Fisherground Campsite

UK England North West England Cumbria Eskdale

  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Children’s playground
  • Laundry
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Short walk to pub
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
  • Walking
A children’s paradise in the heart of the Lake District with scenery for the adults and a stunning waterside location for wild swimming (well... paddling).

This is a great site for kids. It ticks all their campsite boxes and probably a few more besides. Campfires are not only allowed, but positively encouraged in selected areas, with bags of logs complete with kindling and firelighters sold onsite each evening.

The first thing that meets you on arrival is the pond, fed by a stream and usually full of children paddling and playing on tyre rafts – it makes a perfect focal point for kids to get to know each other. The playground has everything your young outward-bounder desires in the way of zip wires, climbing frames, tyre rope-swings and adventure courses. And there’s an added extra: the site sits along the route of the Ravenglass and Eskdale steam railway line – an enchanting and atmospheric way to arrive if you’re coming by public transport. So if you’ve walked into the nearby hamlet of Boot and there are some tired little legs as a result, hop on board for a scenic choo-choo trip back to camp.

For the adults, the site is in the heart of the Eskdale valley, a quieter part of the Lake District, far from the busier eastern realms near the M6. It's also a spot that neatly combines access to England's underrated North West coast – a myriad of beaches, marshes and tidal inlets that's exemplified by Ravenglass at the other end of the railway line – and the very highest peaks in the national park. Scafell Pike, the highest mountain in England, is within hiking distance for those who really want a challenge.

Back at camp, there's an evening quiet time and a pleasing, respectful sense of calm come bed time. rugged, bracken-clad fells, woods and grazing sheep provide a splendid backdrop to rest your eyes on when you do eventually find time to relax. Sometimes, putting the feet up can be as important as putting the hiking shoes on.

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Details

Facilities

Unmarked pitches in 2 main areas: a larger field nearest to the children’s playground, and a smaller, quieter field nearest to the toilet/shower block, with wheel rims for campfires. The recently refurbished toilet block has ample hand basins, showers (50p-coin operated), and loos; all clean and well-kept. There is a washing machine, 3 tumbledryers, a boot-dryer and freezer. The kids will be straight into the pond, rain or shine, before you’ve had a chance to even pitch your tent. As well as the playground and pond, there are rocks and trees for climbing on and plenty of space for ball games – there’s a field next door for bigger games. No shop onsite, but you can buy logs, kindling and firelighters. Noise after 10.30pm is not allowed.

Suitable For

Tents, motorhomes, VW-sized campervans, (well-behaved) dogs – yes. Noisy folks – no.

Nearby

Go by steam train to Ravenglass (01229 717171), or make the short trip to Dalegarth. From here you can walk into Boot or up to Stanley Force, following the tumbling beck up to the waterfall. A short walk towards Eskdale Green takes you along the River Esk, where a shallow area by the bridge is a good spot for a quick, if chilly, dip. There are 100's of good walks near to the site – from lower level rambles to Munster Castle (about a 3hr round trip; 01229 717614), to challenging all-day hikes up Scafell Pike, England's highest peak – or bring your bike along. Eskdale Green is the closest village, where there's a small store selling all the food and essentials needed for a camping trip – they even sell waterproofs. The shop is within easy driving distance (5 minute's by car).

Food & Drink

There are options galore in the area for a good meal and a thirst-quenching pint, with four places less than 2 miles away. The Brook House Inn (01946 723288) is closest – just a 10 minute walk away – and features a varied menu (with classics such as beef pie and Cumberland sausage with mash), not to mention 180 whiskies on offer to try! They serve a range of real ales, such as local ale Langdale, Hawkshead Windermere pale and a range of guest beers. Jut a couple of minutes further along is the Boot Inn (01946 723711), a traditional place offering home-cooked food and stunning views. Try their minted lamb Henry or gammon steak. The King George IV Inn (01946 723470) and The Woolpack (01946 723230) are also worthy options. Slightly further afield lie Italian The Wild Olive (01946 725 999) and the Bower House (01946 723 244), a dog-friendly watering hole with a beer garden.

Opening Times

Mid March–early November.

Family Friendly

Marshmallow-toasting? Check. Water? Check. Playgrounds? Check. Trains? Check – all the the things that make camping really cool for kids. And you can even arrive at the site's own station by steam locomotive.

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The Owner Says

Fisherground is set in Eskdale, a spectacular valley on the western side of the Lake District, a quiet and peaceful spot that welcomes families and walkers. We've been voted in the Top 18 of the '50 World Best Campsites' chosen by the Independent Newspaper. We have rafts on the pond, a tree house, zip wire, Tarzan ropes, and an adventure course, all of which helped to place us Top 4 in the 'Children's Enjoyment' sub-category. Pitch up in our peaceful spot and enjoy a relaxing break at our scenic site.

Pitches


Trailer Tent Pitch (No electric hook up)

Grass pitch Sleeps 8 2 Available
NO ELECTRIC HOOK-UP WITH THIS UNIT. PLEASE SELECT ONE OF THE 'EHU' UNITS IF YOU REQUIRE POWER. This for a trailer tent size of 8 x 8 metres, each pitch includes one adult and one car/motorbike. We are one of the few campsites that do allow campfires – don't forget your marshmallows and toasting forks! Sacks of dry logs are available on site.

Grass pitch – EHU (Tents only)

Grass pitch with electricity Sleeps 8 4 Available
This large grass pitch is for a 8-berth tent size of 8 x 8 metres and includes 6amp electric hook-up. Each pitch includes one adult and one car/motorbike. We are one of the few campsites that allow campfires, we only ask to please use our onsite fire-pits, don't forget your marshmallows and toasting forks! Sacks of dry logs are available on site.

Hardstanding Motorhome pitch – EHU

Grass pitch with electricity Sleeps 4 2 Available
This pitch is suitable for a campervan up to 6m and comes with 6amp electric hook-up. We have an adventure playground with rafts on the pond, a tree house, a zip wire, Tarzan ropes and an adventure course. We welcome campfires and have a new refurbished toilet block.

Medium Tent Grass Pitch (no electric hook-up)

Grass pitch Sleeps 5 55 Available
NO ELECTRIC HOOK-UP WITH THIS UNIT. PLEASE SELECT ONE OF THE 'EHU' UNITS IF YOU REQUIRE POWER. This medium sized grass pitch is for a 5-berth tent size of 6 x 5 metres, each pitch includes one adult and one car/motorbike. We have an adventure playground with rafts on the pond, a tree house, a zip wire, Tarzan ropes, and an adventure course.

Small Tent Grass Pitch (no electric hook-up)

Grass pitch Sleeps 3 21 Available
NO ELECTRIC HOOK-UP WITH THIS UNIT. PLEASE SELECT ONE OF THE 'EHU' UNITS IF YOU REQUIRE POWER. This small grass pitch is suitable for 3-berth tents 3 x 3 metres. Each pitch price includes one adult, tent and a car. We have an adventure playground with rafts on the pond, a tree house, a zip wire, Tarzan ropes, and an adventure course.

Large Tent Grass Pitch (no electric hook-up)

Grass pitch Sleeps 8 16 Available
NO ELECTRIC HOOK-UP WITH THIS UNIT. SELECT THE 'EHU' UNITS IF YOU REQUIRE POWER. This large grass pitch is for a 8-berth tent size of 8 x 8 metres, each pitch includes one adult and one car/motorbike. We are one of the few campsites that do allow campfires – don't forget your marshmallows and toasting forks! Sacks of dry logs are available on site.

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Location

Contact Fisherground Campsite, Fellside Cottage, Eskdale, Holmrook, Cumbria CA19 1TF

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Getting There

From the south, leave the M6 at junction 36 and follow signs for Barrow, then 3 miles past Newby Bridge turn right towards Workington on the A5092. Keep on this road for around 10 miles, then beyond Broughton-in- Furness, turn right at traffic lights towards Ulpha. Turn left in Ulpha village to the steep hill signed ‘Eskdale’, follow the fell road to the King George IV pub and turn right to Boot. The campsite is 300 metres on the left.

From the north, leave the M6 at junction 43 towards Workington/Cockermouth on the A595 then turn onto the A5086 to Cleator Moor and Egremont. Rejoin the A595, passing Egremont and Gosforth and driving through Holmrook. Turn left after the garage to Eskdale Green, follow the road to the next junction and turn right, then go through Eskdale village to the King George IV pub and turn left to Boot.

Beware of using Sat Nav if you want to avoid taking the white-knuckle ride over Hardknott and Wrynose Passes!

A 618 bus (0871 200 2233) from Ambleside and Windermere stops at Fell Foot around 5 times a day.

Reviews

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Rated ★★★★★ over 79 reviews

★★★★★

Lush dark sky campsite with great and friendly staff

Stayed here for two gorgeous sunny days and starry nights on 18-19th September. The site is spotless, accommodates couples and groups looking for a remote Lakeland experience, but also looks perfect for families with kids. We were having a couples weekend without the kids in a rented motorhome. Would have been great to get a hook up (they only have 6), but the shower block and toilets were minty fresh and the fire pit option made the evenings something to remember. With a big motorhome it wasn’t possible to drive/park out and about so we used e-MTB’s and cycled the Eskdale Trail to Ravenglass, and to the Boot Inn for dinner (a 10 min ride up the road). The owner was great and let us recharge the ebikes in exchange for a donation to mountain rescue. A really nice touch. Thanks!
Sep 21, 2020 by Steve Edgell Verified Review
★★★★★

Beautiful campsite, fantastic people

This campsite is in a beautiful location, with great facilities in a good condition, they really have thought of everything. Our holiday was unfortunately tainted by a broken down car on the day of arrival. The staff were so kind, empathetic and helpful and I honestly cannot express what wonderful people they are and how grateful we were for their understanding and their help. We would definitely love to come back another time and stay, hopefully without any problems, so that we can properly enjoy the beautiful campsite and make the most of the surrounding area and the peace and quiet. Only downside for us, given the situation, was the lack of phone signal, but had we not needed to be dealing with the car, that would have been an enjoyable plus of getting away here. We would definitely recommend Fisherground to family and friends, and anyone looking for a wonderful camping experience, and we will definitely be giving it another go next summer!
★★★★★

Excellent stay

Excellent site for kids And adults plenty to do. Facility’s very clean. Thanks for a great stay,
★★★★★

A fantastic campsite

This is a fantastic little site in Eskdale. It is great that every pitch has its own fire pit, we loved sitting around the fire in an evening. The staff are all very welcoming and lovely! Especially Alison, who was so lovely with our dog, Kaia! The facilities are new, spotless and regularly cleaned. They had lots of COVID measures in place making us feel very safe. We will definitely be returning!
★★★★★

Camping at its greatest.

Wow ! just returned from a two night stay at Fisherground. We found it catered for absolutely everything you could ask for, to a point where, we'll most definatley be coming back next year as we loved it so much. We were greeted at reception, a wooden log cabin office by wonderful staff who gave us plenty of advice and info about our stay. We were then met by another lovely person who showed us a few pitches where we could decide to pitch up. After we had settled in we decided to have a look around. This place is amazing, so clean and well organised. The toilets and shower block are quite large with plenty of room and spotless. A £1 for a shower inside separate lockable cubicles that were lovely and warm and so refreshing. So thats clean loos and a hot shower sorted. We then found an abundance of washing up sinks, quite deep too to cater for all your dishes, pots & pans. So useful. Also there was a room with washing machines and dryers and also a large heated wooden boot cupboard that you put your wet footwear in to dry. Finally in this block, there is a drying room at around 30c degrees where you have plenty of hangers to dry wet gear, clothes, footwear anything really. Our towels from the shower were dry inside half an hour. If thats not enough, theres also a slide top freezer to place your freezer blocks in and even a mobile phone charging point where a £1 gives you 60 minutes of phone charging in a keypad locker that keeps it secure to your own 4 digit pin. So as you can see, this place has everything, and we haven't even mentioned the kids paddling lake/stream, and the adventure playground, aswell as plenty of rocks and mounds etc for kids to climb. Theres also plenty of flat space for sports games. Add to that its own railway platform for the Dalegarth to Ravenglass steam railway, local pubs/walks etc etc, you get an amazing campsite that you'll love
★★★★★

Nice relaxed site

Busy bank Holiday but we never felt like we were stacked in like sardines... Good pitch sizes. The kids loved the ge little river rafts and playground and the staff were great, really friendly! Highly recommended. If i had one criticism it would be not being able to park close to the pitch... Setup tested the legs a bit! Still great and we will be back!
★★★★★

Friendly. Helpful. Well thought out site.

We booked our week (Mon-Fri) at the start of the Summer, well before a long range forecast was available. Despite knowing that we would be having a soggy week we still wanted to get away so turned up as planned. Booking was straightforward and all communication before our trip was clear and helpful. When we arrived we were greeted warmly despite covid security measures and helped to pick out our spot on the field with good advice based upon our priorities and preferences. Yes it rained and we didn't enjoy all that we had planned to in Eskdale but the fact that we could come back to a well maintained site knowing that our pitch wouldn't be flooded etc was so good. When camping the simple things make a big difference. Lovely, clean, bright facilities with plenty of amenities and hot water. Ground that accepts pegs without having to mine out lumps of rock. Friendly, welcoming staff who are present and vigilant making sure that the site is family friendly, quiet at night etc. great kids playground, stunning views/location. What's not to like? I highly recommend this site.
★★★★★

Superb location

4 nights, 3 pitches and family of 8. Spotless facilities (toilets,Showers and wash up) and in a stunning location. Only gripe and a small one, booking staff couldn't be more helpful when I needed to amend our booking to include a 3rd small tent meant we had to forego the event shelter. They really were very good. When we got there, we were able to choose our pitch and there was masses (and I mean masses) of space where we chose so couldn't understand this especially as the central area was rammed with tents, and far closer than ours? Alison and Christine were fantastic, very friendly and helpful - thank you both. Would definitely visit again but perhaps try and get an electric hook up as it was freezing at night 😊. Make sure you either take all food or make the 40 min trip to Tesco to stock up. Am sure the village shop is great but closed on Sunday - understandably. The smalls loved the play area and gorgeous stream running behind our tents and the steam railway just minutes away. Fabulous site and missing it already!
★★★★★

Bank holiday weekend.

I have just spent the bank holiday weekend with my daughter and we loved it. Staff was friendly and helpful. Facilities was clean and enough. Even got to re freeze our ice blocks lol. No wifi on site but that's not a bad thing. Nice to be back to reality. Got wifi in local village. Will be back next year 😊. Jayne
★★★★★

Bank Holiday jolly

We booked Friday to Monday for the bank holiday in August and when we arrived the ladies were really helpful and pointed everything out toilets etc. Everything was swift in terms of transactions. The views at the camp site was unreal. Really breath taking. Really useful play area for the kids and everything was clean and covid 19 safe. Would go again 10 out 10.
Sep 1, 2020 by Kemal Toraman
★★★★★

It was a picturesque and beautiful site

The campsite was well looked after beautiful setting made to feel welcome and staff were very helpful all the toilets and showers were very clean lovely walking area as well
Aug 31, 2020 by Lindsay Stansbury
★★★★★

Peacefully enchanting.

The campsite is fantastically located within a valley with stunning picturesque views all around. The staff are more than accommodating. On our visit the weather was a little gloom and due to COVID trying to get into local pubs for food was a little problematic if not booked in advance. I would highly recommend staying here and would recommend to friends and family.
Aug 23, 2020 by Budding Adventurer
★★★★★

Great sheltered spot and fantastic for the Kids

Having had to cancel a holiday abroad to celebrate some big birthdays in the family, we thought it would be a great opportunity to crack out the tent and go camping for a week in the Lakes. We stumbled across this on Cool Camping and were immediately taken by the location (great for the unspoilt Eskdale and close to Scafell and some of the quieter lakes) and the facilities (lovely amenities really clean, and a playground and rafting pond for the kids). The site managers were really helpful. Even providing some pasta when we arrived just a bit after the shops had shut (having had to pack the car to the gills we figured we would do a food shop at site, but time got the better of us). They were active and on hand for any issues. Pitches were spacious and sheltered, we were able to comfortably put up our 8 man berghaus air tent with loads of room and alongside one of the fire pits which was great! Unfortunately the weather got the better of us and we had to cut our trip short before the storm hit this week. But we had an amazing time and would certainly recommend it to people looking for a good family campsite close to some of the major attractions of the Lake District. Thanks Fisherground!
★★★★★

Great campsite!

We had a lovely week, really great for kids - our nine year old especially loved the pond! Clean, well organised and very welcoming, we hope to be back soon!
Aug 22, 2020 by Emma Browes Verified Review
★★★★★

Would definitely return

We had a great time at fisherground. Lovely campsite and equally as lovely staff. We felt safe during the pandemic as everyone was spaced out and was very clean. We were put in a quiet part as we came without the kids. Will definitely be returning.
Aug 17, 2020 by lana
★★★★★

Fabulous family campsite

Such a lovely campsite, complete with paddling pond, adventure playground, fire pits and beautiful surrounds. What more could you ask for?! The staff were extremely welcoming and helpful and the facilities were clean. We will be back!
★★★★★

Fantastic location, clean, tidy, friendly and will keep the kids occupied for hrs.

On arrival we were given a great spot and met with a friendly welcome. Campsite was very well run rules were kept to which ensured a pleasant quiet stay for everyone. Location stunning and plenty to do if you don't want to get in a car. Amenities clean and always stocked up. Play area and pond perfect for kids to make friends and enjoy for hrs. We will definitely be back. Thanks for a great holiday Fisherground xx
Aug 16, 2020 by Sarah Peck Verified Review
★★★★★

Clean, lovely site

As soon as we arrived the staff were on the ball to make sure we had everything we needed. The site is clean and well organised, the toilet facilities and washing up facilities are clean and easy to use. I will be booking again for next summer! The views around the camp site are stunning and the local walks up the mountains are worth trying!
★★★★★

Very welcoming, great facilities

Very welcoming site with excellent facilities. Beautiful views. My 5 year old son loved it. Totally recommend it.
★★★★★

Proper campsite.

Arrived in the evening and were welcomed with information and a choice of pitches. Grass pitches with sufficient space and privacy between. Good facility block. Fantastic location for our walking and cycling. Highly recommended.
★★★★★

Fantastic for children

A fantastic family site, a very welcoming site with excellent facilities. The water area was amazing and the children loved playing in it. Would totally recommend, beautiful scenery too
Aug 10, 2020 by Kate Jagger
★★★★★

Lovely, Quiet, Perfect

Lovely campsite. Amazing views of mountains nearby. Well worth the money and can buy logs / kindling on site for a decent price. Everyone has their own fire pit which was a added bonus. Staff were lovely. Everything fantastic only thing I would like would have been some sort of on site shop
Aug 10, 2020 by Tom
★★★★★

Fun for everyone, friendly and clean

These guys know what they are doing! Firstly the team are amazing: funny, helpful and fair. We went during covid and it lashed it down 3 our of 4 of our days, ha. The staff were really good at checking everyone was OK, and very helpful with really anything we asked. The campsite is great, great views, great showers and facilities. Great views!! I would absolutely advise booking the trsin ride return from dales garth which is a 30 min road walk or a 10min car journey from campsite, also the pub signposted at ravensglass from the station is lovely. There's a great walk to a waterfall oposit the campsite, around 3mile walk. Great site we had a great time in the rain... Imagine the fun you could have in the sun!
Aug 9, 2020 by Sarah Carr Verified Review
★★★★★

Wonderful friendly site

I came here with my toddler son for one night as his first camping trip, and my first as a solo adult. It was absolutely wonderful and the staff were so helpful and friendly. The pool is perfect for kids and being able to see the steam train passing from the tent made my son’s holiday. Wonderful site I only wish we’d stayed longer.
★★★★☆

Tidy, well run, good facilities

Location is superb, a very well run site with superb facilities and very helpful staff. Only drawbacks are a lack of shop without walking to the next village, and the rocky ground which bent every tent peg we had - bring rock pegs and a mallet! Otherwise, really impressed with our stay.
Aug 7, 2020 by Adam Warn Verified Review
★★★★★

Can't wait to return!

What a lovely place this was to stay, the staff were lovely and very helpful. The location was perfect and all the facilities were spotless and functional. Looking forward to staying again.
★★★★★

Fab family break

Stayed here for 4 nights and had a great break - facilities were really clean and the play area was cleaned every night. Absolutely beautiful location close to lots of walks - will definitely be returning!
★★★★★

welcoming, super helpful, stunning everywhere you looked, peaceful, sounds of the river to fall asleep to.

friendly staff, clean toilets and showers, safe space for kids to play. The most beautiful surroundings and stunning walks around the area. The staff provided walking routes. We used a firepit which we accidently crushed with our van when leaving. The staff wouldn't accept any money to replace it and were thanking us for being honest! I would recommend this campsite wholeheartedly.
Aug 1, 2020 by Ruth Price Verified Review
★★★★★

Couldn’t fault it

Staff were great, facilities were always clean, thoroughly enjoyed our stay
★★★★★

Excellent campsite

Clean and tidy place with all the facilities for camping. Great customer service and friendly staff and excellent support.
★★★★☆

Great little place!

Lovely little campsite in great location in the lakes. Great scenery/views and lovely new showers and toilets, laundry room etc. Everything you need. There was no water pressure in the basins in men’s block, but the sinks for washing up the pressure was too much! It just got you soaked doing the washing up. Maybe you could transfer a bit of that power? Wasn’t happy having to pay a £1 to have a shower! Just charge me another £1/2 a night, and the inconvenience of always having to have pound coins all the time!
Jul 30, 2020 by Thomas Solly
★★★★★

Excellant

My friends and i really enjoyed our stay at the Fisherground campsite! The staff were very friendly, the campsite and facilities beautifully kept. Would stay again. Thank you
★★★★★

Had a fantastic stay with my children. Lovely walks and places to see near by.

Had a lovely 4 night stay at Fisherground campsite. Children loved the pond and adventure playground. Toilet and shower block was so clean and staff had dine everything they could to allow site to open following covid 19, handsanitiser was always full and in plenty of locations as well as toilet clean spray in each toilet and shower and cleaned several times a day too. Would deffo go again
Jul 26, 2020 by Melissa Crew Verified Review
★★★★★

Excellent facilities and location

Superb campsite with excellent new shower block. Good pitches for tents, fine parking for motor homes. We arrived after epic amounts of rain to find children enjoying themselves in the stream. But despite the rain the campsite was well drained, no flooded out tents. The location is fabulous with great walking and cycling from the door + the mini railway will take you along the valley to Ravensglass and fantastic quiet beaches.Muncaster Castle is also nearby. Several great pubs just a short walk away with real Cumbrian Ale, great food, friendly staff. The team on site are spot on, a big shout out to Mark who gave useful advice. Finally, as a family site, it wasn’t noisy and had a great evening atmosphere as fires are allowed. All in all I could imagine spending a week there as there’s so much to explore, a real gem.
Jul 25, 2020 by Marcus
★★★★★

Excellent friendly site

Really friendly site with staff that are happy to help don’t need to say anymore apart from I will be use them again 😀
Jul 24, 2020 by Andy Riley Verified Review
★★★★★

Great site, friendly staff and good facilities

Enjoyed stay at fisherground very well run site, would book again
Jul 23, 2020 by Owen Baker
★★★★★

Great location and Friendly staff

Short but sweet stay. Only stayed for the one night but wish it had been longer. Toilets and Showers where immaculate and modern. The staff where very friendly and helpful. Brilliant site in all would definitely go back
Jul 21, 2020 by Joseph Mills Verified Review
★★★★★

Kids loved it

Last minute booking but a really good discovery. Warmly greeted on arrival, in fact all staff we found to be friendly and helpful, in particular Mark who helped find us the perfect pitching spot on arrival. Toilets and showers modern and clean, with extra effort visible to help with the current situation, such as hand gel units widely available for use. Kids loved the play area and the pond, and the site had a safe, family feeling about it. So all in all a great place, will hopefully go back later in the Summer. Cheers, Dan.
Jul 21, 2020 by Daniel King Verified Review
★★★★★

Excellent campsite, fantastic facilities and beautiful views

A great little campsite tucked away in a quieter less touristy part of the Lake District, with beautiful scenery and fantastic walks on the doorstep it is a perfect place to locate yourself for a week or weekend away. Excellent and clean facilities, helpful and friendly staff and ample space for numerous pitches. Dog friendly which is always a bonus!
★★★★☆

Excellent weekend away

The campsite is friendly, and was perfect for our trip. We enjoyed how chilled it was and could listen to our music and we were able to build a fire. We spent a lot of time on the campsite and it had everything we needed to make our holiday great. If I could add one improvement it would be the showers. They are ok but you have to use £1 coins to operate them. We didn’t mind this but we did expect them to be better as they just trickle water and I struggled to wash my hair. Apart from this the campsite was great and we would 100% book to go back.
Jul 20, 2020 by Charlotte
★★★★★

Lovely staff and great site with good facilities

This site was perfect for us! Absolutely great for playing with our toddler, and had everything we needed. Toilet blocks are immaculate, and they've implemented a one way system for toilets, showers and dish washing stations. Great little fire pits in front of your pitch and a lovely vibe, not forgetting the friendly welcoming staff :)
★★★★★

Amazing

Wow 🤩 where to begin! This campsite has lots of brilliant features! It has a brand new toilet block with decent pressure and a good temperature. The pitches were very flat and the ground wasn’t rock hard. The views were great with plenty of walks direct from the campsite. But the absolute best bit about this campsite was the staff. They were so attentive, kind and helpful a special shout to Mark who went above and beyond! But all the staff were so lovely! Thanks 😊
Jul 19, 2020 by Ash Rhodes Verified Review
★★★★★

Beautiful experience and helpful staff

Staff when we arrived were very friendly and helpful- especially when we had realised we had forgotten our tent poles (d'oh!). Great shower and toilet facilities with a new block being built. Was given our choice of camping spot as we were one of the first to arrive. Lovely camping ground close to Scafell Pike and other great hiking opportunities. Had a lovely time :)
★★★★★

Bank Holiday fun

We arrived on the Friday before the bank holiday. The site was VERY busy, we were given the choice of pitch and we choose to head down to the bottom of the site. The site is managed incredibly well and given how busy it was it was very clean. We stayed until Tuesday and our best night was the bank holiday Monday as several people left. It’s a fantastic site, and I can’t fault it. We will return, just not for the bank holiday as it was too busy for us.
Aug 28, 2019 by Sophie E Verified Review
★★★★★

Great camp site for people of all ages and camping ability.

Spent 3 nights over August Bank Holiday and couldn't of chosen a better spot. great site, great location, great Facilities, pub at the end of the road was spot on for food, wifi and pool table. The train line is a cute addition to the place, along with fire pits at most pitches. Think the weather helped but really couldn't fault the place. Would visit again.
Aug 27, 2019 by Andy Kelsey
★★★★★

Great campsite

Just spent a few days at Fisherground with my 10yr old son he had great (and very wet) fun in the pond and play area with all the other kids on site. Great local pubs and child friendly walks all nearby plus its own station on the Ravenglass railway, whats not to like.
Aug 27, 2019 by Colin Pye Verified Review
★★★★★

Great Family site

Just spent the weekend at Fisherground with our 11 year old son. Fantastic site for kids, loads for them to do and safe for them to roam freely. Facilities are really good, clean and reasonably priced for showers etc. Will definitely visit again. Only word of advice would be to check the route the sat nav takes you (avoid Hardknott Pass), would be better if Fisherground could include the info on the booking confirmation rather than just on the website as the route it takes you is hardgoing and quite scary in adverse weather!
Aug 19, 2019 by ade1ec Verified Review
★★★★★

Perfect base for exploring the lakes

Friendly staff, friendly environment, good facilities and great location with good pubs and restaurants within walking distance of site. Highly recommended
Aug 19, 2019 by John R Wolstenholme
★★★★★

Idyllic

My friends and I had an incredible time at Fisherground campsite. There is the perfect balance of activities for a range of ages and tranquillity. Stunning location and super lovely staff.
★★★★★

Outstanding

I came here with my two children for 4 nights. We got a great pitch near the pool and play area. The whole environment feels so safe and secure. The scenery is beautiful, the site is maintained throughout the day by the helpful wardens. We had very mixed weather (as expected in the UK!) but despite that we had an amazing time here together for their first camping experience. I’ll be going again with them 100%.
Aug 4, 2019 by Amber W
★★★★★

Great trip!

This is our 2nd visit and was really good. Staff are excellent and had a great time
Jul 26, 2019 by David Colvan Verified Review
★★★★★

Best and most helpful campsite by far!

Firstly, all of the staff and wardens are incredibly helpful. First night we turned up, got a warm welcome at reception and then shown the ground and pointed in some places where we could choose to camp. (a little tucked away area under some trees behind some rocks was perfect) We pitched, got ourselves sorted and then walked to the pub - easy walking distance for some dinner, headed back to sit for a bit, but completely forgot to buy some wood for a fire, so we were being eaten alive by mosquitoes. - office was closed, too late to buy any Wardens were really helpful and provided us with some spare wood they had collected and wanted no donation towards it. Facilities are absolutely amazing, hot water and sinks for washing, washing machines, tumble dryers and a freezer. Electricity in the toilets for shavers aswell, for those that need it. Showers are hot and powerful, but most of all, its all very clean! Gates close at night, so if you are parked inside, you cant drive any where till after 8am, but you can park outside. All in all... best camp site ive stayed on by a long way!
★★★★★

Great short break for a dad and a six year old!

Just perfect for our weekend away. Beautiful location. Very clean. Plenty of fun!
★★★★★

An excellent, child friendly, dog friendly, clean, well managed and well organised campsite in one of Lakelands best valleys....

It's situation makes it excellent for walking or touring to so many brilliant places... La'l Ratty on the doorstep, Muncaster Castle a short drive away as well as access to walks of all categories and to suit all interests; history, wildlife or terrific scenery. It is all here...or close by.. Not to mention great Pubs for meals and a drink...
★★★★★

Fantastic family fun

We spent the May bank holiday weekend at the campsite with our family(4tents). It was brilliant, the kids were playing out in the sun, loads of fun at the park and splashing in the water. We enjoyed the sun and bbq’ed with lots of warm clothes on as it was chilly at night. Fire pits were great, all of the dogs were well behaved and we have all caught the camping bug and defo want to return. The site was beautiful and very clean, all facilities were close by and spotless. Staff were all very helpful and welcoming. I loved it. Plus it was my 40th birthday, we celebrated early as it’s quiet time after 10:30 but we were always ready for bed by then anyway.
May 7, 2019 by Lynn Dixon
★★★★★

Cool, Calm and connected!

Great few days at a great camp site! Well set up, great facilities and staff and a great location off the beaten track-ish!
Apr 27, 2019 by Nick Verified Review
★★★★★

Excellent campsite with efficient and friendly staff

Our experience was excellent. Friendly staff greeted us after our long drive and got us setup in minutes. Came around in the morning to see we were all ok , nice customer service , even got a cool bag as a leaving gift when departing. Nice location and steam train nearby.
Apr 26, 2019 by Rick
★★★★★

It’s own steam railway!

We stayed over the Easter weekend. On arrival we were told we’d booked the wrong pitch for our campervan, but that we could still stay in the field to the side. We were told where to park in the field, but there was loads of space between spots and because the field was just for vans it made it a lot quieter than the rest of the campsite. Toilet facilities were clean, but you need 50p for the showers. The two pubs in boot were great for dinners (about a 45 min walk each way). You can get the miniature steam railway directly from the campsite, on the first day we caught it back from boot (£2.50 ish) after doing a lovely walk to the waterfall. The next day, we then used the spent tickets to get 50% off our tickets to Ravenglass and back. All in all, great campsite, would defiantly recommend!
Apr 25, 2019 by Laura
★★★★★

Great stay in a newly furbished campsite

We visited this campsite in April of this year (2015) and they are finalizing their newly built shop, located at the entrance point of the campsite. Being a working sheep farm alongside this campsite they utilize this to sell they farmed products. The shop also provide a great range of goods that you might need while camping or heading out into the wilderness of the lakes.

There is also 2 Pubs which are of a very high quality next door, with one selling additional fresh produce. the campsite is very picturesque and well maintained. 

Highly recommended! 

Sep 4, 2015 by mward213
★★★★★

Great experience

this was my very first time camping and I was impressed! It was also my two sons first camping trip (ages 15 & 11) and they also loved it too. This campsite is very family friendly however my eldest son found the many younger kids running past, annoying. My youngest son made lots of friends.

The scenery is spectacular, definitely picked the best campsite in the area. Very clean. Warden controlled and helpful. Another couple had been touring campsites around the country and they said this one was the best so far! Also pubs nearby are very friendly, child and dog friendly and do fab food.

My only downside was we had family who lived in the area and they would've had to pay £2.50 per person and dog to visit us so we had to meet them off the site. 

Aug 7, 2015 by Fairy dust
★★★☆☆

Children will like this place

Forewarned is forearmed, and after reading the excellent reviews from this site I think our expectations were well set.  The campsite is run like a tight ship and the plus-side to the rules (and enforcement) is that it did feel like a safe place for our young kids to roam free.  One observation I think worth adding from a stay during a half term / bank holiday is that this is high-density camping, the site had a festival camping feel.  If you are sensitive to wood smoke ask for a pitch up-wind.

May 30, 2015 by mangofire
★★★★★

Family camping

We just loved this campsite! It was situated in a stunning area with the most perfect play area for the kids allowing the adults to completely relax when required.  We had already read reviews regarding the rules on noise so we expected the site to be quite strict.  Personally we didn't have any problems and didn't witness any.  Because the rules were in place we had a wonderful sleep every night without disturbance - perfect if you have kids!! We will definitely be back again, a definite favourite!!!

Sep 2, 2014 by Pennypocket
★★★★☆

Fisherground

It's all been said in the other reviews. In summary, we had a lovely time, but then in the amazing weather of this week we had it quite easy. It was our first camping trip as a family (with a 2 year old and six month old). Next time I think I'd look to go somewhere a bit smaller.

PROS:

Great for kids +++ (although ours too young, it was obvious that the older children there were having an amazing time in the pond)

Spots for campfires at each pitch (fire wood+kindling now = £6)

Well maintained facilities/toilet block (but basic)

Has its own train station! 

Easy walk to nearest pub

Beautiful surroundings

CONS:

Toilet block quite a long walk from some parts of site

50p for a shower (I spent £1, my partner 50p)


Didn't find the administration of rules and regulations excessive but think maybe has been scaled back since some of the previous reviews. 

Jul 27, 2014 by Victoria Reay
★★★★☆

Pond Fun

A delight for kids as not only is there an assault course, there is a wading pond which some kids use as a boating pond as well.  It can get quite crowded as it is quite popular.  Washing facilities bit limited but adequate.

Jul 11, 2014 by tangmanf
★★★★☆

Campfire delight

Arrived for a two night stay on Thursday through to Sat and I was greeted by Hilary who was helpful and very pleasant. The site is small and very clean with good toilet and shower facilities and a dry cupboard for wet shoes and boots which was a genius idea!  The views are amazing and the children's play area although small is good for keeping them entertained.  The campfires were great and a big plus for the real camping experience.  The only down side for me was the slightly over bearing park ranger who liked to bark rules at everyone! other than that a good site although expensive so you will need to budget!

Jun 8, 2014 by beardwood
★★★★★

Excellent first time camping experience

We have just returned from our camping experience, (hubby a pro, but for me and our boys (7) & (5) a new and delightful experience. Fisherground is a lovely campsite with amazing views. The boys throughly enjoyed the play park, mini lake, complete with tractor tyres to sail across on and toasting marshmallows (available from the ice cream van) on the campfire (wood for sale early evening).  I would recommend a small hand axe and extra firelighters for this activity but not altogether necessary.  The campsite was lovely and clean with a fairly new shower block which was regularly cleaned during our stay (Spring Bank Holiday).  Yes, you have to pay 50 p for a shower, but they are lovely and hot and run for at least 10 mins a pop.  There are plenty of pubs around if you fancy giving your camping stove a night off (and the cook)!  Scarfell Pike is only a short drive away.  The wardens were friendly and helpful and carried plenty of change for the showers. Yes, you have to pipe down after 10.30pm but most parents are glad to have packed the sprogs to bed and have quiet time to chat and drink wine around the campfire embers.  We will definitely be back!

May 6, 2014 by Joaana
★★★★★

Fabulous family fun

We stayed at fisherground with a 3 year old boy.  Absolutely idyllic setting.  The adventure playground and mini lake with rafts is something our boy wont forget anytime soon.  Countyside around the area is stunnign and the campiste has its own stop on the Ravenglass and Eskdale narrow gauge railway - we all love that!

The site is very organised and yes they do have rules but we played ball games, flew a kite and played with kids from other families.  The fire pit was good and the fact it is pinned to the ground we considered a safety feature.  I see that some people find the rules on noise etc to restrictive but as a family when you are trying to get small children to sleep at a sensible hour its very welcome.  Personally i dont understand people who go camping in the middle of nowhere but ehn insist on having music blarring until late night.  Perhaps they should go soemwhere with a pub or nightclub.

Maybe they dont have to post the rules everywhere but what you have here is a family friendly, quite, campsite in a stunning location where civilised behaviour in expected so everyone can enjoy getting away from it all.

Loved it and will be back.

Mar 6, 2014 by ian roe
★★☆☆☆

Disappointing

On the strength of the Cool Camping Kids write up we extended our holiday by an extra day in order to take in a night's camping at Fisherground with our two kids (aged 8 and 10).

Sadly we were all a little disappointed...

It is a good site for kids - great little adventure playground... and the views of the surrounding mountains are gorgeous, particularly when shrouded in mist in the morning.

BUT - they are just so RULE-driven that I got the impression they didn't want the campers to relax at all!!!  It started with the condescending smirk and "... may I draw your attention to our list of rules..." at the check-in, then a huge sign repeating the rule list outside (no noise whatsoever after 10:30pm, etc), then you are escorted to your pitch and intructed in which direction and exact position to park your vehicle, then in the toilet/shower block every single sign was an order (Hand Washing ONLY, Clothes Washing ONLY, Push Taps Down ONLY, Hand-Drying ONLY, and even in the corner of the room: Floor Mop ONLY!!)... there were even signs threatening expulsion from the site if you were caught stealing toilet roll!!!!

Now we have camped in a zillion places, from luxury to basic, but I have never felt so unwelcome... So may call it highly organised, I just found it patronising, clinical and unfriendly - I mean do they really expect people to behave so antisocially that they need constant reminders everywhere?!

The facilities are adequate but pretty basic for a campsite of this size, and showers cost 50p a pop.  No freezers/fridges.  No plug sockets.  No frills.

As a parent I was frustrated that the ice cream van came to the site every night with its tune blaring... it made the demands for ice cream treats unavoidable, and left little room for parental discretion.  However, once I caved in, I was pleasantly surprised that they were at least cheaply priced.

The upside is that you can have real fires... just don't dare to even think about moving the fire pit or putting a large log on it or the zealous wardens will have you for breakfast!!! ;o)

Sep 1, 2013 by Camperholic
★★★★★

great family holiday

This has been one of the best family holidays we have ever had. The site was very family orientated. Upon arrival I asked to be close to the toilet/ shower block and we were put in a pitch closr by. The added bonus being it was also opposite the children's play area and pool so we could keep an eye on the kids from our tent. The fire pits were an excellent addition and we had some great nights sat around the camp fire toasting Marshmallows.  Great scenery and lovelt walks but word of caution the walk up the waterfall was treacherous with kids. No barriers no warnings very steep and slippery.  We decided to turn back for our own safety. Waterfall was off the eskdale trail.

Aug 22, 2013 by annie
★★★★★

First time camper, kids haven!

Excellent site for adults and children alike.

Kids played in the river and adventure area all day long and made lots of friends.
Fire pits are on each pitch and log wood is sold daily at 4.50 for log wood and kindling.
(remember your matches/lighter. If you do forget - The log man sells matches for 50p a box
Remember 50p for showers and dryers. 50p coins are available in exchange for cash from reception area if you have no 50p coins.
Amenities block is well maintained and if you leave your shower until after the morning/bedtime rush you will get in no problem.
Remember to take some water shoes for children as there are sharp stones in the lake and it could be quite uncomfy for the children's feet.

Take your own bbq and cooler packs - freezer available on site for your ice packs.

Remember your essentials as shop is very expensive!!

We loved it and we will be going again. As long as we get some decent weather!!

Aug 7, 2013 by cheekimonkee
★★★★★

Kids Paradise

We found this campground through the Guardian's 10 best campgrounds for kids. The campground is set in a really beautiful area, though we didn't do much exploring around because the big draw (especially if you have a kid) is the pond, tyre swings, rope swing, climbing frames.....it is a kid's paradise! We went this weekend and it was hot and sunny...lots and lots of kids. When you first get there a camp worker takes you to your general location. We had two spots to pick from, one under a tree and one right across from the pond. He told us it was forecasted to rain and suggested the spot across from the pond. He also said don't put a pound in the showers because it will still only give you water for the same amount of time as if you put 50p in.... so it's best to take two 50p coins into the shower with you.

The place is amazing and our son (who's 9) was in heaven! They have two tyre rafts with poles kids can push around the pond plus all the other things I already mentioned and  he was busy the entire time, he barely even came back to the tent for food.

I would highly recommend taking. 1.Quite a few 50p coins for the showers and also for the dryers they have on site (kids+water=lots of wet clothes) 2. Raincoats...my husband only told me AFTER we had to take the tent down in the pouring rain that the lake district gets the most rain in England. 3. A little extra money for the ice cream van and also the man that comes around with the wood so you can have a cozy bonfire.

Jul 28, 2013 by foxsmum
★★★★★

Brilliant, Staff have good sense of humour

Quite remote and not advisable to follow from sat nav unless in a tank or have spare clutch, gearbox, wheels as it will take you on narrow potholed windy 40% inclines/declines literally over the peak of mountains! better using real map and follow coastal and lower lying roads other than that an awesome camp great for adults, kids, photagraphists, hippies alike the nearby trek to the waterfall is well worth it. Make sure you bring plenty of provisions as the nearest shop is quite a trek although there are quite a few nearby country pubs. A real proper campsite.

Mobile signal: weak Orange T-mobile Virgin but zilch for 02

Jul 11, 2013 by ChrisH
★★★★☆

Fisherground

We last visited here August 2012, we had a week of great weather, a first for us!! This campsite is a firm fav of my 8 and 6 year old. They had a ball, playing on the park and on the rafts. There is a steam railway running just behind the park with a stop on the park, also a big hit with the kids.

For me it was the camp fires that made it, it was lovely sitting round the fire in evening. Whilst we were there we had no issues with noise, it was lovely and peaceful the whole time. The pub down the road serves great food and we would recommend it. We would also recommend Muncaster castle for a day out which is not too far away.

Jun 6, 2013 by Ewalker82
★★★★★

Fisherground

Just got back from an amazing weekend here at Fisherground – 2 adults and 3 children. The campsite was beautiful and very friendly. You had your own space with an area for a campfire, plus a river and play area for the children. There's plenty of rocks for the kids to adventure on. The wardens very friendly and helpful. There's also a lovely area for washing and toilets. It's very peaceful at night and the wardens do a walk round. An amazing place. Even an ice cream van comes round. I would definitely recommended this site. There's really nothing negative about this place. We will be going again and again. 

May 6, 2013 by CampersRus
★★★★★

Beautiful location, great atmosfere!

Great stay here with family of 2 adults, 2 children (7 and 10 years old). Superb ’tenty’ place, we we’re travelling with our trailer tent, and found the advised route to the campsite quite adventurous. The route more along the coast is much better if travelling with a trailer. The site is well laid out beween the mountains, the views you wake up to are magnificant. Your own private fire ’rim’ completes the package. Complete with the log seller and the ice-cream van that also sells marshmallows. If the weather is reasonable, the kids play in and around the little lake. Trip with the little train that has a (request) stop at the campsite is a must, just as walking in the area. Toilets and showers not modern, but always clean, don’t forget your 50p coins for the showers. The pub down the road is also a great place for a drink and meal. Overall a great campsite were we might return sometime (we don’t usually even consider returning, like to visit different sites everytime)!
Aug 11, 2012 by Klavertjes
★★★★☆

Fisherground

I stayed here with my friend and her 2 children in May 2011. The site is fantastic for children and adults alike! Lots of room for our large tent and lots of other families that made it a really friendly place to stay. You can buy wood on site for the campfire which was lovely to relax by in the evening. There is plenty for the children to do, a large lake - although our 2 were happiest playing in the stream next to the tent. The little railway goes along the bottom of the site too which was fun to spot as well as a nice day out. There is space for washing dishes and a small drying area for wet footwear and clothing. I’d go back here again.
Jun 12, 2011 by Dorita75
★★★☆☆

Fisherground

When I visited, the site was very busy and noisy at night and early morning. The good things about it were that there are fire pits to have your own camp fire and it is amongst lovely scenery. There is plenty of space for kids to play and there is some water that children love to paddle in. However, it is miles from almost anywhere and far too remote for me. The toilets and showers are very basic. I wouldn’t bother visiting it again. Too basic and miles from anywhere.
Jun 7, 2011 by migsy
★★★★☆

Fisherground

Awesome camp site for a family and very efficiently ran. I’ve just arrived back from the Fisherground for the may-bank holiday, the weather wasn’t the greatest when we first arrived, arrived with a friendly welcome. Just before arriving, en-route we passed a Post Office so I thought this may be the last chance to get cash from the bank just in case they don’t accept cards. From working off their website; No charge for under 3’s (we had a 2 year old with us.) I worked it out at home to be just under £20 a night, upon arriving, was told it was £22.50 I only just had enough. No cards accepted. I now realise they charged me for my little one. Bad side, they didn’t really work it out for you too well, just gave you a price and that’s it. I didn’t notice a board or anything with prices, I put it down to maybe a bank holiday surcharge. Once we paid up, paying a £5 a night supplement for a large tent I was escorted to our pitch. All the pitches are roughly the same size, people in a 1 person tent had the same size as a 10 berth tent with awnings and porches, why the extra for family sized tent I am not so sure. Being escorted and told where to park felt good at the start then started to realise, I never like having my tent close to the fire, why risk the tent with cinders from fire, I couldn’t move the tent any further away from the fire than I did and it was still about six feet from the tent; Another down side was we were put under a tree with dead looking branches on and a stream running near, I would never have picked this spot personally, bugs from the stream and dangers of the dropping branches in the rain; Also meant our tent and places to sit was shaded all the time, we couldn’t sit out by the tent in the sun, it was shaded until the other side of the road. The rafts are a great asset to the site, gives all the kids something to do, I myself decided to have a play, stood in the middle of the pond with my iphone in hand doing a 360 pano nearing falling in was fun! :D Great zip-line on the park although too big more most of the little ones and a no-adult rule on the park made me wonder, it said no over 16s yet it looks as if you need to be 16 to ride it. My son at two years old was too young for everything really on the park, since there’s no slide or regular swings (only tyre swings) it meant there was very little really for him to do; As a result I think it’ll be a few years before we’re able to return to take advantage of this site, but, all in all, overly surroundings, very efficiently ran site, enough toilets / showers for the amount of campers on a busy bank-holiday weekend. It’s a must return site, just when the times right. Maybe well worth the note, the surcharge for family tents (6 berth and over) is only during school holidays.
May 30, 2011 by Albie
★★☆☆☆

Fisherground

This campsite has lots of potential, but the owners while polite at first are very rude and patronising (Alison in particular) and have a million rules. The quad bikes with campsite staff/guards bomb around and are, in my opinion, very dangerous - definitely travelling well over 5mph! Facilities for the kids are good and it’s a lovely location, but that’s it I’m afraid. We won’t be going back, the way this place is run took the relaxation, fun and freedom out of the trip - ie the whole point of going camping in the first place!
May 1, 2011 by kathrynwheel

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