Electric hook up grass camping pitches

UK England North West England Cumbria Carlisle Camping at Cardewlees

  • Sleeps 8 (max 8 adults, 5 children)
  • Barbecue
  • Electricity
  • Dogs Allowed
No pre-determined pitches, we like to give you the flexibility to choose - 1 pitch per 1 tent

The Owner Says

Consisting of five double electric hook up points following the vertical fence line.  We have extrension cables available free of charge to ensure you can choose where you want to camp.  Feel free to build your own little village with your friends. 

About Camping at Cardewlees

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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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.


Camping at Cardewlees is located at 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.