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.

Details

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.

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