Once Upon a Fell The Greener Camping Club

UK England North West England Cumbria Kirkby Lonsdale

  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Campfires allowed
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Groups welcome
  • Good walks nearby
  • Walking
Eco-friendly camping away from the crowds, with sweeping views and good access to National Trust-owned Farleton Fell

Despite the way that it stands out, with its screed top, tiered crags and looming form, most people motoring up the M6 drive straight past Farelton Knott on their way to the busier mountains of the Lake District. Little do they realise that, over the back of the limestone hill, there's the perfect campsite for walkers, with access straight on to the hillside and easterly views of the Yorkshire Dales. It's secluded, it's quiet and it's compassionately run, with a tree planted for every booking and eco-friendly facilities that fit the small-scale, homespun feel. It also has a very good name, which surely seals the deal.

Set on a working dairy and sheep farm, below both Farleton Knott (or Farleton Fell) and Hutton Roof Crags – both SSSIs for their wealth of unusual plants and animals – the campsite is still a busy place in its own agricultural way. Owners Dan and Pam may be off tending to sheep or dashing out on the school run, but they're always on hand for campers and, with only a handful of pithes available, there's rarely more than 15 or so people on the campsite at any one time to keep them occupied. One recent visitor excitedly recalled that Pam even made a cake for their partner’s birthday. That gives you a measure of the place and the warmth of the welcome here.

If camping ever becomes a little too close to nature for you, then the 'Cop Out Shed' gives you a chance to charge your phone and use the fridge, freezer or microwave – all powered from the farm’s own wind turbine. Or you can skip the camping altogether and go for one of their pre-pitched glamping options: Three furnished bell tents offer accommodation for those who prefer to travel light, two of which have their own private toilet and shower facilities and are tucked in a meadow slightly higher up the slope bordered by drystone walls.

The nature trail up Farleton Fell is the obvious first activity. From the top, panoramic views take in Morecambe Bay, the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales and the Howgill Fells, though it's also enjoyable looking much closer to home, at the plantlife and wildflowers in the nooks of the limestone slabs. And if you do eventually hop in the car, the coast, the Lakes and the Dales are all within easy reach, with the likes of Windermere a half-hour drive away and Kirkby Lonsdale 10 minutes or so down the road.

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Facilities

Four spacious camping pitches, three of which have electric hook-ups, plus three fully equipped bell tents (two with private facilities) and The Roundhouse Camping Pod (private facilities including a hot tub). Mostly off-grid, with composting toilets and gas-powered shower rooms. Washing up and barbecue areas, with firepits for use. Filtered drinking water tap on The Green and shared picnic tables. Access to gas cooking facilities, shared fridge, freezer and charging points. Fresh produce, such as eggs, milk and cheese as well as wood or charcoal are available to buy. Once Upon a Fell is a working farm, so expect horses, dogs herding sheep and lambs in spring.

Suitable For

Tents, families, couples, small campervans, awnings – yes. Caravans, motorhomes, dogs – no.

Nearby

The Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and areas of outstanding natural beauty such as Silverdale and Arnside are all within a 20-minute drive. There is direct access to footpaths and bridleways from the campsite up on to Farleton Knott and Hutton Roof Crags.  The attractive market town of Kirkby Lonsdale is a little under five miles away (if you want to start a conversation, ask a local if it is in Lancashire or Cumbria), as is the Devil’s Bridge beauty spot. The nearest place to buy essentials is in the village of Burton-in-Kendal where you will find the post office and convenience store, just under three miles from the campsite.

Food & Drink

The King’s Arms (01524 781409) in Burton-in-Kendal (see Nearby) is a family-friendly pub which serves food (fresh produce from its own allotment and vegetarian/vegan options). For artisan ice cream try The Milking Parlour (01524 781409) near the Devil’s Bridge. There are many pubs, restaurants and cafes in Kirkby Lonsdale, the pick of which are The Royal Hotel (01524 271966) – an elegant, vegetarian/vegan friendly Georgian restaurant – and Platos (01524 274180), which is a bit pricey, but justifiably award winning. For a more economical option, historical interior, live music, sports on television, log fire and real ales try (ironically) The Snooty Fox Tavern (01524 958951). Fresh local produce can be found at the Thursday Charter Market in Kirkby Lonsdale and if the largest muffins you ever saw tempt you, then The Lunesdale Bakery (015242 71296) will satisfy your desires.

Open

Bell tents come down at the end of September but camping pitches are open all year.

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The Owner Says

Offering fully-furnished bell tents set in their own private area of land, along with spacious pitches for you to bring your own tent or campervan, we are perfect for outdoor-enthusiasts who are looking for an environmentally-friendly camping or glamping experience.

Peaceful, private camping and glamping on our family farm in Cumbria. Located in between the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales, adjacent to Hutton Roof Crags SSSI and Farleton Knott SSSI, we are perfectly situated for walking, mountain biking, climbing, nature spotting and most importantly: relaxing.

Proud to be partnered with the Greener Camping Club – our eco-responsible campsite offers unique, secluded pitches with beautiful views of the surrounding countryside and instant access to public footpaths and bridleways.

ACCOMMODATION

Two fully-furnished bell tents, each with their own private fields and their own private off-grid facilities. Each bell tent sleeps up to four people with the option to bring your own additional tent and a few extra guests.

One fully-furnished bell tent on a peaceful camping field with shared facilities.

Three camping / campervan pitches on a peaceful camping field with shared facilities.

During winter we offer exclusive hire of any of the fields for quiet camping groups.

With only 6 pitches / units in total - we are perfectly set up for exclusive hire of the whole site (or part of it). It's a quiet site and we don't encourage groups, but our site is fabulous if a few families want to go camping together and have their own private campsite, or for walking / climbing / biking groups who are looking for a quieter stay.

FACILITIES

Mostly off-grid, with composting toilets and gas powered shower rooms. Washing up areas, BBQ areas and gas cooking facilities.We do have a wind turbine on the farm and offer 3 electric hook up points on the campsite, as well as a 'Cop Out Shed' where you can charge your mobile phones and use our fridge, freezer and microwave.

Accommodation

Three camping pitches, two of which have electric hook-ups, plus three pre-pitched and furnished bell tents and a glamping pod.

Top Meadow Bell Tent - Private Field

Grass pitch Sleeps 4
Bell Tent situated in its own private field, with private toilet and shower

Bull Copy Bell Tent - Private Field

Grass pitch Sleeps 4
Bell Tent situated in its own private field, with private toilet and shower

The Green Bell Tent

Grass pitch Sleeps 4
The Green Bell Tent - with shared facilities

Camping / Campervan Pitch 1

Grass pitch Sleeps 6
Camping / Campervan Pitch on a peaceful camping field with shared facilities

Camping / Campervan Pitch 2

Grass pitch Sleeps 6
Camping/Campervan Pitch on a peaceful camping field with shared facilities

Camping / Campervan Pitch 3

Grass pitch Sleeps 6
Camping/Campervan Pitch on a peaceful camping field with shared facilities

Exclusive Full Site Hire

Exclusive Site Hire Sleeps 24
Exclusive Full Site Hire

Exclusive - The Green Field

Exclusive Site Hire Sleeps 16
Have exclusive use of The Green camping field, which consists of 3 x camping pitches and 1 x Bell Tent, all with shared facilities.

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Location

Contact Once Upon a Fell, Whin Yeats Farm, Hutton Roof, Carnforth, Cumbria LA6 2PJ

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Getting There

Once Upon a Fell is correctly marked on Google Maps, but it is recommended that you don't use the postcode on a SatNav – it covers a large area and will take you to the wrong place.

Coming from the south: come off the M6 motorway at Junction 35, then take the A6070 through Burton-in-Kendal. Turn right just before Clawthorpe Business Centre and follow the lane all the way to the very top of the hill. Turn left down the Whin Yeats Farm track then turn left just before you get to the first house.

Coming from the north: come off the motorway at Junction 36, then take the A6070 past the J36 auction mart and towards Holme/Burton in Kendal. Turn left just before Clawthorpe Business Centre (if you get to Burton-in-Kendal you've gone too far) and follow the lane all the way to the very top of the hill. Turn left down the Whin Yeats Farm track then turn left just before you get to the first house.

The nearest bus stop is at Clawthorpe Hall Business Centre, two miles away from the campsite. The buses link to Lancaster, Carnforth (which is home to the nearest train station to the campsite), Kendal and the Lake District.

Reviews

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Rated ★★★★★ over 2 reviews

★★★★★

Peaceful calm camping

Only came for a couple of night in a tent the site is immaculate and quiet overlooking the most beautiful of views I made sure to catch the sun rising from behind the Yorkshire mountains. Highlight for me was seeing new biggins crag of limestone paving. The owner was very friendly and passionate about the eco side of running the campsite. Will definitely be back. Thank you
Sep 16, 2021 by Jasmin Smith Verified Review
★★★★★

Fantastic spot

This is a great, ecologically sustainable and thoughtfully laid out site, with good walks from the doorstep. A short walk to Hutton Roof Crags and within reach of Kirby Lonsdale, which has excellent pubs and cafes.

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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