Camp Eden

UK England North West England Cumbria Penrith

  • Campfires allowed
  • Groups welcome
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Good walks nearby
  • Walking
Summer camping and glamping in the grounds of a castle in the Northern Lakes

Want to hear about a campsite in a part of the Lake District that’s peaceful even in the height of summer? Of course you do – who wouldn’t? With England’s highest mountains, largest lakes and some of its most scenic campsites, the Lake District National Park is understandably, undeniably and sometimes frustratingly busy in the school holidays. But up in its northern reaches, there’s a kind of campers’ paradise; a place that’s family friendly, easy to get to and appropriately called Eden. If you like sleeping under canvas, eating woodfired pizza and supping local drinks round the campfire, this place is heaven-sent.

Camp Eden is a summer-only pop-up camping and glamping site five miles south of Penrith, in the grounds of Lowther Castle. Head here from the south and you can whizz by Windermere; arrive from the north and you’ll stop before you get to its often busy shores. The nearest lake is the relatively peaceful Ullswater, with its scenic paddle steamers and lovely lakeside walks. For walkers, scramblers and climbers, the dizzy heights of Blencathra and Helvellyn are near enough to scale and, as you’re camping in the grounds of Lowther Castle, it’d be rude not to explore.

While this is a peaceful part of the national park, it’s not a tiny site. This place has 100 off-grid pitches and more than 120 glamping tents ranging from basic bring-your-own-bedding bell tents to fully-furnished, Arabian Nights’-style shikar tents. It’s a sociable sea of canvas but there’s plenty of room and event-style facilities for everyone; all set up by the experienced team behind Kendal Calling music festival. The festival is a separate entity on a separate site but it’s existence means Camp Eden is in the very capable hands of a team who are used to hosting events and campers on a much larger scale than this.

The slick operation of it all and the communal area, with its woodfired pizza cafe and pop-up bar, has a touch of a festival feel but the vibe couldn’t be more different. While a festival is its own destination, this place is very much a base camp. Don’t be surprised to find it deserted in the day as campers scale mountains, take to the lakes and see the sights. The only music you’ll hear will be acoustic, not amplified and the food stalls are more about easy dinners for the kids, rather than fuelling the night’s adventures. In fact, as the stars come out, the place quietens down until the last campfire crackle signifies the end of another day in this Lake District idyll.

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Facilities

There are good-quality event-style flushing toilets and shower cabins dotted around the site as well as plenty of drinking water points and washing up sinks. The make-up of the glamping tents varies. Bell tents are off grid with two options: the Classic Bell Tent, which is simply furnished with airbeds (bring your own bedding), and Luxury Bell Tents, which have metal-framed beds with proper mattresses and bedding, rugs and battery-powered lights. Bedouin Tents and Shikar Tents have more furniture and furnishings, with proper beds, bedding and an electricity supply. There's a communal area with a wood-fired pizza café and a bar serving real ales and cocktails too.

Suitable For

Glampers, campers with their own tents, groups – yes. Campervans, motorhomes, caravans, stag and hen dos, dogs – no.

Nearby

Camp Eden is within the Lake District National Park with all the fell walking and running, wild swimming and sailing, climbing and cycling opportunities you could wish for. The campsite is also within the Lowther Castle Estate (01931 712192). The castle itself is a beautiful ruin with lovely gardens that you can visit just five minutes down the road. It's Lost Castle Adventure Playground is one of the biggest in the country and will be a sure-fire hit with kids. The nearby River Lowther is the perfect place for a spot of wild swimming and Ullswater is the closest lake to site (five miles to its northern shores at Pooley Bridge). Ullswater Steamers (01768 482229) offers a relaxing way to see the scenery and/or combine with a lakeside walk. For something more active on the water, there's always Ullswater Paddleboarding (07810 880932), based at Watermillock, six miles from site. Further around the lake's edge is Aira Force waterfall (01768 482067), which has a National Trust car park, refreshments kiosk and signposted walk. Blencathra is one of the closest high fells to explore.

Food & Drink

With a campsite café on site, there's little need to head further afield if you don't fancy cooking. Breakfasts and wood-fired pizzas are the speciality. There's also a bar serving cocktails and beers from the Lancaster Brewery. To stock up on supplies, Penrith (six miles up the road) has everything you could ask for with a mix of big supermarkets and independent hops. Try J&J Graham in the pretty centre of town for Cumbrian produce that's perfect for picnics and presents.

Open

July and August only.

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The Owner Says

Camp Eden is the gateway to the Lake District National Park, your base to explore the Lowther Estate and the stunning surroundings on our doorstep.

By day, take in the cycle trails, fell running routes, wild swimming spots and famous hikes. By night relax by the campfire with woodfired pizza, local-brewed craft ale and a spot of stargazing.

Accommodation

100 off-grid, grassy pitches for people with their own tents, plus 60 bell tents, 60 bedouin tents and four shikar tents.

Bell Tent – Classic

Bell tent Sleeps 6 30 Available
Our spacious sandstone bell tents are beautifully dressed with all the comforts that you need to enjoy your stay at the festival. Sleeps six maximum.

Bell Tent - Luxury

Bell tent Sleeps 4 30 Available
Our spacious sandstone 5m bell tents are beautifully dressed with all the comforts that you need to enjoy your stay at the festival.

Bedouin

Quirky Sleeps 4 15 Available
These impressive Arabian tents feel like a Sultan’s lair. They are filled with so much luxury you’ll never want to leave.

Mini Bedouin

Quirky Sleeps 2 8 Available
The Mini Bedouin Tent is filled with everything you need for a comfortable night’s sleep. The tents are completely blackout so you can be rest assured of no early wake-ups.

Royal Indian Shikar

Camping bungalow Sleeps 6 4 Available
Our Royal Indian Shikar Tents, hand-made from the finest sailing-grade canvas, were originally conceived as holiday accommodation for the Maharajahs of Rajasthan

Park and Pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 4 13 Available
Grab your camping gear and head to the relaxing grounds of Camp Eden.

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Location

Contact Camp Eden, Lowther Castle & Gardens, Lowther, Penrith, Cumbria CA10 2HH

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Getting There

Camp Eden is situated within the grounds of Lowther Castle, which is well signposted. From Penrith, follow the A6 south for about three and a half miles then turn right towards Lowther. If approaching from the south, leave the M6 at junction 39, signposted for Shap, then head north on the A6 for about seven miles, until a left turn towards Lowther. Following your booking you will receive detailed directions and parking information to help you find the campsite.

Penrith (North Lakes) train station is five-and-a-half miles from the site, from where you can catch the 106 bus or take a taxi direct to Camp Eden.

Reviews

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Rated ★★★★★ over 11 reviews

★★★★☆

Fantastic location, friendly staff and great 1st year campsite

With forced staycations, we were able to book a 6 night pitch mid week - mid week with no problems and at a good price. The campsite is perfectly located with fantastic nearby walks, near Penrith and camp shop by road, plus 1 hr from Hadrian’s wall etc. Lothor castle is a great days visit with truly fantastic kids play area and great meals in their cafe. The campsite itself is well laid out, and despite torrential rain was dry due to field incline. A social shared charging point by the reception tipi was a very friendly and welcoming area and all staff were very friendly. Toilets and showers were hired in portaloos, kept in good clean condition. For year 1 the campsite was brilliantly done. Areas for improvement for years to come would be a kids play area to bring kids together as it’s hard for them to meet, a freezer in reception to swap over ice packs, and a small selection of essentials to buy. The nearest shops are 10+ mins drive away in village or Penrith, so only accessible by car
★★★★★

would recommend

Friendly and helpful staff who care. Clean facilities in good number. Good food. The castle is really interesting - do visit! I would go back :)
Aug 15, 2021 by Hanah Naylor Verified Review
★★★★★

Quirky and quiet

My first ever camping experience was amazing. The festival vibe yet quitest camping site my partner has been to was perfect. When we went the toilets were well replenished. I couldn't believe this was the first time they had done this campsite as it was so well organised and after speaking to staff they were quick to be rectifying any eething problems arising from a new site. Toilets were cubicles and were cleaned everyday as were the showers. We went to the bar which was magical the castle lit up, fire pits where kids were toasting marshmallows and music playing. The campsite was quite and staff were not only available but were friendly and welcoming. The tents were well spaced out with each family having a decent amount of space. I would highly recommend to anyone who wants a nice quiet family camping experience where you are not on top of each other and with a unique experience. We are already looking to book next year.
Aug 14, 2021 by Lisa Hind Verified Review
★★★★★

Friendly staff, good facilities and easy to find

Stayed here for 3 night/4 days and loved it! Everything you need from a campsite, plenty bathrooms and shower stations kept in good condition for a campsite in a field in Cumbria! Will definitely be coming back in the future!
Aug 12, 2021 by Paddy Hunter Verified Review
★★★★★

Just the thing

We had a great few days at Camp Eden, the castle grounds are great to walk around, staff friendly, polite and helpful the facilties very reasonable too. The little bar in the evenings is a really lovely spot to wrap up an evening; all lit up in colours, with chilled music (which is inaudible from the camping area) made for a peaceful end to our nights. Parking was never an issue (they were happy for us to unload our stuff by our pitch and then move the car to a grass car park (just infront of the pitch and park area) and when the weather got a little more biblical there was another carpark (hard ground) just a short walk from the tents. Saw a couple of staff walking round the tent area in the wee small hours, which was comforting knowing they having a little check. They say no amplified music on the site, but we played the radio on our phones at a reasonable level, we heard others playing music too, none of which was intrusive, I think as long as you're respectful of your fellow campers it isnt an issue for them. Camp site is a little exposed to the elements so we struggled with our camp stove alittle, though, neither my girlfriend nor I had been camping in years, so that was probably more 'user error'. Overall, will be be recommending, my girlfriend summed it up best when she said - it has a really nice festival charm to the place.
Aug 8, 2021 by Lexx
★★★★☆

Fun, quirky, festival-themed campsite

We loved our trip here to Camp Eden. We had a park and pitch site. The campsite itself was in a beautiful location - surrounded by trees, hills, beautiful yurts and bell tents, festival flags, bunting and lights everywhere - it had a very laid-back, festival feel. Around the area, there is plenty to do. The Punchbowl Inn is just a 15 minute country walk away (and does spectacular food!), there are nearby walks around Lowther Castle estate and travelling less than 30 minutes west takes you to Castlerigg stone circle (get there early to avoid the crowds!), Whinlatter Forrest Park, Blencathra and Aira Force Waterfall. One of the main reasons we went though, was to experience the castle ruins at night. In the evenings, Camp Eden comes to life, with an under-canopy bar/cafe, communal fire pits, a powerful sound system and coloured spot lights that illuminate the castle ruins. This social space is about a 10 minute walk from the main campsite, so won't keep you awake, but if you want to meet other people, socialise, and enjoy a pint with some great music in a gothic, fantasy setting, its an incredible place to go. I only drop a star because toilets and showers were cubicles and often ran out of soap and tissue paper, that sometimes wouldn't be replenished until late the next day. The 10pm sound curfew also was not enforced, so we know that a few families with young children were kept awake by louder groups at the main campsite. Despite these gripes though, we'd definitely go again.
★★★★★

Lovely time by all

We stayed from Weds to Sat...it rained lots during our stay but we still managed a great time. Staff on site were brilliant especially Stevie. Pizza place wasn't amazing in terms of menu but we didn't expect much ..they were clearly doing their best and the loaded chips are delicious. Margarita pizza however was not value for money but we brought lots of food because we were camping and the pizza was just a snack. We went to Pooley Bridge one day and walked a large part of the lake , then returned and partied at pizza place, toasted marshmallows and even had a dance ( after 9 is best time to do this as they light the pits) another day it rained all day so we visited Penrith ( not the best day) and went to the cinema and on the last day we visited Lowther castle which was a total delight ..such beauty. Our party was 2 adults, an 8 year old girl and two eleven year old boys . We loved the charging station in the reception topee but hated the over aged kids (40 plus) who wanted to carry on partying after 1pm when everyone was trying to sleep ..oh and the woman with the terrible laugh (but there is always one of them). Overall the site is an 8. It loses points was tiny showers and not making it clear to campers that they should shut up after 12..thats something they need in their literature. Staff great all round though so we'll done you friendly lot !
★★★★★

Enjoyable experience

Had a great time here, staff were very polite and helpful, the site was very well priced. We had plenty of room on our pitches as they were generously spaced out, the facilities were nice (especially for a campsite) with well pressured warm showers. Would definitely come again
Jul 31, 2021 by Steven Atkinson
★★★★☆

Excellent location, great for kids!

Me, my husband and 2 year old stayed here for 4 nights in our own tent. The location was amazing, in the grounds of lowther Castle with bike trails (and bike hire) and walking trails right from the Campsite. A few minutes cycle takes you down to the river where you can splash on the shallow rocky beach or swim in deeper. Only 10 minutes drive to Pooley Bridge where you can take boat trips on ullswater. We also went to Aira force Waterfall just a bit further round the lake. There is a bar further down site in front of the castle serving pizza, chips and dessert. The pizza was delicious. It was such a nice atmosphere, with music playing and all the children playing together on the grassy area, it made for a really chilled holiday. It's a pop up site so portaloos obviously not as nice as proper toilets but there were plenty of individual showers with hot water. My only criticism is that there was no where to freeze ice packs but we managed to eke out a few days of the cool box by topping it up with ice from the supermarket! All in all a great stay, would definitely go back!
★★☆☆☆

Nice idea, badly executed

Arriving on our first night we went to eat at the pizza place only to be told there was no food apart from vegan donner kebabs, not something a 4 year old would eat. After being sent in advance this great menu we found there were no deserts/milkshakes etc either. Some people we spoke to had waited 2.5 hours for food, their kids were screaming, it was terrible! We had 4 hungry children and nothing to feed them & we had all had a drink by that point and couldn't drive anywhere to get food, we were stranded. People were ordering domino pizzas in but even that had a long wait. After an hour some chips arrived and we had to make do with that, it was a shambles and bad way to start our holiday. We were also told we could freeze ice blocks at the pizza place, but one night they put them in the fridge rather than freezer which meant any food we had brought with us couldn't be chilled at our tent and was inedible. For what we paid for the 'luxury' tent really wasn't value for money, if we had electricity and could have used our own fridge, that would have been better. And if the extra facilities of pizza place and bar were up to standard then maybe it would have been worth the money but as it stands it really wasn't. We paid over the odds for a bell tent and would have been better off booking a standard campsite with electric hook up. The bar and food area looked great in an amazing setting and could have been great but I don't think people bothered going after the first night's fiasco which made it all lack atmosphere. Staff all very pleasant, toilet block was ok but could have been kept cleaner. Bell tents were fine. We made the best of what it all was and had a good time but it really wasn't what we expected.
Jul 27, 2021 by ruth Verified Review
★★★★★

A great time away!

Camp Eden was a great find, booked late but was very impressed, location is amazing in relation to walks and lakes. Staff are friendly and helpful. The facilities were good, individual showers and toilet blocks available 24hrs, it was quiet for the most part but got busier on the last day which did mean more traffic in the showers and toilets. Lowther Castle was a great walk around and breakfast was great. The pizza van and bar is a great addition, again when it was busy on the last night they ran out of food which was annoying but Morrison’s is only 14min drive. Great pub, Punchbowl Inn down the road in Askham would recommend! In all a great stay, pitch is a great size and nice that there’s a car park rather than parking by the tent. It’s not far to nip back for things.
Jul 26, 2021 by Lauren Hemm Verified Review

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