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.

Details

Facilities

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.

Nearby

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.

Open

All year.

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The Owner Says

We are a certificated site through The Freedom Camping Club.  We are able to offer pitches for 10 tents and 5 caravans, each pitch is fully serviced with both water and electric.

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 restaraunts, play areas, banks and local traders. 

We hope to offer our visitors a relaxed and friendly atmosphere where you can enjoy the sceneray and some quality time with your loved ones.  We will be offering a breakfast service and activities for children.

We also have three camping pods available for those that want a little more comfort.  Bedding and towels can be provided if requested.  We also offer our guests the opportunity to holiday with their horses in the near future.

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.

Accommodation

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.

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Location

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 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.

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