all rounder. Glampers with a lust for luxury will want to look elsewhere but couples with caravans, walkers with backpacks and families with kids will all enjoy the farm setting. And it’s a great spot for people who want to explore the Lakes without the high prices and the hustle and bustle of some of the larger sites in the national park at night. No single campsite can suit all campers all of the time, but this one is certainly giving it a good go.



There’s an outdoor washing-up sink, five toilets, one with disabled access and baby changing facilities, and two showers for tourers and tents with an extra block of two toilets and another shower for the pods. The pods also have access to a kitchen lean-to with a communal fridge, oven, microwave and washing-up sink. Camping and caravan pitches all have electric hook up available. The caravan bays are all on hardstanding with chemical waste disposal and grey water waste disposal available. Camping pods have electric sockets, a sink with hot and cold water, lights, blinds and decking as well as a little fenced garden area so dogs can run free.

Suitable For

Everyone! Campers, glampers, campervans, caravans, motorhomes, dogs, groups – yes.


The campsite is situated on the edge of Dalston village in the middle of Cumbrian countryside and is perfect for walking, cycling and exploring. It’s not far off the last section of long-distance route, the Cumbria Way. It’s also just 10 miles (about a 30-minute drive) from the northern edge of the Lake District National Park with all its walking, climbing, fell running and wild swimming opportunities. Skiddaw is one of the closest peaks to summit and Bassenthwaite and Ullswater are the closest lakes. Cardewlees is also just five miles outside of Carlisle. The city is home to the combined Carlisle Castle and the Cumbria Museum of Military Life as well as Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery (01228 618718). For more history – head to Vindolanda Fort and Roman Army Museum (01434 344277), just south of Hadrian’s Wall and about 25 miles from site. Closer, and likely to be a hit with younger kids, is Walby Farm Park (nine miles from site; 01228 573056) an all-weather attraction with animals, rides and play equipment. The long sandy beach at Allonby and the seaside town of Silloth are less than 20 miles away.

Food & Drink

The closest pub is The Blue Bell in Dalston village, just a mile and a half away, and there’s another at the other end of the village, The Bridge End Inn (01228 710161). For cakes and lunches, the Country Kitchen Cafe (01228 711431), also in the village, is recommended and there’s an Indian restaurant, The Mango Tree (01228 710333) and a chip shop for takeaways. To stock up for a barbecue on site, try the nearby Cranstons butchers. Cyclists might like to visit the Woodside Welcome Cycle Café (01228 710764) which is on a couple of national cycle routes.


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The Owner Says

We are licenced through Carlisle City Council  and are able to offer pitches for fifteen touring stances.  Five of this are fully serviced on hard standing suitable for caravans, motorhomes or trailer tents.  The remainder being grass pitches with electric hook up ideal for tents.

Touring pitches and tent pitches have a female and male toilet along with a disabled access toilet with baby changing facilities.  Guests also have access to two large shower rooms

The pods have shared facilities off a male and female toilet and a shower.

The campsite over looks rolling farm land which is crowned by a view of local fells.

We are perfectly situated for visiting the Lake District  with the North Lakes only being a 30 minute drive away. We are ideally situated for anyone wanting to complete the Cumbria Way, which is one of Britain's most popular long distance footpaths. The surrounding area also boasts a number of beautiful cycle paths.

Local amenities include a swimming pool, garage, Co-Op, number of restaurants, play areas, banks and local traders. 

We hope to offer our visitors a relaxed and friendly atmosphere where you can enjoy the scenery and some quality time with your loved ones.

We also have three camping pods available for those that want a little more comfort. Each pod comes equipped with mattresses, hot and cold running water, a kettle, a toaster, a microwave and a small fridge freezer.

What makes our pods special is the outside space.  Each pod has it's own large garden area, fully enclosed to ensure that children and dogs can play safely whilst you enjoy the view on the decking.

Social Distancing Measures

We are taking every measure to ensure your stay is as enjoyable and safe as possible. Measures we've put in place are:

Contactless Check-In - All payments are made before arrival and a member of Camping at Cardewlees will be on hand to direct you to your pitch.
Social Distancing - Our pitches are distanced to appropriate levels so you're able to enjoy your stay worry-free.
Masks - We ask all of our guests to wear masks and keep to current social distancing guidelines in communal areas.
Cleaning - We will regularly clean the communal areas to ensure hygiene standards are kept to a high standard.

Please remember to stick to current guidelines and wash your hands regularly. We want to keep you and the rest of our guests safe.


Ten tent pitches, five caravan pitches and three camping pods.

Carrock View

Pod Sleeps 2
Fully insulated camping pod complete with one double futon.

High Pike View

Pod Sleeps 3
Fully insulated camping pod complete with one double and one single futon.

Skiddaw View

Pod Sleeps 2
Fully insulated camping pod complete with one double futon.

Caravan Bays

All-weather with electricity Sleeps 6 5 Available
Fully services gravel and grass touring pitches.

Electric hook up grass camping pitches

Grass pitch with electricity Sleeps 8 10 Available
No pre-determined pitches, we like to give you the flexibility to choose - 1 pitch per 1 tent

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Contact Camping at Cardewlees, Cardewlees Farm, Dalston, Carlisle, Cumbria CA5 6LE

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Getting There

From Carlisle, head towards Thursby and Cockermouth on the A595. Stay on the road for about five miles until the Orton Grange Roundabout. Turn left and soon after Dobbies Garden Centre you reach a crossroads. Cardewelees Farm and the campsite is up the tarmac driveway straight ahead.

The post code isn't always reliable for sat nav, we recommend using google maps to find the site. 

The closest railway station is in Dalston and just a mile from site. It’s possible to walk but if you ring ahead, Becki may be able to pick you up. Alternatively, you can take a taxi from Carlisle (where you’ll likely have to change trains anyway) for about £15 or a bus. The closest bus stop is at Dobbies Garden Centre – opposite the farm entrance (a few hundred yards from site) on the Carlisle-Silloth route.

Again timetables can be obtained by joining our group


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Rated ★★★★★ over 5 reviews


Great campsite with amazing views.

The pod we stayed in was just what we needed - equipped with electric kettle and microwave. The views are amazing, and the owners are very helpful and friendly. Would definitely go back if we didn't live so far away.
Aug 24, 2021 by MARTIN BONE Verified Review


The site is lovely and didn’t feel as crowded as others we stayed at. The camper pitches had their own water taps which was good. I would stay here again
Aug 16, 2021 by Katie Gray Verified Review

Response from Camping at Cardewlees

Thank you so much for your kind words.  I love that you felt you had space, that is exactly what we wanted to achieve.  Have a great summer ♥

A small, quiet, and peaceful site.

A small, quiet, and peaceful site; showers, toilets etc were clean and well maintained. If you had any issues, you just phoned the owners who came down and sorted the issue immediately. The site has fire pits, freezer bags etc to hire at very reasonable prices – shops and pubs etc within 1 ½ miles of site. There is also a Dobies Garden Centre with a Sainsburys food shop within half a mile of the site which opens to 2000hrs (not sure about Sundays closing time). The campsite is a working farm and attracts wildlife – there was numerous farm animals to photography, but the highlight was when a Sparrowhawk landed within a few feet of our tent. We used it as a base for visiting the Lakes, Hadrian’s wall etc. All were within an hour’s drive (most less than this) of the site. Would definitely recommended this site and intend to use it again next year.

Lovely open views and peaceful surroundings

The family who run the campsite are very friendly and welcoming. Becki is very good at sending messages on arrival day with information and how to get in contact with her if needed. Ideal location if you are stopping off on the way/or back to Scotland as close to the motorway or if you wish to visit the lakes you can be there in the car in 20 minutes.

Relaxed and lovely little spot near Hadrian's Wall and Lake District

I hate the cold and the risk of using gas, so I'm always appreciative of a campsite with electric points, but it's still nice to feel you are out in a field somewhere. This site manages to get the balance right, and the family are lovely - great communication throughout. The site is on a farm, but it's easy to bring your supplies by car directly to the pitch. The site is also very flat and in good condition, and it's in a quiet location. We camped in order to do Scafell Pike, which is just over an hour a way, but you could get to other points in the Lakes in less time than that. You are also nearly on the western section of Hadrian's Wall, and there's enough to do in Carlisle if the weather is bad (Dalston is lovely too if the sun is out - nice park and walks). There's a Spar and Co-op less than 5 minutes away, and there are some bigger stores in Carlisle if you need them. Other campers when we stayed were considerate - nice mix of families and adult-only groups.

Why book with Cool Camping?

  • Best Price Guarantee, with no fees
  • Instant booking confirmation
  • Trusted for over 10 years
  • A chance to win prizes in our regular competitions

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